We know you’re hot. We’re hot too. The best way to catch a cool breeze? A free movie. That’s right, with several ongoing summer series all over town you can sit back, relax, and stretch out on a lawn or the beach — it’s popcorn time. If you prefer to catch your films inside make sure to hit up the limited edition documentaries, recorded operas, and sing-a-long classic films screening at various theaters in the area. We like to think of it as fun out of the sun. 

Starting last month, Cinebarre began hosting their annual free outdoor movies series. The shows start around dusk which is generally between 8:30 and 9 p.m., but you can show up earlier to claim a good spot and grab some food and drinks inside the theater. Check the lineup here. 

Cinebarre is partnering with the town of Mt. P to show some outdoor films at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park during the month of August. Bring your chairs and blankets for a movie with a view. Check out the schedule here. 

If you’re more into opera than you are outside screenings then head to the final showing of “The Met: Live in HD,” a summer series that shows recorded classic operas from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC. On July 29 you can catch Aida, a show about an enslaved Ethiopian princess who falls in love with an Egyptian warrior at Azalea Square Stadium 16 in Summerville and Charlestowne Square 18 in North Chuck. 

Let’s talk, er, sing, some Grease lightning. As part of “TCM Presents” Fathom Events will be screening Grease Sing-A-Long on August 16 and 19 at  Azalea Square Stadium 16 in Summerville and Charlestowne Square 18 in North Charleston. It’s like watching Grease but actually being allowed to sing along. 

On Wed. August 12 Fathom Event’s will screen Unity, a two-hours plus documentary about humanity’s inability to get along with animals and the environment. That’s a summed up description of course. Narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, the film took seven years to produce.

As part of its ongoing film series the Charleston Music Hall will present It Might Get Loud on Thurs. August 13. This documentary tells the personal stories of three generations of guitar “virtuosos” — U2’s The Edge, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, and The White Stripes’ Jack White. Tickets are only $8 and come with free popcorn. Turn up the volume.

You can always catch films at other popular ongoing series like Tides Folly Beach’s beach movies every Wednesday and Terrace Theater’s Little Gym family series which continues until August 12.

Check out a previous post for more info on the movies Park Circle Films will be showing this month (you can even catch Teenage tomorrow). 

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