Scary-tale endings: 7 places to watch Halloween movies this fall in metro Atlanta
Oh, my gourd! It’s spooky season and you know what that means, time to catch some classic Halloween movies. You better boo-lieve there are plenty of places around metro Atlanta to enjoy frightful flicks.
Dress up in your favorite costume, grab some popcorn and prepare to see a spooktacular Halloween film this month in one of the seven locations below.
Starlight Drive-In Theatre
Head on over to the Starlight Drive-In Theatre to experience a movie under the stars. Enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car or bring lawn chairs to sit right outside your vehicle, where you’ll transmit the movie’s audio through your FM radio. The Starlight is now playing a handful of new horror movies that will have you on the edge of your seat, including “Barbarian,” “Pearl,” “The Invitation,” and “SMILE.” As they change their showtimes throughout the month, be sure to check back for additional screenings.
Location: Southeast Atlanta - 2000 Moreland Ave. SE; Website: starlightdrivein.com; Date: Throughout October; Admission: $10 for adults, $1 for ages 5-9 (each ticket allows admission for two movies showing on the same screen)
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Travel back in time when you visit the Plaza Theatre, Atlanta’s oldest operating independent movie theater since 1939. All throughout the month of October, they will be playing a variety of new and vintage fright flicks, including “Scooby-Doo” (2002), “Dracula” (1931), “Evil Dead 2″ (1987), “Beetlejuice” (1988), “Pearl” (2022), “Candyman” (1992), “Halloween” (1978) and many more. Check out their complete October movie lineup, which includes enough scary films to please even the biggest horror movie fans.
Location: East Atlanta - 1049 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE; Website: plazaatlanta.com; Contact: 470-410-1939; Date: Throughout October; Admission: Prices vary
Red Clay Music Foundry
Over in downtown Duluth, you can catch two great Halloween movies this month for free at the Red Clay Music Foundry. This Thursday, Oct. 6, there will be a screening of Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride” (2005) at 7 pm. The Red Clay bar will have refreshments available and there will be concessions provided by the Red Popcorn Wagon. On Saturday, Oct. 22, guests 18+ can attend a showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) performed with a live shadow cast. There will be two showtimes: at 8:30 p.m. and midnight. All guests will be given free prop kits for audience participation during the show.
Location: Duluth - 3116 Main St.; Website: duluthga.net; Contact: 404-478-2749; Date: Oct. 6 and 22; Admission: Free (Limited seating, first-come first-served)
Get ready for Friday Fright Nights at the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell during the entire month of October. For $8 a ticket, you can watch four frightful movies starting at 7:30 p.m. every Friday. First up is “IT” (2017) this Friday, Oct. 7, followed by “The Lost Boys” (1987), “Scream” (1997), and “Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984). Tickets are on sale now, purchase them here.
Location: Roswell - 5100 Commerce Pkwy.; Website: visitroswellga.com; Contact: 770-518-0977; Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28; Admission: $8
Bike-in Movie at Coda
Hop on your bike and ride over to Coda in Midtown on Thursday, Oct. 13, for a bike-in free screening of Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas” (1993) at 7 p.m. to celebrate Biketober. Be sure to arrive early for a free bike tune-up (offered on a first-come, first-served basis). While you’re there, enjoy an array of dinner options from The Collective Food Hall.
Location: Midtown - 756 W Peachtree St. NW; Website: eventbrite.com/bike-in-movie-coda; Date: Oct. 13; Admission: Free
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Lawrenceville Arts Center
The Clyde and Sandra Strickland Grand Stage Theatre at the Lawrenceville Arts Center will be showing two free family-friendly movies at the end of this month. Gather the whole family and catch Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” (1993) on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 29, there will be two matinee showings of Disney Pixar’s “Coco” (2017) at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. You may reserve seats online for both “Hocus Pocus” and “Coco.”
Location: Lawrenceville - 125 N Clayton St.; Website: auroratheatre.com; Contact: 678-646-0421; Date: Oct. 22 and 29; Admission: Free
The Strand Theatre
The Strand Theatre in Marietta has two special film screenings at the end of this month, with a midnight showing of ”The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (1975) and the silent film, ”The Phantom of the Opera” (1925). “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” a cult favorite, will be shown on Friday, Oct. 28 at midnight, and attendees are invited to wear costumes. You may not know this yet, but seeing a silent film at The Strand is a remarkable visual and musical experience. “The Phantom of the Opera” will be played with an accompanying live score on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. by house organist, Ron Carter. Arrive as early as thirty minutes before each movie to enjoy the live organ pre-show. Be sure to buy your tickets before they’re sold out!
Location: Marietta - 117 N Park Square; Website: earlsmithstrand.secure.force.com; Contact: 770-293-0080; Date: Oct. 28 and 30; Admission: $12