The World's Best Free Stuff
At $10 and climbing, movies can be a pricey affair for a group of travelers. So show up here (and many other spots) and don’t pay:
- Paris: Every summer, the ultramodern Parc de la Villette outside the city draws movie lovers with its giant outdoor screen and free Open Air Cinema festival. The 2008 offerings center around Hollywood icons Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Gina Lollobrigida.
- Baltimore: The American Visionary Art Museum sponsors Flicks on the Hill, an outdoor film series featuring free outdoor movies from Casablanca to Harold and Maude to Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Guests sit on the side of Federal Hill while movies are projected onto the side of the museum.
- Pismo Beach, California: Every other Wednesday from June through August, Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa in Pismo Beach, on California’s Central Coast presents a Cinema Under the Stars series on the hotel’s lawn. Available to all movie buffs, not just hotel guests, movies may include West Side Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Sleepless in Seattle.