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Enjoy free movies by moonlight

Tired of air-conditioned multiplexes that charge $8 or $9 for the latest blockbuster?

You're in luck.

This summer, more places than ever are showing movies outside. From Ballantyne Village in far south Charlotte to the Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop in Davidson, these flicks offer fresh air, a chance to interact with neighbors and the right price: They're all free.

On July 26, you can even catch a movie from a boat on Lake Norman. As part of its Outdoor Cinema Series, Cornelius will show “We Are Marshall” at Ramsey Creek Park. Spectators can get the audio on boat or hand-held radios.

Freedom Park. 1900 East Blvd. www.watershedcharlotte .com. Movies start at sunset. Free popcorn and prize giveaways. Bring a blanket or chair. Friday: “Evan Almighty.” July 11: “Shrek the Third.” Aug. 8: “Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium.”

Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series. Pre-movie activities at 7 p.m., movies at dusk. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsnc.com. June 21: “Bee Movie.” July 12: “E.T.” July 26: “Surf's Up.”

Rockin' and Reelin' Summer Concert and Movie Series in Pineville. Movies at dusk at Pineville Lake Park off Johnston Drive. 704-889-2400. www.pinevil lenc.net. July 11: “E.T.” Aug. 22: “High School Musical 2.” Sept. 26: “Enchanted.”

Movies in the Park at Ballantyne. Outdoor movies on three Fridays at Ballantyne Corporate Park. Begin at dark. Free popcorn and bottled water. Face painting for the kids. Follow the signs off John J. Delaney Drive. http://cross point521.org/mitp.html. June 20: “Evan Almighty.” July 18: “Bee Movie.” Aug. 15: “Eragon.”

Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series. 704-765-1450; www.corne liuspr.org. Movies begin at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Bring your own blanket or chair.

June 11: “Bee Movie” at Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive.

June 21: “Are We Done Yet?” at Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St.

June 25: “Over the Hedge” at Kenton Place. July 9: “Shrek the Third” at Kenton Place.

July 23: “Arthur and the Invisible” at Kenton Place.

July 26: “We Are Marshall” at Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road. (This is a boat-in in which spectators can watch the movie from land or from their boats, with audio over boat radio or hand held radio).

Aug. 6: “Surf's Up” at Kenton Place. Aug. 16: “Daddy Day Camp” at Cornelius Town Hall, 21145 Catawba Ave.

Aug. 20: “The Water Horse” at Kenton Place.

Free Movie Series at Ben and Jerry's Davidson Scoop Shop. Bring a chair and a canned food donation. Includes trivia and other games with prizes. Movie starts at dusk. 202 S. Main St. in Davidson. 704-892-0604. Tuesday: “Over the Hedge.” July 25: “Shrek III.” Aug. 11: “Cars.”

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve. Watch nature-themed movies in this 727-acre preserve in northeastern Mecklenburg. Movies at 7 p.m. 2900 Rocky River Road. Registration required: 704-598-8857. June 13: “March of the Penguins.” July 11: “Hoot.” Aug. 15: “Arctic Tale.”

Know of others? E-mail news@momscharlotte.com.

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