The Awesome Fest, A Free Outdoor Summer Movie Series, Takes Over The Piazza At Schmidts’ Jumbotron Sundays Through September

Catch an outdoor movie Sunday nights at the Piazza all summer long. (Photo courtesy Piazza at Schmidts)

This summer, The Awesome Fest, a year-round indie and Hollywood film screening series, takes over the Piazza at Schmidts with a series of cinematic events that is undeniably awesome.

On Sunday nights from June until September, the 40-foot screen at the Piazza will be commandeered by the Awesome Fest, which is led by PUFF and Philly CineFest Artistic Director, Josh Goldbloom. It’s a great chance to catch movies that won’t be playing anywhere else in Philly, straight from SXSW, Tribeca or Sundance.

Check out the roster of upcoming events:

June 26: The festival brings a throwback back by transforming the Piazza into a drive-in movie theater. Back-to-back screenings of Transformers and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen will be playing in preparation for the latest installment in the series, Transformers: Dark of the Moon. A few lucky spectators will snag front row seats in the parked cars, provided by Zip Car.

July 3: These Amazing Shadows, a documentary about the National Film Registry of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films,” sheds light on the history and influence of American cinema.

July 10: Despicable Dick & Righteous Richard tells the tale of Dick Kuchera, a recovering alcoholic determined to make amends with everyone he has wronged, all the while wondering if he has really changed.

July 17: Reindeer Spotting follows a 19-year-old drug addict named Jani, who leaves his remote town behind to travel by train around Europe before being sent to prison.

A complete list of events, movie trailers, and additional information is available online.

The most awesome thing about The Awesome Fest? It’s completely free. To keep it that way, you can donate here, or volunteer by emailing Jared at

The Awesome Fest Outdoor Summer Series
Where: The Piazza at Schmidts, 2nd Street and Germantown Avenue
When: Sunday nights from June until September
Cost: Free
More info:


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