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Where to catch outdoor summer movies in San Diego

Posted at 1:03 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 20:04:04-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — It's not too late to catch a free movie screening in San Diego at one of the many outdoor film screenings this summer.

San Diego parks and hotels are welcoming film fans for a season of movies, many of which are free, to and summer nights outdoors.

Many of the movies are also family-friendly, so there's no worries about whether or not the kids will enjoy them (or sit still, hoepfully.)


So pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket, and settle in for a movie under the stars at one of these special cinemas around the county:


Liberty Station Movie Nights

Where: Liberty Station; Cost: Free

Bring a blanket, grab some food at one of Liberty Station's eateries, and enjoy a movie on the lawn this summer. Every Tuesday through Aug. 28, movies will be screened for free on the lawn!


Dive-In Theater

Where: The Pearl Hotel; Cost: Free

The Pearl Hotel is screening movies by the pool and serving up food on Wednesday through Sept. 26.


Cinema Under The Stars

Where: 4040 Goldfinch St.; Cost: $18-$20

Kick back under a retractable dome under the stars for classic movies being screened in Mission Hills. Concessions are available and film screenings run through October.


Movies on the Beach

Where: Hotel Del Coronado; Cost: $20

The Hotel Del Coronado will screen movies under the stars on the beach through December! Guests can even relax on one of the hotel's beach daybeds or around a private bonfire.


Little Italy Summer Film Festival

Where: Amici Park Amphitheater; Cost: $5

The Little Italy Association is bringing Italian cinema to San Diego with screenings of classic Italian films with English subtitles. Films run every Saturday night through Aug. 25.


Movies and More by the Lake

Where: Santee Lakes; Cost: $10 for parking

Get lakeside seating while watching some of your favorite family films in Santee. Activities are also held around the movie, and guests can grab grub from food trucks or a snack bar.


Shakespeare film screenings

Where: The Old Globe Theater; Cost: Free

The Old Globe Theater presents two Shakespeare films ("Othello" and "Richard III") on July 30 and Aug. 27 this summer, as part of their special summer movie series.


Bayside Summer Nights

Where: Embarcadero Marina Park South; Cost: $31-$104

In addition to San Diego Symphony's Bayside concert series this summer, a select few will include screenings of movies while the orchestra provides music live-to-picture! The symphony will perform to a special performance of Hollywood clips, "Star Wars: A New Hope," and "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."


Summer Movies in the Park

Where: Various locations; Cost: Free

Various family-friendly films will be screened throughout the summer at San Diego parks, giving families a chance to enjoy local parks and enjoy a free night out!


Screen on the Green

Where: Balboa Park; Cost: Free

The San Diego Museum of Art will host free film screenings on Thursday in August under the stars, featuring films that take inspiration from the museum's permanent collection.


Rooftop Cinema

Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego; Cost: $17-$24

Catch a movie high up in the middle of downtown San Diego at Rooftop Cinema! Guests can grab popcorn and drinks, and relax in deck chairs with wireless headphones so they can hear all the on-screen action.