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Summer screenings light up the night in metro area

Southern summers simply scream for outdoor movies. It's the perfect weather to catch a classic flick in the grass, where you won't have to worry about sticky floors, or broken seats or ABC gum on your armrest. Here are some spots in the Atlanta area where you can take in cinema and a sunset simultaneously:

Screen on the Green

A Turner Classic Movies-sponsored tradition for five years prior, the reins for this year's Screen on the Green landed in the Atlanta-centric lap of new local network Peachtree TV (also owned by Turner).

"We're all about the community," Peachtree TV spokesperson Gina McKenzie said. "So it made perfect sense for us to take on the festival."

Another alteration from years past is a (temporary) change in venue, from Piedmont to Centennial Park, forced by drought conditions. But the annual event is still flourishing in its new digs.

"Last week was our first night, and the movie was 'Jaws,'" McKenzie said. "Centennial Park was packed."

The next item on the festival's movie menu is "Chicago" on Thursday, followed by "E.T." on June 19 and "Footloose" on June 26 - proving that everything always ends up right back at Kevin Bacon.

"'Footloose' is actually a viewers' choice," McKenzie said. "We did a poll online, and that's the one they chose."

Movies on Main Street

Suwanee's own answer to Screen on the Green, called Movies on Main Street, takes place once a month in Town Center Park - essentially the city's front lawn.

"It is the first time since Town Center has been constructed that we are showing movies on Main Street," Suwanee spokesperson Lynne DeWilde said. "And it's the first time we've done a series."

Movies on Main Street's slate for the summer follows a science fiction theme, from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" on June 28, to the brilliant Cold War satire "Dr. Strangelove" on July 26, to a double feature finale of "Young Frankenstein and "Oedipus Wrecks" on Aug. 23.

DeWilde said she hopes the event attracts a sizable audience.

"We think that the movies - you know, they're classic sci-fi flicks - we think the audience for them is an older teenage/adult crowd," she said. "The movies are classics, and they're not running on TNT or HBO constantly may bring additional folks out."

Flicks on the Bricks

Over in Duluth, you'll find another Main Street, and another monthly movie festival. And whereas Suwanee's taste for sci-fi seems to cater to the slightly more mature, Flicks on the Bricks appears to be aimed at more family-friendly fare. June 14 will see a screening of Jerry Seinfeld's "Bee Movie," while the Loch Ness Monster-like creature at the center of "The Water Horse" will thrill audiences young and old on Aug. 16.

Unlike the other two festivals, don't expect Flicks on the Bricks to end when summer does. The penguins-in-pipelines hit "Surf's Up" drops in on Sept. 13, and "Scooby Doo" (and, ostensibly, those meddling kids) will be shown Oct. 25, just in time for Halloween.