Lights, camera, action! Unique spots to enjoy movies in Indy

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Arts & Entertainment | No Comments

Where are my popcorn lovers, movie trivia buffs and non-stop movie quoters? Raise your hand if you’re in for some unique summertime movie fun! I’ve put together a list of my favorite out-of-the-ordinary movie spots for you to check out.

Tibbs Drive-in Theatre – What summer would be complete without a visit to a drive-in? Two movies for the price of one, an opportunity to snuggle up in a sleeping back in the bed of a truck and gorge yourself on *all of the things* at the concession stand? Sign me up!

Pro tips: plan to arrive early – at least an hour should be good, bring cash for a faster entry, and beat the traffic by coming from the south. Don’t worry if your battery drains, they have staff on-hand to help!

Summer Nights at the Indianapolis Museum of Art – Always a crowd favorite, tickets for the summer nights series sell out each and every year. Movies are held at the outdoor IMA amphitheater on Friday and Saturday nights. Be sure to bring your comfy blankets, coolers and snacks.

Movies in the Park at Garfield Park – Enjoy a movie under the stars. No tickets required! Don’t forget your bug spray, lawn games, friends and food!

Frankie’s Flicks at White Rabbit Cabaret – 80s Blockbusters for a buck… Back to the Future, Top Gun, Raiders of the Lost Ark! Advance tickets free or a buck at the door — you really can’t beat that mid-week deal.

Indy Film Fest – It happens every year and always seems to sneak up on me! This year, I’m tempted to take some vacation days just to ensure I get to experience all 10 days of independent films. The fest starts mid-July at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Not only are the films shot and produced in all corners of the world, some of them are made right here in our backyard, thanks to the 48 Hour Film Project. Filmmakers write, shoot, edit and score films in just 48 hours. Crazy!

The Historic Artcraft Theatre- And last but not least, my favorite! Even though the Artcraft isn’t technically in Indianapolis, it’s reallllly close – a 20 minute drive will take you back in time nearly 100 years! Built in 1922 as a silent movie theater, it’s undergone a complete renovation to preserve its original charm. And speaking of charm, not only do they show cult classics and noir films, they perform a short skit related to the film, show a cartoon and invite you to sing our National Anthem. Oh and you can’t forget the crowd favorite raffle and “long distance award.” The $5 ticket, affordable concessions, quaint shops and local eateries along the square are well worth the drive!


Casey Dell is a Success Manager at and a graduate of IUPUI’s Kelley School of Business. She loves living and working downtown. As a former 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl staffer, Casey is ecstatic with the continual impact the Big Game has had on Indy. When she’s not fostering kittens, you’ll find her trail running, instagramming and dining al fresco!

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