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The Bay Area’s Complete Outdoor Movie Night Guide

Kick back under the stars for over 100 outdoor film nights in SF and the Bay for summer 2018
By - posted 6/14/2018
San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation

Summer means the weather (usually) gets a little warmer in the Bay Area and all the outdoor movie screens pop up. So get ready to bring a blanket, pack a picnic (and smuggle in a bottle of wine) and watch a movie under the stars.

San Francisco


Bayview – Free Outdoor Movie Night

Just one announced so far at NOW Hunters Point, 155 Jennings St.

  • Saturday, June 23 – Black Panther

Pier 39 – Free Outdoor Movie Night

Just one announced so far at Pier 39.

  • Friday, August 24 – School of Rock

SF Parks Alliance – Sundown Cinema

Brand new film series with fun themes specifically chosen for each park. Monthly, June 28 to September 28 – various parks around SF

  • Thursday, June 28 – Little Shop of Horrors / Conservatory of Flowers
  • Thursday, July 26 – Mrs. Doubtfire / Alamo Square
  • Thursday August 23 – Best in Show / Duboce Park – Bring Your Own Dog
  • Friday, September 28 – Grease (Sing Along) / Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park

Richmond District – Family Summer Movie Nights

Monthly on Saturday in May and June – Rossi Playground.

  • Saturday, May 26 – Coco
  • Saturday, June 16 – Jumanji (1995)

 

Still to be Announced

  • Film Night in the Park – 2018 season to start in August and will be announced in late June. Typically six films at Union Square, Dolores Park and Washington Square Park.
  • Free Mission Bay Movie Night – 2017 was the first year (Aug-Sep) at Spark Social, no word yet on if its taking place again this year.
  • Fog City Films – typically Monthly May to August at Rossi Park in the Richmond – might be replaced by already scheduled Family Summer Movie Nights.
  • Film in the Fog – Presidio family-friendly movie night typically in late September
  • Proxy Outdoor Film Festival – Hayes Valley film night typically in Spring (March-May) along with a Fall Film Festival in September.
  • Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema – Typically one night under the stars in September with music, film and picnics

East Bay


 

Alameda – Starlight Movies in the Park

Select Fridays,  June 22 to September 7 at multiple locations

  • June 22: Despicable Me 3 – Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field
  • July 27: Sing – Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field
  • September 7: Coco – Leydecker Field

Alamo – Movie Under the Stars

Twice every Summer at Livorna Park

  • June 8 – Despicable Me 3
  • August 10 – Coco

Berkeley Art Museum / PFA – Sunday Summer Cinema

Sundays at 4pm from June 10 to October 14 on BAMPFA’s huge outdoor LED screen on Addison and Oxford. 2018 theme is “Dancing in the Streets.”

  • June 10 – Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
  • July 8 – The Red Shoes (1948)
  • August 12 – Step (2017)
  • September 9 – West Side Story (1961)
  • October 14 – The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967)

Berkeley – Movies in the Park

Twice a month on Fridays from July 6 to September 21 at a different park each time

  • Friday, July 6 – Strawberry Creek Park – Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Friday, July 27 – James Kenney Park – Mulan
  • Friday, August 10 – Codornices Park – Paddington 2
  • Friday, August 24 – Cedar Rose Park – Coco
  • Friday, September 7 – San Pablo Park – Lion King
  • Friday, September 21 – Willard Park – Kubo and the Two Strings

Concord – West Wind Drive-In – Solano 2

Old school drive-in with two screens and double features every night of the year for $7.95. Tuesday is family fun night $5.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids.  They also host a free drive-in movie night twice a year, once in April and once in September. 1611 Solano Way.

