Indianapolis Museum of Art Announces Summer Nights Film Series


Beginning June 3, Friday nights at the Museum will once again feature timeless movies from across the decades and interactive preshow programming in the IMA Amphitheater. Still one of Indianapolis’ most unique outdoor film experiences, the 40th anniversary of this longstanding tradition will offer four audience-selected films, two double features and new preshow entertainment.

New this year, an 18-hole putt-putt course will be available for preshow entertainment. Mini Golf at the IMA—located directly above the IMA Amphitheater on the Alliance Sculpture Court—features original holes designed by local and regional artists. In honor of Indiana’s 2016 Bicentennial, each hole is inspired by Indiana history, heritage and landmarks. Moviegoers can putt through covered bridges and Indiana farmland, former city landmarks and amusement parks and even a reproduction of Kurt Vonnegut’s office before enjoying a movie under the stars.

After the success of last year’s bracket tournament, the public was once again invited to vote for which films they would like to see included in the lineup. Last month, a bracket on the IMA website pitted 64 films from different decades against each other. In August, the IMA will screen the winning films from the ‘40s and ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and ‘00s brackets.

“We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of this Indy summer tradition by continuing to add to the preshow experience,” said Scott Stulen, the IMA’s curator of audience experiences and performance. “Come early to play a round of trivia and mini golf, grab a beer and a gourmet hot dog, snap a selfie in a photo booth and enjoy the beautiful sunset. This year, we have added two double feature nights for your viewing pleasure. Get tickets early, so you don’t miss out on your favorite flick.”

The 40th Anniversary Lineup Includes: 

June 10: Eighties Adventure Double Feature – Adventures in Babysitting/Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

July 15: Roman Holiday 

July 22: Crazy for Swayze Double Feature – Road House/Dirty Dancing

July 29: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Aug. 5: Winner of ’90s/’00s – Moulin Rouge! 

Aug.12: Winner of ’40s/’50s – Casablanca 

Aug. 19: Winner of ’60s/’70s – West Side Story 

Aug. 26: Winner of ’80s – The Princess Bride 

Tickets are $8 for IMA members and $12 for the public, unless otherwise noted, and are available for purchase in advance at the Guest Services Desk, online or by phone at 317-923-1331 Double Feature tickets are $18 for the public and $12 for members. Members can also purchase season passes for $95 through June 3.

Photo by Mark A. Lee