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San Diego sets up for summer outdoor movie screenings

Screen on the Green
San Diego Museum of Art hosts film showings at Balboa Park’s Botanical Garden Lawn during its Screen on the Green series, which is slated for August.
(Courtesy photo)

This summer, say goodbye Netflix and hello to outdoor films. Many venues throughout the county are offering seasonal movie screenings, and some year-round spots are extending their schedules. From beaches to rooftops to beer gardens, here’s a guide to where to watch cinema out in the elements during the warmer months.

Ticketed/paid movies

Athenaeum’s Flicks on the Bricks

Flicks on the Bricks offers classic flicks on the patio for a classy, 21+ affair. The selection spotlights vintage crime thrillers featuring lead actors with a La Jolla connection. Study up for trivia to win prizes and giveaways. $12 for members and $17 for nonmembers, with series package options available.

7:30 p.m., Anthenaeum Music & Arts Library Outdoor Patio, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, 858.454.5872, ljathenaeum.org/flicks

Aug. 15: Underworld U.S.A.
Aug. 22: Mirage
Aug. 29: Sudden Fear

Bayside Summer Nights

For those who want to mix movies and music, San Diego Symphony brings cinema to life as its orchestra performs soundtracks live during film screenings. Single tickets and subscription packages are available online. (In-concert performances on July 19 and 20 will be held indoors at Jacobs Music Center, 750 B St.)

7:30 p.m., Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, downtown, 619.235.0804, sandiegosymphony.org

July 13-14: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
July 19: Galaxy Quest
July 20: Back to the Future
Aug. 1-2: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Aug. 23: Singin’ in the Rain

Cinema Under the Stars

Enjoy classic and cult favorites in zero gravity recliners, love seat cabanas, or a deck chair/ottoman with a table. Since the venue is prepared with a retractable covering dome, blankets and space heaters, unexpected rain won’t ruin the mood. $17 for members, $18 at the box office and $20 online, with $2 concessions available.

8 p.m., Cinema Under the Stars, 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.295.4221, topspresents.com

May 30-31: The Upside
June 1-2: Say Anything
June 6-7: Notorious
June 8-9: When Harry Met Sally
June 13-16: The Big Lebowski
June 20-21: The Matrix
June 22-23: How To Steal A Million
June 27-28: Chinatown
June 29-30: Pretty in Pink
July 3-7: The Princess Bride
July 11-12: The Seven Year Itch
July 13-14: Midnight in Paris
July 18-19: All That Jazz
July 20-21: Dial M for Murder
July 25-26: Field of Dreams
July 27-28: Singin’ in the Rain
Aug. 1-2: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Aug. 3-4: West Side Story
Aug. 8-9: Notting Hill
Aug. 10-11: Some Like It Hot
Aug. 15-16: Blazing Saddles
Aug. 17-18: An Officer and a Gentleman
Aug. 22-23: Rear Window
Aug. 24-25: About Time
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sept. 6-8: Roman Holiday
Sept. 13-15: North by Northwest
Sept. 20-22: The Blues Brothers
Sept. 27-29: TBA

Dive In at The Pearl

Dive into movie magic at The Pearl Hotel’s saltwater, oyster-shaped pool in Point Loma. Visit the mid-century modern hotel to watch an old-school film every Wednesday through June in the water or in a chair around the pool. Free admission with an appetizer or drink purchase. To enjoy the show from a table, call for reservations to pair the film with dinner.

8 p.m., The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100, thepearlsd.com/events

June 5: Almost Famous
June 12: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
June 19: Grease
June 26: Spaceballs

Hotel Del’s Movies on the Beach

Kick back at Del Beach to enjoy an evening flick on the sand. Lounge in beach chairs with a $20 general admission ticket, or reserve a VIP four-person package for $300, which includes two chairs, one daybed, and a private bonfire to swap popcorn for s’mores.

8 p.m., Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611, hoteldel.com/events/movies-on-the-beach

June 28: Hook
July 6: Top Gun
July 13: Mary Poppins Returns
July 20: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
July 27: The Goonies
Aug. 3: The Incredibles 2
Aug. 10: Back to the Future
August 31: Wizard of Oz

Rooftop Cinema Club

Rooftop Cinema is a year-round experience, but screenings will be offered daily starting in June. Snuggle up under blankets in deckchairs on the rooftop of Manchester Grand Hyatt to see a film framed by the downtown skyline. With individual wireless headphones hooked up to the movie, outside noise isn’t an issue. Ticket packages for the 18+ event start at $17.

