Cinema Safari, The wildest theater in town! Presented by Great Clips. Christmas Vacation July 15, Elf July 29, A Bug's life Aug. 12, Encanto Sept. 9.

Cinema Safari Returns to the Louisville Zoo Presented by Great Clips (Media Release)

ZOO CONTACT: Kyle Shepherd
502-238-5331 (Media Cell 502-744-5639)

The Louisville Zoo’s Friday movie night series, Cinema Safari presented by Great Clips, returns. The series launches on July 15 with National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (PG-13) and continues two weeks later on July 29 with Elf (PG). Both movies are part of the Zoo’s new Santa’s Summer Safari event series.  Zoo guests will also enjoy late summer showings of A Bug’s Life (G) on August 12 and Encanto (PG) on September 9.

Cinema Safari presented by Great Clips will occur in the Oasis Field with the area opening at 8 p.m. and the movie starting at sundown. Snacks, drinks, and popcorn will be available for purchase before the movie. Don’t forget to pack your blanket or lawn chairs.

Movie nights are FREE to Zoo members and only $5 after 5 p.m. for non-members.  Parking is $6 for non-members. These discounted tickets can only be purchased at the Zoo’s admission windows.

Many of the Zoo’s animal residents will not be visible as they adhere to their regular nighttime schedules.

Full details on the event and individual movies can be found at

The Louisville Zoo will be announcing more information about Santa’s Summer Safari soon.


About the Louisville Zoo

Since 2011, under Mayor Fischer’s administration, the Louisville Zoo celebrated its 50th anniversary, opened nine new exhibits and attractions, and won national awards for Glacier Run and School at the Zoo. Considered Kentucky’s most popular not-for-profit paid attraction, the Zoo welcomed nearly 9 million guests in the last decade. In 2021, the Zoo was voted “Best Place to Take Kids in Summer,” by LEO Weekly, “Best Kid-Friendly Attraction” by Kentucky Living Magazine and Boo at the Zoo made the Top 10 Halloween Festivals list by Community Access Memberships, deep-discount days, the Future Healers Got Zoo Buddies partnership and the accessible playground are among prime efforts to make Louisville Zoo even safer, more engaging, and more inclusive. Among the Louisville Zoo’s most successful conservation programs, the black-footed ferret breeding effort produced 1,100 kits and repatriated more than 800 of these most highly endangered, American mammals to the wild.

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state Zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors, and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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