Danville – Free Moonlight Movies

Every Other Friday,  June 15 to August 10 at Danville Town Green

  • June 15 – Back to the Future (1985)
  • June 29 – The Little Mermaid (1989)
  • July 13 – Coco (2017)
  • July 27 – Wonder Woman (2017)
  • August 10 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

Dublin – Picnic Flix

Monthly on Fridays – June 15 to August 17 at Emerald Glen Park

  • Friday, June 15 “Moana” (PG)
  • Friday, July 20 “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” (PG-13)
  • Friday, August 17 “Sing” (PG)

Emeryville – Dive-in Movie

Enjoy a screening in the pool. Bring your rafts and floats to lay on during the movie. Free and open to the public. ECCL Pool, 1170 47th St.

  • Friday, July 20 – The Little Mermaid – 6:30pm activities and open swim starts

Hayward – Outdoor Movie Night

Roaming outdoor films at parks and plazas throughout Hayward

  • Friday, June 29 – Nut Job 2 – Hayward City Hall Plaza
  • Saturday, July 21 – Cars 3 – Lorenzo Theater
  • Friday, August 10 – Coco – Meek Estate Park
  • Friday, August 24 – Despicable Me 3 – Adobe Park
  • Friday, September 14 – A Wrinkle in Time – Adobe Park

Hercules – Friday Night Movies

Monthly on Friday nights at Refugio Valley Park

  • Friday, June 15 – The Last Airbender
  • Friday, July 20 – Coco
  • Friday, August 17 – Wonder

Larkspur – Movies on the Green

Every Wednesday at 6pm from June 20 to August 29 at Marin Country Mart

  • June 20 – Wizard of Oz
  • June 27 – Winnie the Pooh
  • July 4 – (Closed) No film
  • July 11 – Mary Poppins
  • July 18 – A Bug’s Life
  • July 25 – 101 Dalmations (1961)
  • July 31 – Babe
  • August 1 – Paddington
  • August 8 – Charlotte’s Web
  • August 15 – Happy Feet
  • August 22 – Cars
  • August 29 – Jungle Book (1967)

Livermore – Annual Summer Movie Nights

Fridays, Monthly from July 20 to August 24 at 3 Steves Winery – with free popcorn, live music, triva and raffles.

  • Friday, July 20 – Despicable Me 3
  • Friday, August 24 – Beethoven

Oakland – Waterfront Flicks

Every Other Thursday,  June 21 to August 30 at Ferry Lawn, Jack London Square

  • June 21 – The Sandlot (Oakland Athletics’ Night)
  • July 5 – The Greatest Showman
  • July 19 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • August 2 – Bridesmaids
  • August 16 – Coco
  • August 30 – Black Panther

Orinda – Summer Movies in the Park

Every Other Thursday,  June 14 to August 9th at Orinda Community Park

  • June 14th – Beauty and the Beast
  • June 28th – Despicable Me
  • July 12th – Mary Poppins
  • July 26th – COCO
  • August 9th – Wonder

Pleasanton – Movies in the Park

Every Thursday from July 5 to August 9 at Amador Valley Community Park

  • July 5 – Despicable Me 3
  • July 12 – The Little Mermaid
  • Jully 19 – Coco
  • July 26 – Spider-Man Homecoming
  • August 2 – Wonder Woman (2017)
  • August 9 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

San Lorenzo – Showtime in San Lorenzo

Annual event with jumpy houses &  rock wall at 16080 Hesperian Blvd. outside Lorenzo Theater

  • Saturday, July 21 – Cars 3

San Pablo – Movies Under the Stars

Every other Friday, June 22 to August 17 at San Pablo Community Center.

