The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series

The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series
Doors open at 7 pm

The beloved summer tradition, The National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series returns to Newfields on Fridays and select Saturdays this June, July and August. Bring your pod and watch movies under the stars at Newfields. All you need is a chair, or a blanket, concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. You are welcome to pack your own picnic (with non-alcoholic beverages only) if you’d like. For those who like to be prepared, sunscreen and bug spray are always a good idea. 


Doors open at 7 p.m., and the evening will kick off with special activities before the screening. The movie will begin as twilight turns to night (usually 9:30 p.m.). Over the summer, 14 films will be shown —everything from classic black-and-white films to modern blockbusters.  


New this year and to maintain a safe social distance and reduced capacity in The Amphitheater, Summer Nights tickets will be sold as boxed seating that can accommodate one to four individuals. Each box will be seven feet by eight feet and be spaced six feet apart from others. For everyone’s health and safety, the boxes will be sold at a fixed price with a maximum of four tickets. Tickets go on sale for members on May 21 at 11 a.m. and for the public on May 28 at 11 a.m. Ticket boxes of four are $36 for members and $48 for public. 


Guests to Summer Nights will be required to wear a face mask. Guests may remove their face mask only when seated within their designated box area when they are not within six feet of individuals not in their party. 


The 2021 Summer Nights lineup was selected in collaboration with guest curator and film scholar, Coye Lloyd. Lloyd has a master's degree in Film Studies from Ohio University and worked with Newfields on a film project for MLK Day 2021. To find out more about Lloyd and her work, please visit  



June 4–August 27 , 2021
The Amphitheater
$36 Members (4 tickets per box)
$48 public (4 tickets per box)

2021 National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series Lineup



Because this film series spans a variety of genres and decades, these movies may contain depictions and/or treatment of people or cultures that can be interpreted from a variety of lenses. It is important to understand the content and language used in the context of the films. To that end, there will be opportunities for discussion prior to the showing of the films to get shared meaning, dismantle stereotypes, and possibly shift your perspective. You can find tags for potentially triggering content for each film on our website at If you have any questions or would like to know more about a specific film, please contact us at


Summer Nights is a fair-weather event. If the screening is cancelled due to weather guests will receive a full refund. No alcohol, pets, candles taller than 12 inches, guns, or knives are permitted at Summer Nights.  

Dates and films are subject to change. 


Summer Nights Film Series FAQs

Covid Protocol

Are masks required during Summer Nights? 

Yes. For your health and safety, all guests over the age of two-years-old wear a mask over their nose and mouth during Summer Nights unless they are actively eating or drinking. 

Is social distancing taken into account for Summer Nights? 

Yes! Each grouping of four tickets will be separated by six feet from the groups on either side of them.  

Is The Amphitheater operating at a limited capacity? 

Yes. The Ampitheater will be operating at 40% capacity throughout the run of Summer Nights.  


Ticket FAQS

Can I buy one, two or three tickets at a time? 

No. For everyone’s health and safety tickets can only be purchased in packages of four this year.  

Do I have to have four people to attend? 

No, you are welcome to have fewer than four people in your box, but the cost of tickets will still be $36 for members and $48 for public guests.

Do I have to buy my tickets online in advance? 

Yes. To limit onsite capacity and overall crowd size, advance tickets for all guests and members is required.  

If it rains will Summer Nights still happen? 

Depends. Summer Nights is a fair-weather event. If the screening is cancelled due to weather guests will receive a full refund. Check Newfields website and social media for updates on the weather before you head out to the movie. Ticket holders will receive an email about any changes to the scheduled film screening. 





The 2021 National Bank of Indianapolis Summer Nights Film Series is a fair-weather event. If the screening is cancelled due to weather, or if the screening is halted due to inclement weather less than 45 minutes into the screening, guests will receive a full refund. Check Newfields’ website and social media for updates on the weather before you head out to the movie. Ticket holders will receive an email about any changes to the scheduled film screening.   



Seating for attendees with limited mobility is available upon request. Assistive Listening Devices are available and closed captioning (when available) can be arranged with one week’s notice. Call 317-923-1331 for additional information.