NAPLES — Looking for something to do in the summer can often seem like searching for a four-leafed clover, you never see anything until it’s already upon you. But there’s always the movies to keep us blissfully occupied.
What? You don’t want to spend $10 a pop on tickets? We have the solution. A few places offer special movie series in the summer that are free. Here’s a sampling of what you can find this summer.
3301 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL
Collier County Museum
3301 U.S. 41 E., Naples
When: 1 p.m. Saturdays
Information: 252-8476 or www.colliermuseums.com
In the past, the museum has focused on films made, at least in part, in Florida. But this summer the museum is branching out to classic movies outside of the Sunshine State. Legendary director Frank Capra is responsible for five of the seven films this summer.
■ Saturday: “My Favorite Brunette” A photographer (Bob Hope) on death row tells reporters the story of how he got there. Will his telling of the story lead to evidence of his innocence? Also starring Peter Lorre, Lon Chaney and Dorothy Lamour.
■ July 24: “Meet John Doe” A newspaper reporter prints a fake letter to the editor that protests some social injustices. When the paper is forced to rehire her, she hires a man to impersonate the letter writer, John Doe. Starring Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward Arnold and Walter Brennan.
■ July 31: “Ghosts on the Loose” A group of kids tries to fix up a house for newlyweds but find the place next door is “haunted.” Starring Bela Lugosi and Ava Gardner.
■ Aug. 7: “You Can’t Take it With You” A secretary falls in love with her boss, who is the son of a powerful business man. But when he comes to meet her family, who cares little for money, hilarity ensues. Starring Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, James Stewart and Edward Arnold.
■ Aug. 14: “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Jimmy Stewart stars as a naive man picked to fill a void in the U.S. Senate. When his agenda butts heads with political corruption, Mr. Smith has to decide how to react. Also starring Jean Arthur, Edward Arnold and Claude Rains.
■ Aug: 21: “It Happened One Night” A classic romantic comedy starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. A spoiled heiress runs away from her family with the help of a man who’s actually a reporter looking for a story. Won Oscars for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director (Capra) and Best Picture.
■ Aug: 28: “Cross Creek” Mary Steenburgen stars in the true story of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the woman who wrote “The Yearling.” Also starring Rip Torn, Peter Coyote and Alfre Woodard.
Free Family Film Festival at Hollywood 20
6006 Hollywood Drive, Naples, FL
6006 Hollywood Drive, Naples
When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Information: 597-4252, www.regmovies.com
■ July 13-14 "Tale of Despereaux" and "Astro Boy"
■ July 20-21 "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie" "The Spy Next Door"
■ July 27-28 "Wallace and Gromit" "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs"
■ Aug. 3-4 "All Dogs Go To Heaven 2" "Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs"
■ Aug. 10-11"ARCTIC TALE" "Planet 51"
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Cinema Under the Stars
San Carlos Park, FL
Gulf Coast Town Center, 9903 Gulf Coast Main St.,Fort Myers
When: 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
The movies are shown outdoors, so make sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. This series focuses on mostly family oriented films, with a heavy emphasis on animation. But this summer the organizers are also bringing in the first two editions of the “Twilight” series.
■ July 20 “Astro Boy.” A scientist creates a robot version of his son, who was killed by a military robot gone wild. But when the military finds out about the robot, its leaders want Astro Boy for their own. But Astro Boy has other plans, including saving the world. Rated PG.
■ July 27: “Open Season” A group of animals decide to fight back during hunting season. Rated PG.
■ Aug. 3: “Monsters vs. Aliens” after a meteorite hits a woman and turns her into a giant, she’s rounded up and taken to a secret military camp with other monsters. The government calls on them to help stop an alien robot for taking over the world. Rated PG.
■ Aug. 10: “How to Train Your Dragon” Brought up to hunt and kill dragons, a young Viking boy instead befriends a young dragon and learns to love what he assumed was an enemy. Rated PG
■ Aug. 17: “The Wizard of Oz” Perhaps the most famous movie ever made, “Wizard” launched Judy Garland’s career into the stratosphere and created some of the most lasting visuals ever put to celluloid. Not rated.
■ Aug. 24: “Twilight” A teenage girl puts her life in danger as she falls in love with a vampire. Rated PG-13.
■ Aug. 31: “Twilight Saga: New Moon” The second edition of the “Twilight” series finds Bella Swan’s life once again threatened as she must choose between vampire Edward and werewolf Jacob. Rated PG-13
Free Family Film Festival at Gulf Coast Town Center Stadium 16
Gulf Coast Town Center Theater, 10028 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers
When: 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays
Information: 239-454-4731 or www.regmovies.com
■ July 13-14: "Trumpet Of The Swan" and "Hotel For Dogs"
■ July 20-21: "Tale of Despereaux" and "Astro Boy"
■ July 27-28: "Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie" and "The Spy Next Door"
■ Aug. 3-4: "Wallace and Gromit" and "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs"
■ Aug. 10-11: "All Dogs Go To Heaven 2" and "Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs"
■ Aug. 17-18: "ARCTIC TALE" and "Planet 51"