Summer Cinema 2018

Northwestern's family-friendly summer cinema series is free and open to the general public and sponsored by Norris University Center and Summer Session. Each film will be screened at dusk (around 8:00 p.m.) on the East Lawn of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive.

Moviegoers are encouraged bring their lawn chairs, blankets, food, beverages and an environmentally-friendly insect repellent (note: alcoholic beverages are prohibited). Free parking is available after 4:00PM in the two-level lakeside lakefront lot south of Norris.

In the case of rain, the scheduled film will screen indoors in Norris Center’s 360-seat McCormick Auditorium on the first floor at 8:30pm.

Pre-Movie Family Fun

Each movie will feature free fresh popcorn and a bubble station, along with free weekly kid-friendly activities such as face painting, balloonists, and snacks. Events begin at 7:00pm on the East Lawn, and movies will begin at dusk.


Note: No movie on July 4th. All snacks and activities are while quantities last.

June 27 | Coco


Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

  • Coco
  • Runtime:109 min
  • Free face painting and churros

July 11 | Ready Player One

beauty and the beast

When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.

  • Ready Player One
  • Runtime: 140 min
  • Free glowsticks
  • The screening for this movie will be in McCormick Auditorium, on the 1st floor.

July 18 | Babe

lego batman

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett.

  • Babe
  • Runtime: 91 min
  • Balloonist

July 25 | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker.