6 Spots to Watch Outdoor Movies This Summer in San Diego

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What better way to spend these summer nights than outdoors relaxing under the night sky? San Diego is chockfull of outdoor activities this summer, and weekly movies are just one of the perks! From Flicks on the Bricks to nights on the USS Midway, we’ve got you covered on where to watch outdoor movies this summer in San Diego.

1. Summer Movies in the Park

Summer Movies in the Park is a perfect chance to relax and enjoy a safe and special night under the stars. It’s a series of free outdoor movie events in various park facilities throughout the County (from Chula Vista to El Cajon and even atop the USS Midway). Each event provides a great opportunity to gather as a community and enjoy these beautiful balmy evenings! Make sure you come early and get a good seat. All movies begin at dusk. Through October 29, 2016.

2. Flicks on the Bricks

One of our favorite outdoor movie events of the summer! Another incredible offering of outdoor cinema and wine on the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library patio in the heart of La Jolla starts this August. Wine wizard Barbara Baxter will pair wines inspired by each movie; plus, a new 10-year anniversary special: each movie will also feature a celebrity wine cocktail. Don’t miss a tasty cinema schedule starring juicy wines and fab appetizers generously provided by great restaurants. Come join the Athenaeum for hot summer fun!

2016 Schedule:

  • August 4: The Prince and the Showgirl
  • August 11: To Have and Have Not
  • August 18: Our Man in Havana
  • August 25: To Catch a Thief

3. Stone Movie Nights

Join Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station every Tuesday night for Stone Movie Nights! Once a week throughout the summer, the brewery shows movies on a twelve-foot screen in their spacious outdoor garden. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, grab a beer at the bar, and settle down on the grass for a fabulous night of great food, great beer and great cinema. There’s always a movie night bar set up across the stone bridge for a selection of special movie night munchies, coffee, and of course, beer! The bar opens at 6pm, and movies begin at 8:30. Tuesday nights through August 23, 2016.

4. Film in the Garden

Enjoy a night under the stars in the May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden as the San Diego Museum of Art presents films inspired by current exhibitions. Grab a blanket, bring a few friends, and be sure to arrive early for a good seat on the lawn. Dinner, drinks, and nibbles are available at Panama 66. The Museum’s film series’ aim to complement and enhance the enjoyment and understanding of visual art through film and other art forms.

2016 Schedule:

  • August 1: How to Make an American Quilt
  • August 8: Spring in a Small Town
  • August 15: Belle
  • August 22: The Venice Project
  • August 29: The Big Sleep

5. Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Travel through the countryside and cities of Italy while never leaving San Diego on Saturdays throughout the summer at the Little Italy Summer Film Festival in Amici Park. Make it a date night by enjoying an amazing dinner at one of the diverse restaurants throughout the Italian neighborhood. Outdoor movies run through August 27, 2016.

6. Dive-In Theatre at The Pearl

The Pearl Hotel presents their annual Dive-In Theatre, a free weekly “cinema social” combining eclectic film selections, food and drink, and light conversation! The event takes place at their awesome poolside lounge and theater (located outdoors). Scheduled films are projected onto a 10′ x 13′ foot projection screen with full sound, overlooking the vintage, oyster-shaped swimming pool they’re known for. Guests are invited to enjoy a range of classics, blockbusters, foreign and independent features from The Pearl’s private library! Showtime is at 8:00pm, food is served until 10pm, and the bar’s open until 11pm each time. Through September 28.

2016 Schedule (see website for September dates):

July 6 | Top Gun
July 13 | Overboard
July 20 | The Fifth Element
July 27 | Kickass

August 3 | Jaws
August 10 | Stand by Me
August 17 | Bridesmaids
August 24 | Point Break
August 31 | Dumb & Dumber

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