  • Friday, June 22 – Emoji Movie – crafts & games
  • Friday, July 6 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – costumes & light sabers
  • Friday, July 20 – Coco – crafts & music
  • Friday, August 3 – Cars 3 – field games & crafts
  • Friday, August 17 – Despicable Me 3 – games & crafts

San Ramon – Summer Outdoor Movies

One movie night annually at Central Park Amphitheater

  • Friday, June 29, 2018 at 8:30pm – Sing

Union City – Family Movie Night

Two Friday nights at William Cann Neighborhood Park

  • Friday, June 29 – Film TBA
  • Friday, August 3 – Film TBA

Walnut Creek – Movies Under the Stars

Periodic Fridays, July 13 to September 28 at various parks

  • July 13 – Coco at Tice Valley Park – Music 7pm; Movie 8:30pm
  • August 17 – Moana at Civic Park – Music 6:30pm; Movie 8pm
  • September 7 – Lion King – Music 6pm; Movie 7:30pm
  • September 28 – The Jungle Book –  Music 5:30pm; Movie 7pm

Still to be Announced

  • Oakland – The New Parkway – Free Outdoor Movie Nights – They’ve done it for four years in a row, but no events listed for 2018 yet.
  • Temescal Street Flicks – Eratic film series typically in September, but no updates for 2018 yet.

Unlikely/Canceled for 2018

  • Oakland – Movies in the Park  – For the 2018 Movies in the Park season at Redwood Heights Recreation Center, unfortunately, due to the cost of movie licensing fees, any further movies will need a sponsor (individual, business or organization). Please contact the center if you have a question or want to sponsor a movie in 2018.
  • Newark – Free Movies in the Park – Canceled for 2018

North Bay


Thanks to the excellent resource marinmommies.com for tipping us off to a few of these movie nights.

Benecia – Movie Night Under the Stars

Twice on Fridays during Summer at various parks

  • June 22 – Beauty and the Beast (2017) at City Park
  • August 17 – Field of Dreams at Fitzgerald Park

Fairfax – Film Night

Annual outdoor film night at Contratti Park Ball Field – part of the Fairfax Festival

  • June 8 – Moana

Novato – Renegade Film Night: North Bay Mobile Drive-In

Totally DIY flash-mob style drive-in projected 30-foot wide on the wall of the Old Hamilton Theater building in a paved lot. Tune to 88.3FM. Donations, concessions and raffles keep this afloat.  Typically two Saturdays a month from April to October.

Mt. Tamalpais – Outdoor Astronomy Film Night

Sky high movie night at Cushing Memorial Amphitheater on Mt. Tam – Parking Pass is required 

  • Saturday, July 28 – Apollo 13 – Screening followed by expose of “fake” science in the film by Jeffrey Silverman and Kishore Hari from Science VS Cinema.

Mill Valley – Movies in the Parks

Monthly on Fridays from June to October at Old Mill Park

  • Friday, June 8th – Grease
  • Friday, July 6th – Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Friday, August 3rd – The Incredibles
  • Friday, September 7th – The Lion King
  • Friday, October 5th – Zootopia

San Anselmo – Movies in Creek Park

Every Saturday from June 2 to October 27 (except July 21st) in Creek Park 

  • June 2 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • June 9 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • June 16 – La La Land
  • June 23 – Fozen – Princess & Sing Along Night
  • June 30 – Angels in the Outfield – Baseball Jersey Night
  • July 7 – Secret Life of Pets – Bring your (well-behaved) Pets Night
  • July 14 – Ratatouille – Bastille Day Celebrations
  • July 21 – NO FILM
  • July 28 – Casablanca – Fedora Hat Night
  • August 4 – The Incredibles – Super Hero Night
  • August 11 – The Goonies
  • August 18 – Top Gun – First Responders Night
  • August 25 – Grease – Bad Ass Car Night
  • September 1 – Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol. 1
  • September 8 – Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
  • September 15 – A View to a Kill – Bond Night – Tuxedos Welcome
  • September 22 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Costumes & Light Sabers
  • September 29 – The Karate Kid – Martial Arts Night
  • October 6 – Happy Feet
  • October 13 – E.T.
  • October 20 – Pirates of the Caribbean – Curse of the Black Pearl – Pirate Night
  • October 27 – Ghostbusters – Halloween Costume Night

Santa Rosa – Stars Under the Stars

Every Tuesday in July starting July 10th at St. Francis Winery & Vineyard

  • July 10 – Singin’ in the Rain
  • July 17 – Rocky
  • July 24 – The Wedding Singer
  • July 31 – Jaws

Peninsula


The San Mateo County Sherrif’s Office also sponsors a rotating series of movie nights at parks all throughout the county from June 15 to August 10. See the full lineup.

