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Outdoor Movie Screenings in San Diego This Summer

By Mike in Things to Do with 0 Comments

If you live here, you can’t spend your summer hiding in your condo in Downtown San Diego. Whether you’re seeking a place for a romantic date, family outing, or solitary respite, an outdoor theater is ideal. Here are a handful of venues to light up your nights in downtown San Diego.

Amici Park Amphitheater

Little Italy

Mark your calendar for Saturday nights at this quaint plaza theater situated in the heart of Little Italy. The summer lineup: includes The Meadows Will Return, I Come From Naples, and The Legendary Giulia and Other Miracles. These are Italian films with English subtitles. Admission is on a donation basis, with a suggested contribution of $5. Find your spot by 7pm for the 8pm screening.

Films in the Garden

Balboa Park

This film series takes place on Monday nights at approximately 8pm, coinciding with sunset. Movies are screened on the lawn adjacent to the art museum. Current exhibits provide the themes. Since seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, arrive early with your blanket or chair. The restaurant Panama 66 is open during screenings as well, serving sandwiches and beverages. Admission is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. To date, the summer film schedule has not yet been announced.

Cinema Under the Stars

Mission Hills

Showing outdoor movies year-round, this complex features surround sound, a 20-foot screen, and high-density projection. Curl up in a deck chair, recliner, or love seat and enjoy snacks and beverages from the on-site concession stand while enjoying the film. There are showings every Thursday through Sunday, including classics and recent flicks. Admission fees are $18 online, and $15 for members.

Stone Brewing World Bistro


Each Tuesday night, Stone Brewing screens films in its garden pavilion. Arrive at 5pm to stake out your space with a blanket or lawn chair. Then you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a meal before the 8pm showing. Movies are projected on a 12-foot screen while the bar serves snacks and drinks. Events run through September 1, and admission is free. Upcoming films include The Big Lebowski, Minions, The Goonies, and Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

The Headquarters at Seaport District

Marina District

Relax in an Adirondack chair for al fresco films at The Headquarters in the Marina District. The open-air courtyard has three free summer screenings including Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl, and Robin Hood Men in Tights. Grab a bite to eat, and then set up your chair and settle in for an 8pm showing. ')}