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Best Places in San Diego to Watch an Outdoor Movie

It’s outdoor movie season in San Diego! There’s no better way to experience your favorite movies than under the stars with your friends and family. Grab your blankets, chairs, and picnic basket, and cozy up!

Take advantage of the pleasant nighttime weather and watch an outdoor movie at one of these locations:


Summer Movies in the Park

Enjoy a movie under the stars with your family right in your neighborhood park. Every weekend, a family-friendly movie is featured at a neighborhood park free of charge. The locations extend throughout the county, from Poway to Chula Vista, there’s a park nearby. Check out the complete schedule  and find a showing near you!

Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Arrive early to grab your spot and enjoy the activities before the movie starts.
  • Some parks have free parking while others may charge. Check the event details before heading out.
  • Some movies will provide food and beverages to purchase. Stay healthy and pack a picnic for the family – it’s the perfect time to give one of our Summer Recipes a try!


Movies on the Beach

Treat yourself to a movie night with loved ones right on the sand! The Del hosts family movies and cult classics three times a month, running until September 1st. They offer a family movie package which includes a private beach bonfire, s’mores for 4 people, two beach chairs and a daybed for $250. Del Beach chairs are available for $15 at the event, but it’s recommended that you reserve in advance. Check out the complete schedule and purchase your tickets today!

Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Movies start promptly at 8:00 PM, but arrive early. Doors open at 7:00 PM.
  • You can bring your furry friends! Dogs on leash are welcome.


Screen on the Green

Grab your picnic necessities and head to the Botanical Lawn in Balboa Park to enjoy classics such as Original Copy and The Music Room. Films are free and begin showing throughout August, every Thursday at sundown.  Check out the complete schedule  for film information.

Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Food and beverage are allowed, pack your own picnic!
  • Furry friends are allowed on the lawn.
  • Arrive early to grab the best seat.


Athenaeum Music & Arts Library “Flicks on the Bricks”

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla hosts an outdoor movie series located on their beautiful patio. This series begins August 2nd and ends August 23rd and this year will highlight the Film Noir genre with movies affiliated with San Diego. You can purchase all four showings for $32 (members) or $52 (nonmembers). If you’d like to purchase tickets individually it is $10 (members) or $15 (nonmembers). Check out the complete schedule and purchase your tickets today!

Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Purchase tickets beforehand on their website.
  • Films start at 7:30 PM, arrive early to grab a seat.
  • Guests must be 21+


Liberty Station Movie Nights

Every Tuesday this summer, Stone Brewing at Liberty Station will be featuring an evening of great films. Many of the showings are not appropriate for children, so this is a perfect night out for parents! It’s suggested to arrive as early as 5 PM to set up your spot. Check out the complete schedule for a list of films.

Scripps AMG Tips:

  • Family Night Show is August 28th, showing The Princess Bride.
  • Movies start 15 minutes after sunset.
  • You may bring lawn chairs to set up on the lawn.


This summer, take advantage of the warm evenings and enjoy a movie night outdoors, under the stars. As you begin planning your night out, keep in mind that it’s important to arrive early, as outdoor movies are a popular attraction during the summer. For more local happenings, check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles!


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