Burlingame – Movies in the Park

Every other Friday from August 10 to September 7 in Washington Park

  • August 10 – Sherlock Gnomes
  • August 24 – Despicable Me 3
  • September 7 – Coco

El Granada – Movies in the Park

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

Half Moon Bay – Movies in the Park

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

Menlo Park – Menlo Movie Series

Fridays from July 27 to September 21 mostly at Burgess Park

  • July 27, 8:45 pm: Despicable Me 3 – Burgess Park
  • August 3, 8:30 pm: Cars 3 – Burgess Park
  • August 10, 8:30 pm: Black Panther – Burgess Park
  • August 17, 8:15 pm: The Lego Ninjago Movie – Burgess Park
  • August 24, 8:15 pm: Mary Poppins – Burgess Park
  • August 31, 8:00 pm: Sing – Burgess Park
  • September 7, 8:00 pm: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Burgess Park
  • September 14, 7:45 pm: Paddington 2 – Burgess Park
  • September 21, 7:30 pm: Coco – Onetta Harris Community Center

Millbrae – Community Movie Night

Monthly movie nights hosted by either the City of Millbrae or San Mateo Sheriff’s Office

  • June 15th- Moana in Central Park
  • July 20th- Zootopia in Central Park
  • Tuesday, August 7th- Coco in Central Park
  • Friday, September 14th – Tentative Date – Film TBA
  • More dates may be scheduled – check Facebook for updates

Moss Beach – Community Movie Night

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

Mountain View – Summer Outdoor Movie Nights

Friday nights July 13 – August 17 at various parks throughout Mountain View

  • July 13, 2018 at Cuesta Park – Ferdinand
  • July 20, 2018 at Sylvan Park – Despicable Me 3
  • July 27, 2018 at Stevenson Park – Lego Ninjago
  • August 3, 2018 at Eagle Park – Cars 3
  • August 10, 2018 at Rengstorff Park – Smurfs: The Lost Village
  • August 17, 2018 at Whisman Park – Coco

Redwood City – Movies on the Square

Every Thursday, June 7 – August 30 at Courthouse Square

  • June 7, 2018 – Lion (PG-13)
  • June 14, 2018 – LEGO Batman Movie (PG)
  • June 21, 2018 – Jurassic Park (PG-13) 25th Anniversary
  • June 28, 2018 – Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (PG-13)
  • July 5, 2018 – The Sandlot (PG) 25th Anniversary
  • July 12, 2018 – Beauty and the Beast *Sing Along* (PG)
  • Friday, July 13, 2018 (Bonus Film Night) – Coco at Fair Oaks Soccer Field with Sherrif’s Dept.
  • July 19, 2018 – Wonder (PG)
  • July 26, 2018 – Wonder Woman (PG-13)
  • August 2, 2018 – The Greatest Showman (PG)
  • August 9, 2018 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi (PG-13)
  • August 16, 2018 – Coco (PG)
  • August 23, 2018 – Lost Boys (R)
  • August 30, 2018 – Black Panther (PG-13)

San Bruno – Community Movie Night

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Film Night

San Mateo – Movies in the Park

Friday nights in September at various parks throughout San Mateo

  • Friday, September 7 – Beresford Park – “Zootopia”
  • Friday, September 14 – King Park – “Coco”
  • Friday, September 21 – Laurie Meadows Park – “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
  • Friday, September 28 – Central Park – Black Panther

South San Francisco – Movie Nights in the Park 2018

Two annual movie nights at Orange Memorial Park

  • Friday, June 15 – Despicable Me 3 – ’80s throwback + photo booth
  • Friday, July 20 – Coco – Ballet Folkorico & Mariachi at 7pm

