Free Outdoor Films

The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center is proud to offer many free films, performances and events. With the assistance of our University and community partners, we hope you'll find a new type of film or style of music you and your family will enjoy.

Upcoming free films, performances and events:
Note: Admission to this event is free but requires a ticket. If you reserve tickets for this event, you must claim your tickets 15 minutes prior to the start of the event or else your tickets may be redistributed to other patrons. Tickets may only be picked-up the day of the event.

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Sponsored by DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and DTSB: Free films on the Gridiron Plaza in downtown South Bend.

(Downtown South Bend)

Friday, August 23

(Approximately 9:30 PM, weather permitting)
Rated PG-13, 110 minutes

Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. But when they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?  Watch Trailer

Costumes encouraged! This event is free and not ticketed.

Co-presented with the Center for Social Concerns

FILM: The House I Live In (2012)

October 3 at 7 PM

Directed by Eugene Jarecki
Not Rated, 108 minutes

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, this riveting documentary examines U.S. drug policies and their impact on the prison system. Comprehensive in its scope, the film examines the effects of drug laws on everyone from the dealer and the grieving mother to the jailer and the federal judge.

This event is free and requires tickets.

Co-presented with the Harper Cancer Research Institute, Kelly Cares Foundation and RiverBend Cancer Services

FILM: Living Downstream (2010)

October 24 at 7 PM

Directed by Chanda Chevannes
Not Rated, 85 minutes

Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, this poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. At once Sandra's personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land and water.

This event is free and requires tickets.

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