Where to watch outdoor movies in San Diego

The outdoor movie season has begun and film buffs can find screenings at parks, on patios and even lakeside. To help you plan your cinema adventure with family and friends, here is a list of some of San Diego County’s favorite outdoor movie venues.

Athenaeum’s Flicks on the Bricks

This is the 10th anniversary of The Athenaeum’s popular film and wine series, and this year, organizers are doing something different. Before each classic flick, the winning films from Shorts & Briefs in the Library, the Athenaeum’s inaugural short film competition, will be screened. Each movie will be paired with wine. 1008 Wall St., La Jolla . Movies begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $17 for members and $22 for nonmembers; series tickets are also available. For ages 21 and

Aug. 4: “The Prince and the Showgirl”

Aug. 11: “To Have and Have Not”

Aug. 18: “Our Man in Havana”

Aug. 25: “To Catch Thief”

Cine Carretera! Outdoor Latino Film Series

Cine Carretera, translated as road film, is truly big-screen movie watching as it takes place off I-15 and El Cajon Boulevard. The series is presented by the San Diego Latino Film Festival, in partnership with El Cajon Business Improvement Association. 4050 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. Pre-movie activities start at 7 p.m. and include live entertainment, outdoor games and food vendors. Movies screen at 8 p.m. Admission is free.

July 16: “Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos” (“Little Rooster’s Egg-cellent Adventure”) (English adaptation)

July 23: “Cesar Chavez”

July 30: “Ladrones” (burglars) (with English subtitles)

Cinema Under the Stars

Film buffs can watch a variety of film selections in the comfort of a recliner under the night sky at this small, intimate venue. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. Films screen Thursdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. and screen through October. Tickets are $16 at the door or $18 online. Beverages, popcorn and candy are available for purchase at $2 per item. For a complete schedule, visit

July 7-8: “Strangers on a Train”

Aug. 6-7: “Jerry Maguire”

Sept. 15-17: “When Harry Met Sally”

Oct. 27-29: “Psycho”

Dive-In Movies at The Pearl Hotel

The Pearl Hotel offers a free weekly “dive-in” movie adventure Wednesdays at 8 p.m. at its poolside lounge and theater. Films from the Pearl’s private library collection are shown on a 10-by-13-foot projection screen that overlooks the vintage oyster-shaped swimming pool. Screenings run through September. 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. Movies are screened every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Food is served until 10 p.m. and cocktails are available until 11 p.m. Food and cocktails are available. Screenings run through September. For ages 21-and-up only. Below are some upcoming attractions.

June 29: “Sex and the City”

July 20: “The Fifth Element”

Aug. 24: “Point Break”

Sept. 7: “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”

Film in the Garden

Bring your family, friends, and your pet, to one or all of these free screenings that begin at 7:45 p.m. Mondays in August. Each film is inspired by exhibitions and pieces currently on display at the San Diego Museum of Art. Botanical Garden east of the San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. Movies are free and begin at 7:45 p.m. Arrive a little early to grab a choice spot on the lawn. Bring a picnic basket or purchase small plates, beverages and snacks from Panama 66.

Aug. 1: “How to Make An American Quilt”

Aug. 8: “Spring in a Small Town”

Aug. 15: “Belle”

Aug. 22: The Venice Project”

Aug. 29: “The Big Sleep”

Little Italy Outdoor Film Festival

This summer festival screens movies (with English subtitles) every Saturday night through August. Movie trailers are available on the website if you want a sneek peek. Screening times vary so be sure to check the schedule. Amici Park Amphitheater, State and Date Streets, Little Italy. There is a $5 suggested donation.

July 2: “The Meadows Will Return”

July 9: “I Come From Naples”

July 16: “How Strange To Be Named Frederico”

July 23: “I, Harlequin”

July 30: “The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles

Aug. 6: “We Loved Each Other So Much

Aug. 13: “It May Be Love But It Doesn’t Show”

Aug. 20: “The Malavoglia”

Aug. 27: “We’ll Meet Tomorrow”

Movies & More by the Lake

Bring a basket of food, a blanket or chair and find a spot on the grassy knoll surrounded by large trees and the lake. Family activities start at 6 p.m. and include inflatables, performances and exhibitions. Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee. Movies are free and start at 8 p.m. A food truck will be onsite selling tasty treats. Gates open at 4 p.m. Parking is $10.

July 15: “The Princess Bride”

Aug. 12: “Ghostbusters” (the original movie)

Stone Liberty Station Movie Nights

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and find a choice spot on the turf to watch your favorite movie classic. Although movies don’t start until 8:30 p.m., it is suggested you come early because the grounds fill up fast. Walk around or have dinner, then come back to enjoy the show. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 2816 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. Movies are screened on its outdoor cinema area every Tuesday through August. Screenings start at 8 p.m.

June 28: “The Goonies”

July 12: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Aug. 9: “Labyrinth”

Aug. 16: “The Jerk”

Summer Movies in the Park

All movies are free and begin approximately 15 minutes after sunset. Check the schedule to see what time sunset is on the date of the event you plan on attending. Bring a sweater or light jacket - it cools down once the sun sets. Various locations throughout San Diego County. The film series runs through Oct. 29 and is screened every Friday and Saturday.

July 2: Field of Dreams”

July 8: “The Sandlot”

Aug. 26: “Zootopia

Sep. 9: “Finding Nemo”

Oct. 29: “Hocus Pocus”

Summer Movies on the Lawn

The Hotel Del’s beachfront property is the perfect setting for a summer movies showcase. Your favorite movie snacks are available for purchase at this free screening. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. Doors open at 7 p.m., with movies at 8 p.m. Dogs on leashes are welcome. Reserved VIP seating is available for $15 per chair online or by calling (619) 522-8001.

July 1: “The Wizard of Oz”

July 8: “The Princess Bride”

July 22: “The Goonies”

July 30: “Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope”

Aug. 5: “Remember the Titans”

Aug. 12: “Cool Runnings”

Aug. 19: “The Sandlot”

Sept. 3: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

Viejas Movies in the Park

It’s blockbuster movie night at The Park Sunday nights at 8 p.m. Movies are free. The Park, across the street from Viejas Casino, at 5000 Willows Road, Alpine.

June 26: “Avengers - Age of Ultron”

July 3: “Top Gun”

July 10: “Daddy’s Home”

Aug. 7: “Tomorrow Land”

Source: DiscoverSD