Summer is the perfect time to sit back, relax and catch a few shows around town. In a city that celebrates film and theater, check out some iconic films, beloved classics and modern hits at these Austin Summer Movie + Theater Series:

Blue Starlite Josh and Olly Photo by Blue Starlite
Blue Starlite's Josh and Olly. Courtesy of Blue Starlite Drive-In.

Blue Starlite Drive-in Miss the days of the drive in? You don't have to! Drive on down to the Blue Starlite Drive-in the world's first and only mini urban drive-in, where indie films, cult classics and childhood favorites are king of the big screen. A mini version of traditional auto cinemas, Blue Starlite often features two films per night, with the option to add a vintage drive-in speaker and old-fashioned concessions to the package.

Zilker Hillside Theatre Summer Musical Take in the stars and Shakespeare or family films and musicals at Zilker Hillside Theatre, an outdoor amphitheater hosting productions all summer long. This year's free musical "Hairspray" will be playing now through August 16, Thursday Sunday nights starting when the sun goes down (approximately 8:30 p.m.).

Paramount Summer Classic Film Series Love classic movies? The Paramount Theatre has been running a summer classic film series for 40 years. Visit their website for the full schedule of 100 beloved cinematic treasures that are gracing the theater's big screens.

Sound and Cinema The Sound and Cinema series brings together Austin's thriving music scene and hit films (think Top Gun) every other Wednesday throughout the summer. Sprawl out on the Long Center lawn, indulge in food truck goodies and watch bands pay tribute to the evening's film, followed by a screening on Alamo Drafthouse's giant outdoor screen.

Summer Splash Movie Series Want a way to keep cool while it's hot?! Come watch family-friendly flicks like Ghostbusters on the grassy knoll or from an inner tube in the 70-degree water at Deep Eddy Pool with the Summer Splash Movie Series weekends at dusk. The City of Austin invites families to see four movies on a giant 20x11 inflatable screen, while enjoying a swim in Texas' oldest swimming pool.

Contributed by Ellen Gruber, Austin CVB Marketing Intern.