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Northwestern’s Outdoor Summer Cinema Offers Family Films

Free screenings include action films and animated adventures for the entire family

  • Summer Cinema series begins June 29 with ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’
  • Wednesday night screenings will begin around 8:45 p.m.
  • Every movie event will feature free fresh popcorn and a bubble station
  • Special treats will range from sand art and glowsticks to free ice cream and lemonade  

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Pry the family away from the living room TV for one or more free lakeside evening screenings under the stars sponsored by Northwestern University’s Norris University Center and Summer Session.

Summer Cinema 2016 films will be screened at dusk (around 8:45 p.m.) on Wednesday nights, from June 29 through July 28, on the East Lawn of Norris Center on the Evanston campus.

Special pre-movie events will begin at 7:30 p.m., and family-friendly treats, including free popcorn at every movie event, will be available prior to all screenings. 

If it rains, the scheduled film will be screened indoors in Norris Center’s 360-seat McCormick Auditorium, located on the first floor. All activities also will be moved inside on the ground floor. 

Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs, blankets, food, beverages (alcoholic beverages are prohibited) and an environmentally-friendly insect repellent. 

Free parking is available after 4 p.m. in the two-level lakefront lot south of Norris Center.

Information related to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) ratings shown above is available online.

For more Summer Cinema information, visit the Norris Center website

Summer Cinema 2016

  • June 29 -- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (J.J. Abrams, United States, 2015, 136 minutes). Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy, and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. This action adventure film stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Special audience treats: sand art and glowsticks. (PG-13 rating) 
  • July 6 -- “Inside Out,” (Pete Doctor and Ronnie Del Carmen, United States, 2015, 95 minutes). Disney-Pixar’s animated adventure comedy follows young Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life after she and her family move to San Francisco. The young girl’s emotions of joy, fear, anger, disgust and sadness conflict with how best to navigate a new city, new house and new school. The film features the voiceovers of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Diane Lane. Special audience treat: free ice cream creations. (PG rating)
  • July 13 -- “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Steven Spielberg, United States, 1981, 115 minutes). This special screening celebrates the 35th anniversary of Spielberg’s popular action adventure film. Set in 1936, the film follows archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones, who is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis. It stars Harrison Ford and Karen Allen. Special audience treats: $1.35 hot dog (cash only) and free chips and lemonade. (PG rating)
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