Outdoor movies will ‘reel’ in San Diegans

As the weather heats up and the nights become longer, there aren’t many excuses to stay inside... even to watch a movie. Luckily, San Diego - the Mecca of outdoor activities - is hosting open-air movie screenings all summer long throughout the county. So grab a blanket and snacks (perhaps a bottle of wine), and catch a flick al fresco.

Bayside Summer Nights

Feel the magic of film outdoors through live music. This summer, the San Diego Symphony will bring three iconic films to life as they perform the soundtrack of these classics while guests watch the film on the large HD screen. Films and performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at Embarcadero Marina Park South, but guests can arrive as early as 6 p.m. to visit many of the food and beverage vendors. $25-$116.

200 Marina Park Way, downtown. 619.235.0800.

July 29 & 30: “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”

Aug. 11: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”

Aug. 12: “La La Land in Concert” (sold out)

Liberty Station Movie Nights

This adult-friendly screening brings cinema and beer together. On Tuesdays, Stone Brewing invites guests to bring lawn chairs and their thirst for brews to their courtyard. Though many of the films are specified for adults, Stone Brewing will host family night shows on June 13, 20 and August 29. Films begin at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens: 2816 Historic Decatur Road, Point Loma. 619.269.2100 or

June 6: “The Big Lebowski”

June 13: “The Endless Summer” (All ages admitted with parent)

June 20: “Spaceballs” (All ages admitted with parent)

June 27: “Boondock Saints”

July 11: “Superbad”

July 18: “Major League”

July 25: “Caddy Shack”

Aug. 1: “Pulp Fiction”

Aug. 8: “Dazed and Confused”

Aug. 15: “Snatch”

Aug. 22: “Reservoir Dogs”

Aug. 29: “The Princess Bride” (All ages admitted with parent)

Little Italy Summer Film Festival

The Little Italy Summer Film Festival is returning every Saturday night of the summer. Located at the Amici Park Amphitheater, guests can be whisked away on a European adventure as they watch Italian films (with English subtitles). Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, however outside alcoholic beverages and pets are not permitted. The outdoor area opens at 7:30 p.m., and films begins at 8 p.m.

More information about films and dates is coming soon to $5 donation suggested.

Amici Park Amphitheater: cross of State and Date streets, Little Italy. 619.233.4866

Movies on the Beach

After a day of sunshine and frolicking on the shore, warm up by the bonfire on Del Beach as the hotel screens a family-friendly film. Guests can bring blankets, rent beach chairs or purchase a family package that includes a daybed, chairs and s’mores. Films are screened at 8 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 16. Reserved VIP seating is $15-$250.

Hotel Del Coronado: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 619.522.8490 or

June 9: “Ghostbusters” (1984)

June 16: “Sing”

June 30: “Raiders of the Lost Ark”

July 7: “Hook”

July 21: “Star Wars - Rogue One”

July 28: “Finding Dory”

Aug. 11: “The Lego Batman Movie”

Aug. 19: “Fantastic Beasts”

Aug. 25: “Wizard of Oz”

Sept. 16: “Back to the Future”

Screen on the Green

Tap into the beauty of artistic cinema as The San Diego Museum of Art hosts films every Thursday of August on the Botanical Lawn. Each unique film is inspired by the Museum’s collection, and is perfect to watch in the company of friends and family. Films begin at approximately 8 p.m. Free.

Balboa Park : 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park. 619.232.7931 or

Aug. 3: “Goya’s Ghosts”

Aug. 10: “Picture of Dorian Gray”

Aug. 17: “How to Steal a Million”

Aug. 24: “Séraphine”

Aug. 31: “Midnight in Paris”

Dive-In Theatre

Float or lounge poolside as The Pearl screens foreign, classic and independent films at their oyster-shaped swimming pool. Films begin at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays, and food and drinks are served until 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. respectively. The pool is free for hotel guests and is open to others with a drink purchase. Guests are encouraged to make reservations.

The Pearl Hotel: 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma. 619.226.6100 or

June 7: “Almost Famous”

June 14: “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery”

June 21: “Grease”

June 28: “Spaceballs”

Flicks on the Bricks

Enjoy a night in La Jolla with a classic movie paired with wine. In its 11th year, Athenaeum will screen films on their patio for guests 21+ throughout August. Films begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for individual screenings are $17 for members and $22 for nonmembers, while series tickets for all four films are $60 for members and $80 for nonmembers.

Athenaeum Music & Arts Library: 1080 Wall St., La Jolla. 858.454.5872 or

Aug. 10: “Harold and Maude”

Aug. 17: “Annie Hall”

Aug. 24: “Groundhog Day”

Aug. 31: “Silver Linings Playbook”

Movies in the Park

(Various parks throughout the county)

From June to October, several parks will host free movie nights for families of all ages. Screenings will begin 15 minutes after sunset. For more information about the various parks and movies, go to

Carmel Valley Community Park

June 24: “Free Willy”

July 15: “Zootopia”

Aug. 19: “Pete’s Dragon”

3777 Townsgate Drive, Carmel Valley

Felicita County Park

June 17: “The Jungle Book”

July 8: “The Sandlot”

Aug. 5: “Inside Out”

Oct. 14: “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”

742 Clarence Lane, Escondido

Flinn Springs County Park

June 16: “The Secret Life of Pets”

Aug. 18: “Brauty and the Beast” (1991)

Oct. 20: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

14787 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon

Pine Valley County Park

June 9: “Moana”

Ju1y 14: “Trolls”

Aug. 11: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

28810 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley

Poway Community Park

June 17: “The Secret Life of Pets”

July 1: “The LEGO Batman Movie”

Aug. 12: “Moana”

13094 Civic Center Drive, Poway

Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park

June 10: “Transformers”

June 24: “The Secret Life of Pets”

July 15: “Up”

July 22: “Grease”

Aug. 19 “Groundhog Day”

3905 Adams Ave., Normal Heights

Waterfront Park

June 16: “The Secret Life of Pets”

July 14: “Lilo & Stitch”

Aug. 18: “Finding Dory”

Sept. 3: “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl”

1600 Pacific Highway, downtown

USS Midway Museum

July 1: “Captain America: Civil Way”

Aug. 5: “Finding Nemo”

910 N. Harbor Drive, downtown