Movie screenings around the county, from children’s films to cult classics.
Summer Movies in the Park
A free, family-friendly series that screens movies at community parks and recreation centers throughout San Diego.
Typical titles: “Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Croods,” “Rise of the Guardians.” Also, “The Amazing Spider-Man” screens July 3 at the USS Midway Museum.
Details: All movies are free and begin around 8 p.m. on summer weekends. Though the films begin at dusk, many people arrive early to picnic and find a good viewing spot. For a complete schedule, see summermoviesinthepark.com.
Stone Late Night Movies
1999 Citracado Parkway, Escondido. (760) 294-7866 or stoneworldbistro.com
Every Wednesday, a culty movie is shown on a 12-foot screen in the Escondido brewery/restaurant’s garden. Bring beach chairs or blankets and plenty of cash for beer and snacks.
Typical titles: “The Goonies,” “Anchorman,” “The Princess Bride.”
Details: Movies are for audiences 21 and over, unless it’s part of a family night. Films are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday, but wristbands are required to get in. (They’re distributed at the host stand between 3 and 4 p.m., and at the top of the stairs after that.) Parking is very limited and outside food is not permitted.
Cinema Under the Stars
4040 Goldfinch St., Mission Hills. (619) 295-4221 or topspresents.com
This outdoor venue is a favorite, thanks to its mix of classic and cult films and a patio that’s not too big or too small.
Typical titles: “Funny Face,” “Raising Arizona,” “North by Northwest.”
Details: Films screen weekends at 8:30 p.m., but you can show up as early as 6 p.m. to reserve your seat. New this year is online reservations. Tickets are $15. There’s a small concession stand that sells drinks, popcorn and candy.
Movies by the Lake
Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Parkway, Santee. (619) 596-3141 or santeelakes.com
There’s a playground and fun family activities before movies begin at this picturesque location. See the website for a complete schedule.
Typical titles: “Despicable Me,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Avengers.”
Details: Games and contests begin at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m. The movie is free and parking is $8.
Viejas Movies in the Park
5005 Willows Road, Alpine. (800) 847-6537 or viejas.com
Across the street from the casino, you’ll find screenings of popular classics and new features on a 15-foot screen. See website for complete schedule.
Typical titles: “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Oz the Great and Powerful.”
Details: The free movies run through June and begin at 8 p.m. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Remember a sweater.
The Pearl Hotel, 1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma. (619) 226-6100 or thepearlsd.com
The Pearl Hotel in Point Loma features Dive-In Theatre. Movies are screened by the pool, and cocktails and bar snacks are served.
Typical titles: "Top Gun," "Anchorman"
Details: Movies screen Wednesdays at dusk for audiences aged 21-and-up.
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