Family- and Budget-Friendly Entertainment Flickers across Montgomery County

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Montgomery County's list of outdoor movies for the remainder of the summer is plentiful.

Summer 2022 can be seen as a tough one for families: COVID-19 worries still lurk about; gasoline prices are limiting travel; weekly grocery budgets are through the roof; kids are getting antsy. Fortunately, Montgomery County has an ample antidote for these ills: outdoor movies.

The projectors at these showings usually fire up after full dark, which means 8:45 p.m. or so. Of course, its best to arrive before then and stake a claim. The blow-up screens accommodate widespread sightlines, but chairs or blankets to sit on can make viewings more comfortable.

Some communities invite food trucks to stop by; others are situated near carry-out restaurants. All support bringing popcorn and nonalcoholic beverages from home.

The features lean toward kid-vid fare (Disney is omnipresent), but a few are screening PG or PG-13 films.

One downside might be mosquitos, which can be handled with applied protection (commercial or natural). But major upsides include the low cost of a night out and no sticky floors to navigate.

July 19Wentz Run Park Gazebo, Blue Bell
July 20Leeland Park, Conshohocken
July 22Limerick Community Park
July 22Debarth Amphitheater, North Wales
July 22Ursinus College, Collegeville
July 27Water Tower Square, Montgomeryville
July 29School Road Park, Hatfield
Aug. 4Manor College Campus, Jenkintown (registration requested)
Aug. 5Upper Gwynedd Parkside Place Park, North Wales
Aug. 9Wentz Run Park Gazebo, Blue Bell
Aug. 12Limerick Community Park
Aug. 17Leeland Park, Conshohocken
Aug. 24Centennial Park, Hatfield

Families seeking a outdoor movie in a unique setting can try the retro-fun of a classic drive-in. There’s one just about an hour’s commute from Montgomery County, in Orefield, Pa.

Shankweiler’s Drive-in Theater has been in operation since 1934, making it the oldest entity of its type still drawing automobile audiences.

Outdoor movie opportunities in proximity to Montgomery County include Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theater,
only about an hour’s drive away.