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Free Flicks

COVID-19: In accordance with Mayor Cownie’s proclamation, guidance announced by the Centers for Disease Control, and in our continued effort to keep patrons and staff safe, Des Moines Parks and Recreation has canceled Free Flicks for 2020. We appreciate your patience and cooperation. Learn more
FreeFlicksFree Flicks is a summer series of outdoor movies in neighborhood parks. The films will be shown on a 25-foot portable screen and begin after sunset. Admission is free and blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged. People are free to bring their own snacks as concessions will not be available for purchase. Due to COVID-19 this format will not be taking place in 2020.

However, here are the details for Free Flicks: Drive-In Movie Edition, which is indeed taking place this summer.

Dates, Locations & Movies:
  • ONWARD - July 23, 2020: Cownie Soccer Complex: 2600 Hartford Avenue
  • THE LORAX - July 30, 2020: Birdland Swimming Pool: 300 E Holcomb Avenue
  • MOANA - August 6, 2020: Nahas Family Aquatic Center: 1101 Porter Avenue
  • UP - August 13, 2020: Teachout Family Aquatic Center: 2601 Hubbell Avenue
Time: Access to the event begins at 8 p.m. 
Movie Start Time: Dusk (approximately 9 p.m.)
Cost: Free (vehicle registration required)
Who: All ages (movies are rated PG)

Free Flicks: Drive-In Edition allows us to gather safely and enjoy a film this summer season! Admission is free per vehicle, but with limited parking spots, we ask that you claim your spot by registering. 

With social distancing guidelines still in place, here are the rules we ask you to follow:
- Please stay in and around your vehicle for the duration of the event;
- If you choose to leave your vehicle, we encourage you to wear a mask/face covering and practice social distancing; 
- No campers or RVS will be permitted; 
- Vans, trucks and SUVs will be asked to park toward the back so as not to block the view of other moviegoers;
- No alcohol or drugs allowed;
- No animals allowed (with the exception of service animals);
- You are allowed to bring snacks - no outside food delivery will be permitted.