Want to watch free movies under the stars?

Downtown Garner presents its 2017 Outdoor Movie Series

Spend the evening under the stars with family, food, and fun on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center (GPAC). The 2017 Outdoor Movie Series is presented with support from our sponsors Planet Fitness, HomeTowne Realty of Garner, and the Town of Garner.

Event Details: 

When: First Thursday of the month – May through October 2017 at Sunset


Where: Back Lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center  – 125 Avery St. Garner, North Carolina 27529


Admission & Parking: Free Admission. Free Parking at GPAC (742 W. Garner Rd.) & the Avery Street Rec Center (125 Avery St)

There is just something special about watching a movie outside.

The warm breeze blowing, sounds of summer in the background, and stars shining overhead – Come enjoy cinematic magic in an outdoor setting with your family and friends. We have selected new releases along with some old favorites for all to enjoy.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets, grab a beer from the local craft brewery on sight, enjoy food, ice cream, or popcorn from our vendors or even bring your own picnic, and settle down on the grass for a fabulous night of great food, great beer and great cinema!

In case of RAIN: the movie will be cancelled.  We will try to reschedule if possible. Check the Facebook events page the day of the showing for weather updates.

We kindly request that pets stay at home – unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the Garner Performing Arts Center, even outdoors, due to liability concerns.

Parents – Please Note: While we tried to pick family friendly films, some films may contain strong language/content that’s not appropriate for younger viewers. We ask parents to use discretion when deciding to bring children under the age of 13. We thank you for understanding.

Featured Movies:

hidden figure movie

May 4th:

Hidden Figures (2016)

Estimated Start Time: 8:30pm

Run time: 2 hr 7 min

Rating: PG

Genre: Biography, Drama, History

Story line: The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie

June 1st:

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them (2016)

Estimated Start Time: 8:30 pm

Run Time: 2 hr 13 min

Rating: PG -13

Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Story line: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.


sandlot movie

July 5th:

The Sandlot (1993)

Estimated Start Time: 8:30 pm

Run time: 1 hr 41 min

Rating: PG

Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family

Story line: A new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his team in this coming of age movie set in the summer of 1962. Together, they get themselves into many adventures involving rival teams, lifeguards, and a vicious dog.


Groundhog Day Poster movie

August 3rd:

Groundhog Day (1993)

Estimated Start Time: 8:30 pm

Run time: 1 hr 41 min

Rating: PG

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Story line: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.


Rogue One Poster movie

September 7th:

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Estimated Start Time: 7:30 pm

Run time: 2 hr 13 min

Rating: PG -13

Genre: Science Fiction, Action

Story line: The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star, setting up the epic saga to follow.


Ghostbusters Poster movie

October 5th:

Ghostbusters (1984)

Estimated Start Time: 7:00 pm

Run time: 1 hr 45 min

Rating: PG

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Story line: Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.