8:30 p.m., Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Pl., Gaslamp, 619.232.1234, rooftopcinemaclub.com/san-diego

May 31: A Star is Born (Sold Out)
June 1: La La Land
June 2: Friday
June 3: Grease (Sing-along)
June 4: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
June 5: Dirty Dancing
June 6: Weird Science
June 7: Bohemian Rhapsody (Sing-along)
June 8: Superbad
June 9: A Star is Born
June 10: The Matrix
June 11: 500 Days of Summer
June 12: Mamma Mia! (Sing-along)
June 13: Shazam!
June 14: Selena
June 15: 10 Things I Hate About You
June 16: The Godfather
June 17: Sleepless in Seattle
June 18: Bohemian Rhapsody
June 19: Us
June 20: A Star is Born
June 21: The Sandlot
June 22: Bridesmaids
June 23: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
June 24: Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone (Themed night)
June 25: BlacKkKlansman
June 26: Bring It On
June 27: Top Gun
June 28: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
June 29: Bohemian Rhapsody (Sing-along)
June 30: Coming to America

Free movies

Lafayette Hotel’s Film & Float

Float into a cinematic universe with a dip in The Lafayette Hotel’s pool. The free screening offers themed poolside games and prizes, as well as film-inspired food and drink available for purchase. Plus, Top Gun — the Tom Cruise film that filmed a few scenes at the hotel — is on this year’s lineup.

7 p.m., The Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.296.2101, lafayettehotelsd.com/events

June 7: The Wizard of Oz
July 5: Top Gun
Aug. 9: The Sandlot
Sept. 6: The Breakfast Club

Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Take a trip to Europe this summer without using any vacation time. Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy host a film festival showcasing authentic Italian movies complete with English subtitles. Bring along pasta and pizza for a themed dinner, but leave the wine at home. $8 donation is requested.

7 p.m., Amici Park Amphitheater, 1660 Union St., Little Italy, littleitalysd.com/events/little-italy-summer-film-festival

June 22: Come un Gatto Tangenziale (Like a Cat on a Highway)
June 29: Benvenuto presidente! (Welcome Mr. President)
July 6: Daughter of Mine
July 13: Nudo di donna (Portrait of a Nude Woman)
July 20: L’uomo che comprò la luna (The Man Who Bought the Moon)
July 27: Nessuno Come Noi
Aug. 3: Tito e gli alieni (Little Tito and the Aliens)
Aug. 10: Io Sono Tempesta (I am Tempesta)
Aug. 17: A casa tutti bene (There Is No Place Like Home)
Aug 24: Resina

Screen on the Green

Head over to Balboa Park every Thursday evening in August for a free flick in the garden. San Diego Museum of Art hosts a free event where attendees can pull up a chair to experience a film screening sprawled on the lawn. Outside food is encouraged, so pack a picnic.

Sundown (approximately 8 p.m.), Botanical Garden Lawn, San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, sdmart.org/film

Aug. 1: The 7th Voyage of Sinbad
Aug. 8: An American in Paris
Aug. 15: Spellbound
Aug. 22: Black Orpheus (Portuguese with English subtitles)
Aug. 29: Drácula (Spanish with English subtitles)

Stone Outdoor Movie Series

Stop by Stone Brewing Company’s Liberty Station location at sundown throughout the summer every Tuesday to see the courtyard transform into an outdoor theater. Though no age restrictions, most films are not suitable for young kids. The space accommodates 150 guests and usually fills up fast, so arrive by 7 p.m. to snag a good spot.

Sundown, Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, Point Loma, 619.269.2100, stonebrewing.com

June 4: Zoolander
June 11: Zombieland
June 18: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
June 25: Reservoir Dogs
July 2: Major League
July 9: Anchorman
July 16: Spaceballs
July 23: The Three Amigos
July 30: Coming to America
Aug. 6: The Goonies
Aug. 13: Raisers of the Lost Ark

Family-friendly movies

Movies and More by the Lake

Pack up the car and take the whole family to Santee Lakes. Just pay $10 for parking per vehicle to enjoy the free show. Bring a picnic or buy goodies from food trucks or the snack bar. Activities will proceed the screening to keep the little ones entertained.

6 p.m., Santee Lakes, North Lake 5 Events Area, 9310 Fanita Pkwy., 619.596.3141, santeelakes.com/events-calendar

June 21: Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 12: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

Summer Movies in the Park

Free, family-oriented film screenings will pop up in numerous parks in the city of San Diego and around the county. A full event schedule with this year’s films and participating locations is available online at summermoviesinthepark.com/movie-calendar. Check the website for additional information about parking costs, pet restrictions, food availability and more for each site.

15 minutes after sundown, various parks around San Diego, summermoviesinthepark.com


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