South Bay


Cupertino – Cinema at Sundown

Fridays August 10-24 at Memorial Park Amphitheater at 8:15pm

  • August 10 – Beauty and the Beast (Sing Along)
  • August 17 – Coco
  • August 24 – Wonder Woman

San Jose – Starlight Cinemas

Monthly on Saturdays, June 16 to September 15 – St. James Park

  • June 16 – The Princess Bride (1987)
  • July 21 – The Sandlot (1993)
  • August 18 – Coco (2017)
  • September 15 – E.T. (1982)

San Jose Drive-in – West Wind Drive-In – Capitol 6

Old school drive-in with six screens and double features every night of the year for $7.95. Tuesday is family fun night $5.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids.  They also host a free drive-in movie night twice a year, once in April and once in September. 3630 Hillcap Ave..

Santa Clara County – In the Park After Dark / Movie Night at the Lake

Rotating outdoor film series at county parks and lakes from June 15 to September 14

June 2018

  • Friday, June 15 – Movie ​Night ​(Jumanji) ​at ​the ​Lake -Anderson ​boat ​launch ​area
  • Friday, June 22 – ​(Lego ​Batman ​Movie) – Ed ​Levin ​-​ ​Sandy ​Wool
  • Saturday, June 23 – ​(Beauty ​and ​the ​Beast ​2017) – Santa ​Teresa ​County ​Park
  • Friday, June 29 –  ​(Despicable ​Me) – ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, June 30 – (Despicable ​Me ​2) – Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park

July 2018

  • Friday, July 6 – ​(Transformers ​The ​Last ​Knight) – Metcalf ​Motorcycle ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, July 7 –  ​(Moana) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Friday, July 13 – ​(Despicable ​Me ​3) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, July 14 – (Sing) ​and ​Martial ​Cottle ​Park ​Talk – Martial ​Cottle ​Park
  • Friday, July 20 – Movie ​Night ​at ​the ​Lake ​(Star ​Wars ​The ​Last ​Jedi) – Anderson ​boat ​launch ​area
  • Saturday, July 21 – ​(​Coco) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park

August 2018

  • Thursday, August 2 – (Black ​Panther) – Vasona ​entrance
  • Friday, August 3 – ​(Cars) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, August 4 – (Guardians ​of ​the ​Galaxy ​Vol.2) – Metcalf ​Motorcycle ​County ​Park
  • Friday, August 10 – (Cars ​2) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • ​Saturday, August 11 – (​Coco) ​and ​Martial ​Cottle ​Park ​Talk – Martial ​Cottle ​Park
  • Friday, August 17 – (Cars ​3) ​-​ ​Cottonwood ​Lake ​side ​of ​Hellyer ​County ​Park
  • Saturday, August 18 – ​(Star ​Wars ​The ​Force ​Awakens) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, August 24 – Movie ​Night ​(Thor ​Ragnarok) ​at ​the ​Lake – Anderson ​Dam
  • ​Saturday, August 25 – (Star ​Wars ​The ​Last ​Jedi) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, August 31 – ​(​Coco) -Alviso ​Marina ​County ​Park

September 2018

  • Saturday, September 1 –  ​(Lego ​Ninjago ​Movie) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, September 7 – ​(Wreck-​It ​Ralph) – Santa ​Teresa ​-​ ​Pueblo ​Group ​Area
  • Friday, September 14 – Movie ​Night ​(Black ​Panther) ​at ​the ​Lake – Anderson ​Dam

Santa Cruz – Free Movies on the Beach

Every Wednesday (except 7/4), June 20 to August 15 – Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

  • June 20 The Lost Boys
  • June 27 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • July 4 No movie – Happy 4th of July
  • July 11 Legally Blonde
  • July 18 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • July 25 Hairspray
  • Aug 1 Jumanji (1995)
  • Aug 8 Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Aug 15 Raiders of the Lost Ark

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