Free Akron Outdoor Movies
Free Akron Outdoor Movies is one of those great ideas that came almost out of nowhere, as a couple of running buddies thought it up while jogging through Glendale Cemetery one morning.
“Wouldn’t it be cool to show a movie here on a big screen, under the stars, free for everyone?” That was back in 2011, and the same group of friends has put on a free, family-friendly movie in Glendale Cemetery every year since.
The response from the community has been tremendous, and we’ve had crowds of hundreds of neighbors on blankets and chairs at every event. We also received immediate support from the City of Akron and other businesses and organizations over the years to offset the costs and keep the movies free, including PNC Bank, Akron Digital Media Center, Glendale Cemetery, West Hill Neighborhood Organization, and Premier Bank.
In addition to feature films and concessions, we’ve shown cartoon shorts, hosted open mic audience storytelling, offered activities for children, enjoyed live music, and invited local food cart vendors.
In 2015, we received a generous grant from PNC Bank and were able to purchase the large outdoor screen, projector, audio equipment, and generator that we had previously rented!
With some of the main rental costs no longer an obstacle, we changed our mission to one of being able to host multiple movies each year, not just the annual film we started with. So now we are portable…and able to show PopUp movies under the stars all over the Akron-area!
Having our own outdoor movie equipment also gives us (via the help and coordination with Akron Digital Media Center) the opportunity to help other organizations and non-profits show films at their events. (Don’t worry, we’ll still always show a movie in the cemetery too!)
We look forward to making more free, outdoor, family-friendly movies available in many Akron neighborhoods in this and coming years.
Contact us if you want to explore holding a pop-up movie at your organization’s event.