San Diegans can enjoy a series of flicks al fresco this summer as the county’s free movie event, “Summer Movies in the Park,” kicks off this Friday.
The series of free outdoor movie events in local park facilities is a collaborative effort between the County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation, the Cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Marcos, Vista, USS Midway Museum and the Port of San Diego.
Each event gives local the chance to gather as a community and take in a free movie outdoors during those perfect San Diego summer evenings.
The series kicks off this season on Friday with a screening of “Finding Nemo” at Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and “Big Hero Six” at Robert Egger Sr. South Bay Community Park.
Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy games and activities before the movie starts at dusk and bring a chair, blankets and jackets. Food will be sold by vendors or a food truck on site.
This year, the summer movie lineup features 120 flicks – 31 more than last year. Organizers say four more local parks have been added to the movie venues list: Felicita, Lake Morena, Live Oak and Flinn Springs parks.
The parks where these free, family-friendly screenings take place range from Fallbrook and Oceanside in San Diego’s North County to Campo and Julian in the East County, to Imperial Beach in the south and coastal areas like Mission Bay and Ocean Beach, among many other communities.
The full movie calendar can be seen here and includes both classics like “Back to the Future” (July 3 at USS Midway Museum) and "The Goonies" (June 6 at Sycamore Canyon Preserve), and newer flicks like “The Lego Movie” (June 20 at Tierrasanta Community Park) and "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" (June 13 at Balboa Park/Morley Field Sports Complex).
The Summer Movies at the Park series runs through Sept. 26. The countywide event began back in 2007 as a “take back our parks” initiative, giving locals a reason to visit local parks for a free and safe evening event. Organizers say this event has deterred inappropriate after-hours park use and loitering, and has given residents a renewed interest in our local parks.