Guide | 9 Places for Outdoor Movies in San Diego

9 Places for Outdoor Movies in San Diego

San Diego Museum of Art Film in the Garden

Warm summer nights have us all hankering for the outdoors, and San Diego offers great opportunities to turn your next movie night into an evening under the stars.

Wine Pub Sit-In Cinema
July 18. Guests will enjoy the classic wine “dreamed,” Bottle Shock as Point Loma’s Wine Pub presents its first-ever sit-in cinema. The evening will feature gourmet movie munchies such as parson and garlic kale chips, salted caramel and crispy proscuitto kettle corn, sage and gorgonzola gougeres and crispy stuffed zucchini blossoms. Movie-goers can bring their own chairs, blankets and pillows. The $20 tickets go toward a good and beverage purchase for the evening. 8:30-10:30 p.m. 2907 Shelter Island Dr., #108, Point Loma, 619.758.9325.

Film in the Garden
Aug. 3, 10. The San Diego Museum of Art presents two films in conjunction with their current exhibition Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008. Guests can bring a blanket and enjoy the films on the lawn outside the museum while Panama 66 offers their full menu and bar. Aug. 3, The Little Fugitive (1953) is an adventure story told from the perspective of a seven-year-old boy who takes refuge in Coney Island after mistakenly believing he’s killed his brother. On Aug. 10, I’m No Angel (1933) stars Mae West in her iconic role as a burlesque dancer and lion tamer. Films begin at sundown (apron. 8 p.m.) $5/pp. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931.

Stone Movie Nights
Every Tuesday through Sept. 1. Bring the entire family to Stone Movie Nights at Stone Brewery Liberty Station, to enjoy a lineup of classics to meet every taste. Upcoming films include Shrek, Zoolander, Shaun of the Dead, Silver Streak, Back to the Future 2, Repo Men and The Princess Bride. Bring chairs and blankets. The bar opens at 6 p.m. for food and beverage service and movies begin at 8 p.m. 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., Liberty Station, 619.269.2100.

Cinema Under the Stars
Thursdays-Sundays, Ongoing. San Diego’s premier outdoor theater offers outdoor recliners, love seat cabanas, deck chairs, ottomans and tables to make everyone comfortable. Featured films through the summer are classic favorites like Hairspray, To Catch a Thief, Some Like it Hot, Pretty Woman and more. $15/pp. 4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills, 619.295.4221.

Little Italy Summer Film Festival
Every Saturday through Sept. 5. Head to the Amici Park Amphitheater in Little Italy for the annual film festival with some Italian flair. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the films begin at 8 p.m. Upcoming films include Easy!, A Five Star Live, Shun Li and the Poet, Malena, Night of Cabiria, War of Volcanoes and Cinema Paradiso. $5/pp. W. Date and State St., Little Italy.

Friday Flix by the Bay
July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21. The Port of San Diego hosts a free film series at different waterfront parks to bring residents and tourists alike to enjoy the Port’s beautiful parks and piers. Each film includes pre-show entertainment, activities and concessions. July 24, enjoy Overboard at Broadway Pier, 1140 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego Marina. On Aug. 7, Top Gun plays at Coronado Tidelands Park, 2000 Mullinix Dr., Coronado and on Aug. 21, don’t miss Splash at Marina View Park, 900 Marina Pkwy, Chula Vista.

Dive-In Movies at the Pearl Hotel
Every Wednesday through Sept. 30. Catch a flick and enjoy a quick splash in the Pearl Hotel’s outdoor swimming pool and lounge. Showtime is at 8 p.m., food served until 10 p.m. and the bar is open until 11 p.m. The pool is open to hotel guests for free and others with a drink purchase. Upcoming films include Blazing Saddles, Dumb & Dumber, Jaws, Bridesmaids and more. 1410 Rosecrans St., Point Loma, 619.226.6100.

South Bay Drive-In Theatres
Ongoing. With three screens and six films playing every night, The South Bay Drive-In has something for everyone. One ticket allows admission for two movies playing on the same screen, so every night is a double header. Enjoy current releases from the comfort of the car or set up chairs and blankets outside. $9/pp for adults, kids 5-9 $1/pp. 2170 Coronado Ave., Imperial Beach, 619.423.2727.

Swashbuckling Summer Movie Series at the Headquarters
Aug. 12, Sept 9. The Headquarters at Seaport presents two swashbuckling classics for free screenings in the center’s open air courtyard. Movie goers can come early and enjoy dinner and drinks from Puesto, Seasons 52 or Eddie V’s, and nibble on sweet bites from Dallmann Chocolates and Venissimo Cheese during the films. BYO seating starts at 7:30 p.m; movie starts at 8 p.m. The Headquarters will screen Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl on Aug. 12, and Robin Hood: Men in Tights on Sept. 9. Both outdoor movie screenings are free and open to the public. The Headquarters, 789 West Harbor Drive, Downtown, 619.235.4013.



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