Unique 30A: Catch a Movie Under the Stars

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Relax and unwind with a movie on the lawn at Seaside's amphitheater. Photo by Jacqueline Ward Images

By Lindsey Rogers

Jazz up a regular movie night in South Walton with a film screening under the stars. More and more of our local communities have started outdoor movie nights and they’re perfect not only for families, but even date nights or picnic dinners after a day in the sun.

Movies in the park add an exciting twist to watching a movie on your couch. First and foremost, you’re outside enjoying the night sky. In addition, your kids will love the freedom to run around in the grass and make new friends while watching a movie.

Make sure to come prepared with your lawn chairs, blanket, bug spray and cooler. Some locations offer food and beverage for purchase.

Movie goers enjoy popcorn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf's Sunday cinema.
Movie goers enjoy popcorn at The Village of Baytowne Wharf’s Sunday Cinema.

Movies in the moonlight are offered all across South Walton. Whether you’re staying in Rosemary or Sandestin,  a film is bound to be playing near you.

Here’s your list of where to catch a movie on the lawn:

Rosemary Beach

Rosemary Beach holds their Moonlight Movies and Face Painting on Thursdays at the Western Green. Face painting begins at 6 p.m. and show time is 8:15 p.m.

Make sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. DogManDu will be selling popcorn and hotdogs. (They’re said to be the best on the beach!)

Alys Beach

The amphitheatre at Alys Beach is perfect for a family night. Catch one of their Summer Reels on Tuesdays at 8 p.m.

Kids can enjoy a movie and also run off some energy in the fountains. Bring your blankets and low-back chairs to comfortably enjoy the evening.

The Hub

If you don’t feel like bringing your own chairs, then The Hub is for you. With provided seating and lots of food and drink options, you’ll be set for the night.

Movie Night is every Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Enjoy a movie at Seasides‘s Central Square Cinema on Friday nights.

Bring your blankets to the amphitheater for an 8 p.m. screening. If you’re looking for a bite to eat or treat to cure the sweet tooth, Airstream Row has you covered.

The Village of Baytowne Wharf

Spend your Sunday exploring the shops and restaurants of the Village. Test your strength at the Baytowne Adventure Zone or relax on Captain Rex’s Sailing Adventure.

End the day with a Sunday Cinema at 8 p.m. in the Events Plaza.

For a full list of events in the area, including movie nights, check out our events calendar.

Lindsey Rogers is a summer intern with The 30A Company.