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Ways to Watch Movies in Memphis You Might Not Know About

Cars parked at an outdoor drive-in movie theater in Memphis at dusk, with a large screen in the background and people walking around.

Whether you’re looking to escape the Memphis heat on a summer afternoon or to enjoy one of the few drive in theatres left in the country, a movie is the perfect way to pass the time. For a movie experience that’s outside of the box (office) check out this list.

Cars parked at an outdoor drive-in movie theater in Memphis at dusk, with a large screen illuminated by twilight.


Memphis has one of the only drive-in movie theatres in the country, located on Summer Avenue. The Summer Drive-In offers double features nightly. Catch the next summer blockbuster or check out the Time Warp Series, hosted by Malco Theaters, Black Lodge video, and Guerilla Monster Films. At about $22 a carload, you can enjoy a whole night of movies. Snacks and drinks are available for purchase.

Interior of a modern 3d theater in Memphis with rows of blue seats and a large screen displaying a promotional image for lively learning.

Mosh Central/The Pink Palace

At the Pink Palace’s enormous Giant Screen Theater, you can feel as if you’re truly flying airplanes in the early 20th century, walking side by side with dinosaurs, or floating through space. Check here for a list of shows and times.

Exterior view of the Orpheum Theater in Memphis with bright neon signs advertising movies and people walking by on the street.

The Orpheum

Experience the beauty and charm of the Orpheum without the price of a ticket for a Broadway show. The Orpheum now hosts a year-round movie series that offers a range of modern films to beloved classics.

A large, diverse audience seated in a dimly lit auditorium in Memphis, attentively facing a stage out of view, reminiscent of eager moviegoers awaiting the show to begin.

Indie Memphis

Indie Memphis is a non-profit organization that seeks to enrich, inspire, and connect Memphis through the development of independent film. For nearly two decades, Indie Memphis has held the Indie Memphis Film Festival to celebrate the cultivation of independent features, documentaries, and short films for filmmakers, musicians, artists, and audiences from all over the country. They are also hosting a weekly film series every Wednesday starting in February. You can see all their upcoming events here.

Audience in a darkened theater with red and amber lights, watching a movie in Memphis, some attendees looking engaged with visible ID badges.

Film Screenings at Crosstown Arts

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. They provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences. Go here for their schedule of events and film screenings.

Know of a film festival or public movie-watching event that should be on this list? Please email for consideration.

What goes great with watching movies? Popcorn of course! Check out these local popcorn shops.

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