Free Movie Night at AVAM (Bring Your Own Popcorn)

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The American Visionary Art Museum is one of the most fun and interesting attractions in Baltimore, but the admission price ($16 for an adult, $10 for children over six) tends to keep this writer away. But on late summer Thursday nights the AVAM transforms into one of the most economical (and family-friendly) outings in town.

AVAM’s free “Flicks from the Hill” series runs every Thursday in July and August. Moviegoers park themselves on Federal Hill for a 9 o’clock outdoor screening. The film schedule is all popcorn fare, featuring proletarian comedies like Ace Ventura: Pet Detective and Airplane!

The outdoor picnic atmosphere adds novelty to even timeworn classics. You may have seen Some Like It Hot more times than you can remember, when was the last time you saw it projected outside on “a 30-foot wide screen held from above by a Giant Golden Hand?”

On movie nights, the museum is free from 5PM to 9PM, so show up early and check out the current exhibition, “What Makes Us Smile?,” co-curated by Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Tonight’s film is Viva Las Vegas.

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