Free Movie Series Archive

Past Summer Schedules and Movie Information

About the Free Movie Series

Started as a pilot program by M.C. Ginsberg and the James Gang in 2005, the Free Movie Series features a full-length movie on the University of Iowa Pentacrest outside of Macbride Hall. Each Saturday moviegoers enjoy a classic or contemporary feature film. Movies start at sundown, and we offer special entertainment prior to some of the feature films. Movies will be shown on a large, inflatable screen which provides a smooth and clear picture for our beautiful outdoor theater. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the movie!

Movies take place outside of Macbride Hall (on the East side of the building) on the Pentacrest at sunset (which varies from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. later in the season).

What to Bring

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Urban Acres, one of our Free Movie Series sponsors, has a relationship with Marcus Theaters, which means that you can also enjoy tasty movie theater popcorn…on the house! Just visit their sponsor table before the start of each film.

In Case of Rain…

In case of rain, the movie will be shown at 8:30 p.m. inside Van Allen Hall Auditorium.

Presenting Sponsors


Transportation and Parking

Most Iowa City, Coralville, and University of Iowa bus routes come in/through downtown, so there’s always an option. Please note that the festival does impact bus routes, so check their websites for more information. Check out Bongo for GPS-based, real-time trip planning.

There are four parking ramps in downtown Iowa City providing over 3,000 parking spots! Find out more including detailed locations and cost by clicking on one below: