In a theater, there's only so much cuddling or stretching you can do during a movie. When watching a film under the stars, there's no arm rest separating you from your honey or seat in front of you keeping your legs from straightening (just don't do anything that would upset your blanket neighbors). Plus, most of the outdoor movie series around town are free.

In a theater, there's only so much cuddling or stretching you can do during a movie. When watching a film under the stars, there's no arm rest separating you from your honey or seat in front of you keeping your legs from straightening (just don't do anything that would upset your blanket neighbors). Plus, most of the outdoor movie series around town are free.

So unless it's a broiling night - in which case you should catch one of CAPA's film offerings in the cool air of the Ohio Theatre - an outdoor movie is a fun and affordable way to spend an evening. Just remember to arrive early enough to get a good spot, and don't forget the insect repellent.

Here are a few of the most popular and the newest free outdoor movie spots that you shouldn't miss this summer.

Wex Drive-In

Where: Wexner Center Plaza

1871 North High St., Campus

When: Festivities begin at 8 p.m.; movie begins at about 9 p.m.

What to bring: Blanket or lawn chairs, plus ID and money for the cash bar

What's showing:

June 16: "Lost in Translation"

July 21: "Battle in Outer Space"

Aug. 18: "Howl's Moving Castle"

More info: wexarts.org

Fryer Flicks on the Hill

Where: Fryer Park sledding hill

3899 Orders Rd., Grove City

When: Dusk on Thursdays

What to bring: Blanket or lawn chairs, snacks or cash for popcorn and ice cream

What's showing:

June 16: "How to Train Your Dragon"

June 23: "Racing Stripes"

June 30: "The Karate Kid"

July 7: "Stuart Little"

July 14: "An American Tail"

July 21: "West Side Story"

July 28: "Over the Hedge"

Aug. 4: "Cars"

More info: grovecityohio.gov

Movies + Music

Where: Columbus Commons

160 S. High St., Downtown

When: 7 p.m. Saturdays

What to bring: Your dancing shoes. Each week a local band will play from 7-9 p.m.

What's showing:

June 18: "The Goonies"

June 25: "Shrek Forever After"

July 30: "Back to the Future"

Aug. 6: "Grease"

More info: columbuscommons.org

Creekside Movie Nights

Where: Gahanna Rotary Stage at Creekside Plaza

123 Mill St., Gahanna

When: 9 p.m.

What to bring: Blankets or lawn chairs

What's showing:

June 24: "Jurassic Park"

July 22: "Footloose"

August 26: "Aladdin"

More info: gahanna.gov

Movies by Moonlight series

Where: Easton Town Square

160 Easton Town Center, Easton

When: Tuesdays at dusk

What to bring: A blanket and snacks from your favorite mall eatery

What's showing:

July 5: "Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory"

July 12: "Despicable Me"

July 19: "Ghostbusters"

July 26: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"

August 2: "Enchanted"

August 9: "Gnomeo & Juliet"

August 16: "Wall-E"

August 23: "Raiders of the Lost Ark"

August 30: "Sleepless in Seattle"

More info: eastontowncenter.com

Screen on the Green: Movies in Goodale Park

Where: Goodale Park

120 W. Goodale St., Victorian Village

When: Dusk

What to bring: Blankets, flashlights and a youthful sense of humor for the half-hour of cartoons preceding the movie

What's showing:

July 22: "Airplane!"

August 19: "Rear Window"

September 16: "The Goonies"

More info: shortnorthcivic.org

Movies on the Mile

Where: Bicentennial Park

When: Family activities begin at 7 p.m.; the movie starts at dusk

What to bring: Blanket or lawn chairs

What's showing:

July 9: "ET The Extra Terrestrial"

July 15: "Despicable Me"

July 29: "The Pink Panther"

Aug. 5: "Inception"

Aug. 19: "Toy Story 3"

More info: parks.columbus.gov