Are you ready for the big screen? Smith Lake Recreation Area Outdoor Theater is set for summer and has a great line up of family-friendly movies to make the summer season that much more fun. The prices can’t be beat either. This big screen won’t cost you a thing, unless of course you are among those who love a good snack with the show, otherwise you can just come out and enjoy. The summer movie series is free and open to the public.

In addition to camping, hiking and other outdoor activities, Smith Lake is the perfect place to enjoy some family time under the stars. Fort Bragg’s Moral Welfare and Recreation department, also known as MWR, presents Movie Night at the Beach at the Smith Lake Recreation Area. It’s a great way to make memories, and enjoy wholesome entertainment without breaking the bank. The summer movie series runs from May through September, and is an opportunity to start a family tradition.

Look for lighthearted entertainment, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of room to stretch out and enjoy the show. Movies featured at the Movie Night are Rango on June 16, Barnyard on July 14, The Smurfs on Aug. 18, and Kung Fu Panda 2 on Sept. 8. All movies begin at 8 p.m., excluding Kung Fu Panda 2, which starts at 7 p.m. The movies are all rated as PG, but the selections are subject to change.

What is a movie without a yummy snack to go with it? The concessions area carries typical movie theater cuisine: nachos, hot dogs, chips, etc. Just be mindful that it is an outdoor theater so you may want to bring along a little bug repellent for those insects that want to join in on your fun. The area is however, sprayed for ants.

Kevin Harp of MWR explained that the Smith Lake Recreation Area Movie Night at the Beach is “the only outdoor theater in the area, at least that I know of,” making this a different atmosphere from your typical movie night. It’s your modern day drive-in theater. So pass by the Red Box, pass up the theater and a put away your credit card, at least one weekend a month anyway. Pull out your blankets and lawn chairs and grab a friend. It’s movie night, it’s free and it’s fun.

Gates open one hour before the show and concessions are available for purchase. Please be advised though that no outside food or drinks are permitted. So if you are a snacker, bring along a little cash. Otherwise, it is an economical good time for all. For more information, visit

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