San Diego’s Liberty Station will moonlight as an outdoor movie theater for the next six months as the venue hosts a series of free outdoor film screenings focused on heroes of the silver screen.
“Second Saturday Cinema” returns next week, on May 13, with a screening of the highly-acclaimed Damien Chazelle musical “La La Land.” The film, starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, will start at 8 p.m. at the Liberty Station North Promenade (2848 Dewey Rd.). Movie lovers are invited to sit on the grass (don’t forget that blanket or low-back chair, and maybe a snack from Liberty Public Market) and watch the flick under the stars, for free.
“La La Land” is the first in the series of free outdoor movies happening at the Liberty Station North Promenade now through October, on the second Saturday of each month. The 2017 series, produced in partnership with Pacific Arts Movement, will feature movies that spotlight the theme of “Heroes of the Arts on Film.”
Other films and dates in the lineup include:
- “Strictly Ballroom” (1992) on June 10 at 8 p.m.
- “Lego Batman Movie” (2017) on July 8 at 8 p.m.
- “Sing” (2016) on Aug. 12 at 8 p.m.
- “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” (2012) on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.
- “Ghostbusters” (2016) on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
According to organizers, the movies are reflective of the art forms represented by the diverse resident groups in the Arts District. The event aims to also bring more people to this part of Liberty Station, which is home to dozens of open art galleries, studios and museums.
Before the movies, a short film – experimental, independent or documentary – will screen. This part of the event is curated by Outside the Lens, a local program that teaches youth to use digital media, photography and filmmaking to create social change and advocate for important issues. Those who arrive early to Second Saturday Cinema will also enjoy music and performances highlighting groups in residence at the Arts District.