Outdoor Movies in San Diego This Summer

What better way to enjoy these beautifully balmy summer nights in San Diego than to sit back, relax, and watch a classic film with friends and family? Luckily, our awesome city has plenty of opportunities to do just that – and they’re happening all summer in different convenient venues. Check out all the ways to watch outdoor movies in San Diego this summer and start planning your evening under the stars.

outdoor movies in san diego

Summer Movies in the Park  The Summer Movies in the Park series has partnered with local parks throughout San Diego County to show kid-friendly movies under the stars. And the best part is admission is completely free! All movies start at dusk, approximately 15 minutes after sunset. 

Here’s the schedule for the next few movies. For a full lineup, go to funflicks.com.

June 28: Poway Community Park, Frozen

July 3: USS Midway Museum, The Lone Ranger

July 3: Robb Field in Ocean Beach, Despicable Me 2

July 5: Heritage Park in Old Town, The Karate Kid

outdoor movies in san diegoFilm in the Garden at Balboa Park

Grab a picnic, a blanket, and a few friends for a great film series under the stars. This summer during Film in the Garden, the Museum will present four films in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. The restaurant in the Sculpture Court will be open for all film screenings and will offer light snacks and beverages, including a full bar. Seating is limited, so be sure to arrive early to find a good seat on the lawn! Films begin at 8:00pm. Location is The San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado, San Diego.

Here’s a brief look at the upcoming schedule:

July 14: Blood and Sand

July 28: Conquest of Paradise

August 11Roman Holiday

August 25: Until the End of the World

SEE ALSO: Summer 2014 Events in Balboa Park.

Stone Movie Nights

Every Tuesday night throughout the summer, join Stone as they show movies in the courtyard. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to claim their spot. Movies are all ages, children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Shows will fill up, so arrive early to save a spot – seating is first come, first served. Outside food or drinks are not allowed. Beer, soda and snacks will be available for purchase during the movie. Location is 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., San Diego 92106.

June 24: Sandlot

July 1: Zoolander

July 8: The Lorax

July 15: Anchorman

July 22: The Lego Movie

July 29: Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

August 5: The Princess Bride

August 12: Happy Gilmore

August 19: How to Train Your Dragon

August 26: Dumb and Dumber


Flicks on Bricks at the Athenaeum

Relax on the Athenaeum’s outdoor patio for balmy summer nights and screenings of classic cinemas al fresco. Series tickets for the open-air theater include four films and delightful summer wine pairings selected by Barbara Baxter. Screenings will happen every Thursday evening from 7:30pm to 10pm. Individual movie screenings are $17 for members and $22 for members. The location is 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla 92037.

August 7: North by Northwest

August 14: To Kill a Mockingbird

August 21: Singin’ in the Rain

August 28: The Thomas Crown Affair


Santee’s Drive-In Theater

The Santee Drive-In shows movies in digital format on its two screens. Movies are shown daily 7 nights a week, and the box office opens at 6:30pm Friday and Saturday and at 7:00pm Sunday-Thursday. All movies are broadcast through the FM radio in your vehicle. A snack bar and bathrooms are available in the building in the center of the theater. The theater is located at 10990 Woodside Ave N, Santee 92071 and is currently showing the following films:

How to Train Your Dragon 2, Malificent, A Million Ways to Die in the West, and Edge of Tomorrow. 

They are subject to change, however, so check www.santeedriveintheatre.com for information before you go!

And if you’re looking for more activities to do outside this summer, check out the Best Places to Stargaze in San Diego!

Will you be checking out any of these outdoor movies in San Diego? Leave a comment below!

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