Spend Balmy Summer Evenings Watching These Outdoor Movie Screenings
Outdoor flicks and chill.
Photo courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club
Grab a blanket, some popcorn, and someone to snuggle with. Some great films are showing at al fresco venues around town this summer.
The most luxurious (and expensive) outdoor movie experience takes place on the 4th Floor patio of the Manchester Grand Hyatt in the Gaslamp District. Choose solo or snuggle-friendly deckchairs, strap on wireless headphones, and watch away. If the movie stinks, you’ve still got the view of the surrounding waterfront towers. And your deckchair companion. Tickets are $15.30 to $24.
Many movies are showing weekly all summer long; here are a few of our faves:
Moulin Rouge!, May 24, 8:30 p.m.
Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse, May 25, 8:30 p.m.
Clueless, May 28, 8:30 p.m.
The Goonies, May 29, 8:30 p.m.
Bohemiam Rhapsody: Sing-a-Long, May 30, 8:30 p.m.
A Star is Born, May 31, 8:30 p.m.
La La Land, June 1, 8:30 p.m.
Grease: Sing-a-Long, June 3, 8:30 p.m.
Get cultured with a bit of Italian cinema (with English subtitles) showing every Saturday night from June through August at the Amici Park Amphitheater. Films start at 8 p.m.; $5.
A handful of San Diego County parks are putting your tax dollars to work by showing free movies. Be sure to bring your own chairs, blankets, and other viewing paraphernalia. All showtimes are 15 minutes after sunset. Here’s the full summer schedule:
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, University City, June 7, Nobel Community Park
Guardians of the Galaxy, Carmel Valley, June 8, Pacific Highlands Ranch
Back to the Future, June 14, Carmel Valley Community Park
The Princess Bride, June 22, Waterfront Park
Star Wars, The Force Awakens, July 12, Carmel Valley, Ocean Air Community Park
Finding Nemo, Clairemont, July 20, North Clairemont Community Park
Find your way to Del Beach, the Hotel Del Coronado’s private section of Coronado Beach, for bonfires, s’mores, and family-friendly flicks. Daybeds and sand chairs are first come, first served; $20 per chair. Movies start at 8 p.m.
Here’s the full schedule:
Hook, June 28
Top Gun, July 6
Mary Poppins Returns, July 13
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, July 20
The Goonies, July 27
The Incredibles 2, Aug. 3
Back to the Future, Aug. 10
Wizard of Oz, Aug. 31
The patio of La Jolla’s Athenaeum Music & Arts Library turns to a 21-and-over wine tasting and film noir screening every Thursday in August. Individual screenings are $12 for members or $17 for nonmembers.
Underworld U.S.A., Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Mirage, Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sudden Fear, Aug. 29, 7:30
The Botanical Lawn on the east side of Balboa Park’s Museum of Art plays host to free screenings every Thursday in August. Schedule is yet to be determined; show times are 8 p.m.
Liberty Station’s grassy North Promenade (2848 Dewey Road) will host two free movie nights in August. Details to be determined
Aug. 2, check back here for details.
Aug. 17, check back here for details
No need to bring snacks to Stone Brewing’s movie courtyard (no outside food is allowed anyway), although you can bring your own chairs and blankets. Movies start 15 minutes after sunset; free.
Zoolander, June 4
Zombieland, June 11
Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, June 18
Reservoir Dogs, June 25
Major League, July 2
Anchorman, July 9
Spaceballs, July 16
The Three Amigos, July 23
Coming to America, July 30
The Goonies, August 6
Raiders of the Lost Ark, August 13
Allow the San Diego Symphony to play the soundtrack live during these screenings at Embarcadero Marina Park South; all shows begin at 7:30 p.m., $24 and up.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, June 13-14
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Aug. 1-2
Singin’ in the Rain, Aug. 23