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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.


Rooftop Cinema Club

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.


Little Italy Summer Film Festival

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.


Summer Movies in the Park

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


Movies on the Beach

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


Flicks on the Bricks

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


Screen on the Green

The Botanical Lawn on the east side of Balboa Park’s Museum of Art plays host to free screenings every Thursday in August. All show times are 8 p.m.


The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Aug. 1

An American in Paris, Aug. 8

Spellbound, Aug. 15

Black Orpheus, Aug. 22

Dracula, Aug. 29



Liberty Station Outdoor Movies

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


Stone Brewing Liberty Station Outdoor Movies

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


Bayside Summer Nights

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

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