Blankets spread in the grass, snacks at the ready — a movie under the moonlight is one of the hottest tickets of the summer.
The North Carolina Museum of Art announced its summer lineup of outdoor movies Tuesday, mixing recent Oscar-winners, cult classics and some of the biggest blockbusters of the last few years.
This year, the NCMA is adding several parties to select movies. For the kickoff film, “Isle of Dogs,” bring your dog to the movie, where there will be a photo booth, dog yoga and a free water bowl for the first 750 dogs through the gates.
For “Bohemian Rhapsody,” PopUp Chorus will perform Queen songs. At “Lego Movie 2,” wear a costume and build a masterpiece out of Legos, and for “The Big Lebowski,” prepare for trivia and plenty of White Russians.
People will have a chance to pick the June 7 film in a “Battle of the Rom-Coms.” Starting May 13, head to the museum’s Instagram account at instagram.com/ncartmuseum for a bracket competition with films from the ‘80s, ‘90s, 2000s and 2010s facing off against one another.
Tickets for most movies are free for NCMA members and $7 for non-members. Tickets are on sale now for select dates.
June 1: “Isle of Dogs”
June 7: Battle of the Rom-Coms winner (Chosen by voting from a bracket of 16 beloved romantic comedies from the 1980s to today).
June 8: “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”
June 28: “Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” (55th anniversary of the film)
June 29: “Bohemian Rhapsody”
July 19: “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part”
July 20: “First Man” (50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing)
Aug. 2: “Alien” (40th anniversary of the film)
Aug. 3: “Captain Marvel”
Aug. 9: “Free Solo”
Aug. 10: “The Big Lebowski”
Sept. 20: “The Hate U Give”
Sept. 21: “Roma”
Audio descriptions for people who are blind or have limited vision are available for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “First Man” and “The Big Lebowski.”
The museum already has announced its summer concert lineup with Bruce Hornsby, Lyle Lovett, Rhiannon Giddens and Chaka Khan on the schedule.