Summer is just about the best time

for movie-watching. The studios toss out their big-gun summer blockbusters, Bengies Drive-In is officially open for business, and then there are all the free outdoor movie screenings. Baltimore’s got a whole mess of nearby opportunities for you to take in the warm air and some (for the most part) quality cinema, from Little Italy all the way over to Falls Road. The showings tend to start around sundown; just be sure you and your friends bring a blanket and check the weather report (pesky thunderstorms can ruin a movie way worse than a kid kicking the back of your seat, though many of the events have rain contingencies).

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Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival,

High and Stiles streets;

. Running every Friday, this summertime staple offers live pre-show music and a selection of classic Italian (and Italian-American) films.

July 1:

Moonstruck

July 8:

Falling in Love

July 15:

No Reservations

July 22:

After the Fox

July 29:

On the Town

Aug. 5:

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The Tourist

Aug. 12:

Nine

Aug. 19:

The Secret of Santa Vittoria

Aug. 26:

Cinema Paradiso

Flicks From the Hill,

800 Key Highway;

. Right next to the Inner Harbor, Flicks from the Hill-goers can enjoy a steady mix of classics and crowd pleasers while sitting in the natural amphitheater formed by Federal Hill. Not to mention free admission to the American Visionary Art Museum from 5 to 9

p.m.

July 7:

Airplane!

July 14:

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

July 21:

Some Like it Hot

July 28:

Duck Soup

Aug. 4:

Viva Las Vegas

Aug. 11:

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Aug. 18:

Men in Black

Aug. 25:

The Pink Panther (1963)

Films on the Pier,

Broadway Pier,

. Bring a lawn chair down to the Broadway Pier in Fells Point every Wednesday in July and August for a free flick. Shows start at 8:45

p.m.

July 6:

The Fighter

July 13:

The Social Network

July 20:

Iron Man 2

July 27:

Get Him to the Greek

Aug. 3:

Takers

Aug. 10:

Let Me In

Aug. 17:

Twilight: Eclipse

Aug. 24:

Black Swan

Hopkins Summer Outdoor Films,

Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus Lower Quad, Shriver Hall;

. Starting in June, the quad in front of Gilman Hall becomes an open-air theater screening new favorites and old standards. As of press time, the line-up is still being voted on from a list that includes Oscar-winning The Social Network, mind scramble Inception, old-school The Goonies, Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, and Harry Potter 7—wait, there’ve been seven? We are old.

Village of Cross Keys Movie Fest,

Village Square, Cross Keys;

. The local shopping hot spot, in addition to screening a selection of Academy Award-winners, also offers pre-movie dinner and shopping specials and open-captioning on all films.

June 4:

Shakespeare In Love

June 11:

The Blind Side

June 18:

The King's Speech

June 25:

Slumdog Millionaire

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