The days are getting shorter, and the crisp autumn air is slowly making its way into Charlotte. Fall in the Queen City means adventuring outside for various reasons, especially when it involves catching a great film under the stars.
Luckily for Charlotteans, we’ve reeled in a few ways to take advantage of the incredible weather by enjoying movie-inspired events throughout the city. So, grab a blanket and relax with a pumpkin-flavored beverage in hand with a fall film this season.
Fridays in October at sunset
The U.S National Whitewater Center rolls out the earthed carpet for its Whitewater Film Series. Partnering with Great Outdoor Provision Co., the center offers a variety of feature-length films that focus on the outdoors and those living their fullest lives in it. The movie viewings take place every Friday at sunset during October.
October 6 – Kadoma + Lockin In
October 13 – Made To Be Broken
October 20 – Blood Road
October 27 – The Great Alone
Sundays at 9 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Stranger Sundays starting Oct. 29. The Cotton Room is a modern speakeasy that pays tribute to Charlotte’s cotton history by preserving the building’s original flooring, brick walls and rafter design. Bask in beautiful architecture while traveling back in time to the early 1980s with Netflix’s mega hit, Stranger Things.
Fridays in October at sunset
Get into the Halloween spirit with Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop’s spooktacular Friday flicks. This neighborhood favorite provides a perfect way for you to experience thrilling cult classics, like Friday the 13th, while sipping on a seasonal brew. The best part: no snack smuggling. Craft has you covered with flatbread pizzas to charcuterie plates. Movies are shown in the beer garden, but the seating is first come, first serve. Come early to claim one of the picnic tables or B.Y.O. comfy blanket and lawn chair.
October 6 – Psycho
October 13 – Friday the 13th
October 20 – Nightmare on Elm Street
October 27 – The Blair Witch Project
October 21 from Noon to 4 p.m.
Let your geek flag fly at the 6th Annual Geek Short Film Fest (GSFF) in Charlotte, one of the most-anticipated celebration for cinema aficionados. The fest invites lovers of film to view the short films submitted for competition, and winners are chosen in set categories, like Best Horror or Best Animation. The Queen City Cinephiles are also special guest hosts of the event.
Harry Potter Fandom
October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
October 21 at 2 p.m.
October 22 at 1 p.m.
Relive the magic of the first installment of the Harry Potter series at Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert. The Charlotte Symphony will play the score from the first film while you enjoy the film on a giant screen. Go with your friends or take along someone who was too young to enjoy the Harry Potter series — and get them hooked on the books just like you did.
Count to 100
November 3-4 at 8 p.m.
The annual 100 Words Film Festival has just one requirement: Every film must be presented in exactly 100 spoken words. The battle for greatness via concision draws professional filmmakers and student filmmakers together to share their craft. The festival features debut screenings in every genre from filmmakers of every caliber (from Academy Award winners to rising talents) across the world.
Kid at Heart
Sept. 28, 2017 – May 21, 2018
Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (April to October) / 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (November to March)
Channel your inner racecar driver as you experience the NASCAR Hall of Fame‘s newest exhibit “Cars 3: Inspired by NASCAR” on display from now through May 2018. Highlights of the exhibit include a life-size look-alike character car of Lightening McQueen, hands-on kids activities and 16 displays that showcase the Cars 3 movie characters inspired by real-life NASCAR stars.
Movies on the Deck
October 19 at 8 p.m.
400 South Tryon Parking Garage
This fall, get ready to enjoy a Halloween classic among Charlotte’s captivating skyline. Located atop the 400 South Tryon parking garage, Trinity Partners, Charlotte Center City and Susie Films partnered together to present Movies on the Deck: Pick your Flick, where the viewers are able to vote from a selection of Halloween favorites: Hocus Pocus, The Ring, and Beetlejuice. Anticipate live music to kick off the event at 6:45 p.m., along with food and beverages from JJ’s Red Hots and Blue Blaze Brewing for purchase, and a free showing of the film at 8 p.m. (popcorn included). Bring a blanket or low-back lawn chair, and nestle in for a night of nostalgic cinema.
Location tip: The entrance to the deck is on South Church St, across from Mellow Mushroom. Movie-goers should take the parking garage elevator or stairs to the 4th level for the event.
With countless, unique locations to film a movie or TV show, Charlotte has become a hub for productions looking for a combination of true Southern hospitality mixed with an urban, metropolitan vibe. If you are interested in learning more about Charlotte’s film scene or want to inquire about local movie screenings in Charlotte, follow Charlotte Film on Facebook and Twitter
Written by Breanne Sykes | Updates by Chelsea Galusky