Movies In The Park 2011: 500 Days Of Summer, Harry Potter, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off & More

May 10, 2011 9:00 AM 15 comments

Get your picnic blankets and bug spray ready! Movies in the Park, the Nashville Scene’s annual outdoor film series, is back for its 16th year with another killer lineup. The fun starts June 1 and runs for five weeks, barring any rain dates (which you can probably count on. This is Nashville, after all). Movies in the Park is free, but bring some cash for Nashville’s many food trucks and restaurants that will be representing. Movies start at sunset at the Centennial Park bandshell. Here’s the lineup, and we’ll see you there!

Movies in the Park 2011

June 1 – 500 Days of Summer
June 8 – Harry Potter – latest one!
June 15 – Sherlock Holmes (new version) Canceled due to weather, rescheduled for July 6
June 22 – Despicable Me
June 29 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (the NON edited version)
July 6 – Sherlock Holmes (rescheduled from June 15)

Participating Restaurants

The Grilled Cheeserie
Cupcake Collection
Fleur de Lis
Moosehead Kettle Corn
Tin Can Treats
Chili Pop’s
Moe’s Southwest
Joe’s Crabshack

  • Charles

    I know you can’t please everybody, but WHY would an event so obviously attractive for families start off with “500 Days of Summer (pg13)” then go to the new Harry Potter, also inappropriate for little kids. We were so looking forward to going. Now we can’t. Great idea, lousy execution.

  • Taylor

    I don’t think 500 days of summer is a terrible choice for kids. The things that aren’t necessarily appropriate wouldn’t even be recognized by children.



  • morganlevy

    You can bring picnic baskets, coolers, chairs – just remember it’s illegal to consume alcohol in a public park. Leave the glass beverage containers at home too. 

    As noted in the post, the movies start at sunset. Sunset is a different time every day, generally around 8pm for the month of June, and you can find it on Tonight sunset is scheduled for 7:59pm, but I doubt you can expect Movies in the Park to be that prompt. 

  • morganlevy

    Can’t make everyone happy for every movie – the lineup is always a balance of classics, family-friendly, cult favorites and blockbusters. They’re showing the animated film Despicable Me in a few weeks and your kids will love it. 

  • Kaylahope1988

    How much is the food they have there?

  • morganlevy

    Just depends on the truck – For example, The Grilled Cheeserie sandwiches usually range between $5-8.

  • Mel

    Do the food trucks accept credit cards or cash only? 

  • morganlevy

    Most of them are cash only. I know the Japanese food truck (which isn’t officially on the list but has been known to show up around the park) accepts cards, but that’s the only one I know of. 

  • MoviesInPark

    Can you bring your dog?

  • morganlevy


    Q. Can I bring my dog?A. Dogs are welcome, but they must be on a leash at all times. Be considerate and pick up any doggie leftovers. Dog cages and/or pens are not allowed. 

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  • Clgleaves

    How will I know if the movie has been cancelled due to weather?  Will they cancel only if it is raining at sunset or will they cancel if it’s in the forecast?  Thanks SO much !

  • morganlevy

    They usually make the call a few hours before the event. Depends on if lightning is in the forecast or not usually. You can watch our twitter ( or the Nashville Scene’s twitter ( for the update. We also always update this post when we hear of cancelations. 

  • jnn83

    I am new to Nashville, where exactly inside the Park do they show the movies at?

  • morganlevy

    You can’t miss it! It’s technically at the bandshell (on the West End side of the Parthenon) but you won’t be able to miss the crowd. 

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