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9 Ways to Fall for Film in Charlotte

posted by Breanne Sykes October 9, 2017
USNWC Whitewater Film Series – Photo by USNWC

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.

Outdoor Cinema

The Whitewater Film Series returns one week from tonight 9/1 at sunset at the #USNWC

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USNWC: Whitewater Film Series

Fridays in October at sunset
Cost: Free

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.

Movie Schedule:
October 6 – Kadoma + Lockin In
October 13 – Made To Be Broken
October 20 – Blood Road
October 27 – The Great Alone

Stranger Things

Stranger Things – Photo by Netflix

The Cotton Room: Stranger Sundays

Sundays at 9 p.m.
Cost: Free

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.

Spooktacular Flicks

Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop

Fridays in October at sunset
Cost: Free

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.

Movie Schedule:
October 6 – Psycho
October 13 – Friday the 13th
October 20 – Nightmare on Elm Street
October 27 – The Blair Witch Project

Geek Out

HeroesCon 2017 – Photo by Laura White

6th Annual Geek Short Film Fest

October 21 from Noon to 4 p.m.

Noah’s Event Venue
Cost: Free; Donations accepted for The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

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

Harry Potter Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ in Concert

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone In Concert

October 20 at 7:30 p.m.
October 21 at 2 p.m.
October 22 at 1 p.m.

Ovens Auditorium
Cost: $30-$90
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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

100 Words Film Festival – Photo by 100 Words Film Festival

100 Words Film Festival

November 3-4 at 8 p.m.

Blumenthal Performing Arts, McGlohon Theater
Cost: $15
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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

Cars 3 Inspired by NASCAR – Photo by NASCAR Hall of Fame

NASCAR Hall of Fame: “Cars 3 inspired by NASCAR”

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)

NASCAR Hall of Fame
Cost: $25 adults, $22 seniors (65+), $18 military, $12-18 children (3-12), Free for members
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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.

Uptown Views

Charlotte Skyline – Photo by Charlottesgotalot

Movies on the Deck

October 19 at 8 p.m.

400 South Tryon Parking Garage
Cost: Free

This fall, get ready to enjoy a Halloween classic among Charlotte’s captivating skyline. Located atop the 400 South Tryon parking garage, Trinity PartnersCharlotte 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.

Click here to vote for October’s spooky film.

Fright Fest

Coco and the Director – Photo by Chelsea Galusky

Coco and the Director: Halloween Movie Features

October 28-31, 2017
Cost: Free

Gather around the staircase at Coco and the Director for their screening of Halloween classics starting Saturday, Oct. 28. Family films will be shown in the afternoon followed by chilling cinema in the evening. Complimentary candy will be handed out and $1 popcorn will be served. Proceeds from popcorn sales will be donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Family Friendly Movie Schedule:
October 28 – James & the Giant Peach (1:30pm), Monster House (4pm)
October 29 – Coraline (1:30pm), Frankenweenie (4pm)
October 30 – Hotel Transylvania (4pm)
October 31 – Nightmare Before Christmas (4pm)

Horror Movie Schedule:
October 28 – Saw (6pm), The Visit (8pm)
October 29 – Saw II (6pm), Saw III (8pm)
October 30 – Saw IV (6pm), Freddie vs. Jason (8pm)
October 31 – Saw V (6pm), Annabell (8pm)


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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharlotteFilm
Twitter: @CharlotteFilm
Website: www.charlottefilm.com

Written by Breanne Sykes | Updates by Chelsea Galusky

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