What better way to enjoy a balmy summer evening in San Diego than with some popcorn, a blanket, your friends, and a movie under the stars?! We can’t think of one, to be honest. Some of our favorite venues throughout the city are showcasing some pretty excellent films this season, and the ‘theaters’ range from sandy beaches to cozy, lantern-lit patios.
We’ve done the hard work and put together a big list of the best spots to watch outdoor movies in San Diego and La Jolla this summer; so sit back, relax, and start planning your epic summer nights.
Flicks on the Bricks
Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library (1008 Wall Street, La Jolla 92037).
When: 7:30pm, every Thursday in August
One of La Jolla’s most beloved traditions returns this August at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. Get ready to enjoy classic films, complimentary wine, and tasty bites on the outdoor patio! This year’s program is focusing on Film Noir, one of the first-ever showcases of the genre in America’s Finest City. With so many great films noir to choose from, this series focuses on films with a San Diego connection.
August 2 | Double feature night! Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947) and The Clay Pigeon (1949)
August 9 | Tension (1949)
August 16 | The Brothers Rico (1957)
August 23 | The Grifters (1990)
Movies on the Beach
Where: Hotel Del Coronado (1500 Orange Ave., Coronado 92118
When: Saturdays at 8:00pm; May 26-September 1
Experience a movie under the stars at the Hotel Del Coronado! Guests can snuggle up on one of the comfy Del Beach sand chairs, or, for the ultimate VIP movie experience, get cozy around a private beach bonfire with s’mores and a daybed. General admission tickets start at $20. Doors open at 7:00pm and the movie starts promptly at 8:00pm. We do suggest reserving your tickets in advance to guarantee seating.The Ultimate La Jolla Summer Bucket List!
May 26 | Finding Nemo (2003)
June 16 | The Lion King (1994)
July 7 | The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017)
July 14 | Coco (2017)
July 21 | Star Wars – The Last Jedi (2017)
August 4 | Aladdin (1992)
August 11 | Lilo & Stitch (2002)
August 25 | Jumanji (1995)
September 1 | The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Screen on the Green
Where: Museum of Art (Botanical Lawn) at Balboa Park
When: 8pm, every Thursday in August
Take a trip into the art world as you sit under the stars on the Botanical Lawn (east of the Museum) in beautiful Balboa Park. Grab a picnic, a blanket, and a few friends and enjoy a selection of films whose themes take inspiration from the Museum’s summer collection (this year’s exhibition is “Epic Tales from Ancient India”). Admission to the film series is free.
Note: alcoholic beverages are allowed in Balboa Park until 8:00p.m. Pets are allowed on the lawn, so feel free to bring Fido!
August 2 | The Lunchbox (2013)
August 9 | Original Copy (2015)
August 16 | The Music Room (1958)
August 23 | Nil Battey Sannata (2015)
August 30 | Paheli (2005)
Summer Movies in the Park
Where: Various venues throughout San Diego
When: Dusk (approximately 15 mins after sunset); May 25-October
Summer Movies in the Park is one of San Diego’s longest-running outdoor movie series. It began in 2007 as a ‘take back our parks’ initiative, giving local residents a reason to visit their local county and city parks for a free and fun evening event. This year, the venues are all across San Diego County – from here in La Jolla all the way to Oceanside.
Summer Moves in the Park: La Jolla Venues:
July 20 | Beauty and the Beast (2017).
Villa La Jolla Neighborhood Park; 8321 Via Mallorca, San Diego 92122.
August 18 | Coco (2017)
La Jolla Community Park; 615 Prospect St., La Jolla 92037.
For a complete venue lineup and film schedule, visit the Movies in the Park website.
Liberty Station Outdoor Movies
Where: North Promenade Lawn; Liberty Station
When: 8pm; 2nd Saturday of each month, May-October
Arts District Liberty Station presents its free outdoor film series once again this summer! These six curated films reflect the diverse arts and culture offerings at the growing ARTS DISTRICT at Liberty Station and appeal to film lovers of all ages. Evenings feature surprise pop-up performances or activities along with curated shorts preceding the feature film. So, bring your lawn chairs and blankets and settle down for a fabulous evening of great cinema! Space is limited, so plan to arrive early to set up your spot on the lawn.
May 12 | Coco
June 9 | Jumanji
July 14 | Wonder Woman
August 11 | Loving Vincent
September 8 | A Wrinkle in Time
October 13 | Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Movie Nights at Stone Brewing Liberty Station
Where: Stone Brewing at Liberty Station (2816 Historic Decatur Road)
When: 7:30pm; Tuesdays from June-Aug
Craft beer lovers, this is the film series for you! Every Tuesday this summer (June through August), bring your lawn chairs and blankets and settle down for a fabulous evening of great beer and even better cinema. Space is limited, so plan to arrive as early as 5pm to set up your spot on the lawn and have dinner in their garden before the show. For more information, see their website.
June 5 | The Big Lebowski
June 12 | The Naked Gun
June 19 | Zombieland
June 26 | The Three Amigos
July 3 | Super Troopers
July 10 | My Cousin Vinny
July 17 | Clerks
July 24 | The Bourne Identity
July 31 | Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 7 | Coming to America
August 14 | Jumanji
August 21 | The Dark Knight
August 28 | The Princess Bride