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Watch Movies Outdoors in San Diego This Summer

Where to watch outdoor movies in SD

Summer is on its way and that means it's time for outdoor movies, many of them free, to be shown under the stars. So grab a cozy blanket and a picnic basket and save this list of highlights from some of San Diego’s favorite outdoor movie spots.

Summer Movies in the Park
Various locations
This family-friendly series screens movies at community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego. Highlights: The season kicks off May 22 with "Finding Nemo" at Waterfront Park. The venue will also screen "The Book of Life" on June 26. Other fun events include "Back to the Future" aboard the USS Midway Museum on July 3; "Jaws" at Harbor Island on July 10; and "Overboard" at Broadway Pier on July 24. Don’t worry, there will be more updated titles, including "Big Hero 6," "The Boxtrolls," "Penguins of Madagascar" and "The Lego Movie," screened every Friday and Saturday at neighborhood parks all over the county.

Details: All movies are free and begin 15 minutes after sunset. Though the films begin at dusk, many people arrive early to picnic and find a good viewing spot. For a complete schedule, see

Summer of Shakespeare
The Old Globe, Balboa Park
In honor of the theater’s 80th anniversary and Balboa Park’s Centennial Celebration, the Globe presents a Shakespeare-themed film series, happening on Monday nights.
Highlights: It kicks off with the 1944 version of "Henry V" on June 29 in the Festival Theatre; also at the outdoor venue is "West Side Story" on Aug. 24. The indoor Old Globe Theatre will present "Chimes at Midnight" on July 13 and Joss Whedon?’s "Much Ado About Nothing" on Aug. 3.
Details: The free films begin between 7 and 8:15 p.m. (depending on the date). Seating is general admission. Tickets can be reserved starting May 26 but can be requested now if you’re a subscriber. For details, see

Viejas Movies in the Park
5005 Willows Road, Alpine
Across the street from the casino, you can watch popular classics and new features sitting on comfy chairs under twinkling lights.
Highlights: The season begins May 22 with "The Little Mermaid," followed by "Guardians of the Galaxy" on May 23. Other titles include "Captain America: The Winder Soldier" on July 4; "Into the Woods" on July 17; "Jupiter Ascending" on Aug. 14; and many more family titles through August.
Details: Included in the $7 admission is popcorn and soda; children under age 12 are free with an adult. Movies begin at 8 p.m. Remember to bring a sweater. See for the complete schedule.

Little Italy Summer Film Festival 2015
Amici Park Amphitheater, State and Date Streets, Little Italy
Every Saturday night starting June 27 you can catch an Italian film with English subtitles.
Highlights: "The Great War," Mario Monicelli’s Oscar-winning dramedy about army buddies and trench warfare, screens on July 4; Federico Fellini’s "Nights of Cabiria," about a prostitute who searches in vain for love, screens Aug. 22. The series will also have modern titles, including 2012’s "Reality," about a fishmonger obsessed with becoming a reality TV star, on July 11.
Details: Films begin at 8 p.m. Saturdays, but people can begin to arrive and set up at 7 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation. See for details.

Film in the Garden
This series screens films themed around an art exhibit, and this summer it’s "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008," opening July 11.
Highlights: "Annie Hall" screens on July 27; 1953’s "The Little Fugitive," about a boy who takes refuge at Coney Island, is on Aug. 3; and "I’m No Angel", starring Mae West, is Aug. 10.
Details: Movies are free for members and $5 for nonmembers and begin at 8 p.m. Arrive early since spots do fill up quickly. Small plates, snacks and drinks from a full bar will be available for purchase from Panama 66. For details, see

Dive-In movies at the Pearl Hotel
1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma
Modern favorites are screened by the pool each Wednesday, and cocktails and bar snacks are served.
Highlights: "Almost Famous" on June 3; "Caddyshack" on June 10 and "Sex and the City: The Movie" on June 24.
Details: The free movies begin at 8 p.m., and food is served until 10 p.m. However, this series is for audiences ages 21 and up only. For the complete summer schedule, go to

Cinema Under the Stars
4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills
Highlights: "The Big Lebowski" arrives early with a four-night run May 21-24; June is an ’80s celebration with "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off" on June 6 and 7; "Dirty Dancing" on June 18 and 19; "Top Gun" on June 20 and 21; and "The Breakfast Club" on June 27 and 28. There will also be screenings of classics, including "Roman Holiday" on Fourth of July weekend and "Dial M for Murder" on Aug. 8 and 9, among many others.
Details: Films screen weekends at 8 p.m., but you can show up as early as 6 p.m. to reserve your seat. Tickets are $15 and can also be reserved online. A small concession stand sells drinks, popcorn and candy. For the complete schedule, see or call (619) 295-4221.

South Bay Drive-In Theatres
2170 Coronado Ave., Nestor
Does being in your car technically count as being outside? If you answer yes, then this is a budget-friendly option to watch current blockbusters.
Highlights: Though dates haven’t been announced, you can expect to find titles like "Pitch Perfect 2," "Jurassic World," "Inside Out," "Minions," "Ant-Man" and many more.
Details:Showtimes are daily at 8:30 and 11:15 p.m. Admission is $9 for adults and $1 for kids ages 5 to 9, and is good for a double feature. You can bring your own food, but the snack bar has tacos and other Mexican treats. Get there early because the lots fill up before 8 p.m.

Movies by the Lake, Santee Lakes
9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee
There’s a playground and fun family activities before movies begin at this picturesque location.
Highlights: The series kicks off June 26 with "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" and closes with "Smokey and the Bandit" on Aug. 21.
Details: Movies continue every other Friday through August. The picnic area opens at 4 p.m., games and contests begin at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per carload. For complete schedule, see

Headquarters Summer Movie Series
Headquarters at Seaport, 789 W Harbor Drive, Embarcadero
The Headquarters will screen movies throughout the summer in the open-air courtyard.
Details: Movies will be screened on July 8, Aug. 12 and Sept. 9 with film titles and show times to be announced later this season. See the event calendar for details.

Flicks on the Bricks
Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla
This sophisticated movie series is paired with an appropriately-themed wine.
Highlights: You get champagne with "When Harry Met Sally" on Aug. 7; Spanish wine with "Double Indemnity" on Aug. 13; and Greek wine with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" on Aug. 27.
Details: Films begin at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in August. Tickets are $22, or $17 for members. Screenings are for ages 21 and up only.

May 26, 2015