By Robby Osborne
It’s that time of year again, when the big screen gets let out to enjoy the great outdoors. No buffer seats are necessary when movies can be watched while sitting picnic blankets and lawn chairs instead of cramped movie theater seats. These outdoor theaters make for wonderful family night outs this summer, and are often much cheaper than their indoor counterparts.
No four-legged family members should come along, they wouldn’t be able to follow the plot. Because it is outdoors, not all elements can be controlled, and movies are subject to cancellations due to weather concerns.
Sips and Cinema
The Early Mountain Vineyards are transforming their lawn into a family-friendly movie theater for Sips and Cinema on the last Thursday of every month starting in May and ending in September. For the Cinema, movies have an 8:30 p.m. showtime with popcorn included for $6. The movies shown have all passed the test of time for family fun.For the Sips, the vineyard has an excellent selection of wines available for purchase.
-The Princess Bride, May 29
-Pirates of the Carribean, June 26
-Shrek, July 31
-Back to the Future, August 28
-The Sandlot, September 25
6109 Wolftown-Hood Road, Madison, 22727
(540) 948 9005, earlymountain.com
May 29 through Sept.25; $6
2910 District Ave., Fairfax, 22031
Every Friday; Free
-Despicable Me 2, June 21
-Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, July 19
-The Lego Movie, Aug. 16
7 p.m.; Free
-Despicable Me 2, Aug. 9
Aug. 2 through 30, 6 p.m.; Free