Though "summer movie season" — with its signature explosions, far-fetched plots and comic book characters in form-fitting attire — now seems to last all year, actual summer is still a pretty good time to sit in a cold, dark room with a big screen. Here's our rundown offerings in the coming months.
AMC Theatres (citywide; www.amctheatres.com) — The chain of megaplexes offers periodic special screenings, including vintage films. There also are screenings of theater productions, and Tony Kushner's Angels in America will show at some AMC pro- perties July 20 and 27.
Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St., 504-861-2537; www.audubonnatureinstitute.org) — The zoo's annual, family- friendly "Dinner and a ZOOvie" event is at 8 p.m. every other Friday through July and includes The Lego Batman Movie (June 30), Trolls (July 28) and more.
Bar Redux (801 Poland Ave., 504-592-7083; www.barredux.com) — This Bywater bar often hosts Wednesday screenings on its patio, including noir and horror movies. A schedule appears on the bar's Facebook page.
The Broad Theater (636 N. Broad St., 504-218-1008; www.thebroadtheater.com) — The theater's $2 Tuesday promotion returns in August. Otherwise, programming is a mix of indies and wide-release hits. Some summer highlights include Baby Driver and Funeral Parade of Roses, a drag queen chronicle from the '60s.
Catahoula Hotel (914 Union St., 504-603-2442; www.catahoulahotel.com) — The hotel's Rooftop Cinema series is most Wednesdays at 8 p.m. The screenings mostly focus on cult classics (Heathers and Donnie Darko). A schedule appears on the hotel's Facebook page.
New Orleans Museum of Art (1 Collins Diboll Circle, 504-658-4100; www.noma.org) — The museum screens five John Waters films at 7 p.m. during Friday night events July 21 through Aug. 18. It's in conjunction with the exhibit Pride of Place: The Making of Contemporary Art in New Orleans, which includes some of Waters' photography.
Orpheum Theater (129 Roosevelt Way, 504-274-4870; www.orpheumnola.com) — A selection of free crowd-pleasing movies is offered on several dates throughout the summer, featuring a kids' movie at 2 p.m. and a grown-up offering at 7 p.m. A concession stand sells candy, popcorn and booze. Admission is first-come, first-served.
Prytania Theatre (5339 Prytania St., 504-891-2787; www.theprytania.com) — Uptown's 100-year-old movie theater hosts an annual summer series of daytime kids' screenings, including E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (July 7), Labyrinth (July 21) and The Wizard of Oz (July 28). Midnight movies most weekends revive cult classics. Golden Age of Hollywood movies play Sunday and Wednesday mornings.
Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop (631 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-598-5536; www.tubbyandcoos.com) — "Summer nerd movie nights" at the bookstore take place at 7 p.m. every other Friday in June and July. There are screenings of Spaceballs (June 23), Mars Attacks (July 7) and The Neverending Story (July 21).
W New Orleans French Quarter (316 Chartres St., 504-581-1200; www.wfrenchquarter.com) — Free "dive-in" movies are screened monthly at the hotel's pool, accompanied by themed cocktails and free popcorn. Shows start at sunset. Guests should RSVP to email@example.com; the event is first-come, first-served.
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Art Center (1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-352-1150; www.zeitgeistnola.org) — This summer's programming at the arthouse auditorium features its typical slate of impeccably chosen indies, documentaries and rare films.