Outdoor movies in Los Angeles are incredibly popular. It seems like every summer there is a new outdoor movie experience. In the very first episode of the LA Dreaming Podcast, I talk about Outdoor Movie Screenings in LA with my friend Casey Hempel. In this post, I’ll be recapping the ones we discussed on the show and sharing about other ones that we did not cover in our episode. We are currently working on finding the updated dates and screenings for the 2024 Outdoor Movies in LA.

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Outdoor Movie Screenings In LA

The first several outdoor movie screenings listed here are the ones that we talked about in our podcast episode. I will continue updating this to reflect the 2024 Outdoor Movies in LA.

Street Food Cinema

street food cinema

Street Food Cinema offers some of the best outdoor movies in LA. They have the largest variety of venues that are spread out throughout the Los Angeles area. This screening series typically takes place from April through September. They also try to do screenings for Halloween, Christmas & Valentine’s Day though some of the holiday screenings take place indoors. I have a full blog post on Street Food Cinema that you can check out. Ticket prices start at $22 for general admission but we have found tickets through Fever starting at $16. I have linked to those tickets below.

2024 Street Food Cinema Schedule

June 29 – 8:30 p.m | Mary Poppins at Griffith Park Carousel. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
June 29 – 8:30 p.m | The Goonies at Will Rogers State Historic Park. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
July 6 – 8:30 p.m | National Treasure at The Autry Museum. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
July 6 – 8:30 p.m | The Devil Wears Prada at Grand Hope Park. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
July 13 – 8:30 p.m | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle at The Autry Museum. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
July 13 – 8:30 p.m | The Princess Diaries at Will Rogers State Historic Park. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
July 20 – 8:30 p.m | Jurassic Park at LA State Historic Park. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
July 20 – 8:30 p.m | Summer Of Soul at The Autry Museum. 
July 27 – 8 p.m | Back To The Future III at The Autry Museum. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
August 3 – 8 p.m | Mad Max: Fury Road at Will Rogers State Historic Park. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
August 5 – 8 p.m | The Incredibles at Pearson Park Amphitheater. You can purchase tickets starting at $16 through Fever.
August 10 – 8:30 p.m | Clueless at Grand Hope Park. 
September 21 – 8:30 p.m. | Selena at Grand Hope Park.


cinespia photo booth

Cinespia is an outdoor movie screening series that takes place at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. This experience has been shown in movies like Valentine’s Day & Under the Silver Lake. It sounds weird that you are watching a movie in a cemetery but you are not sitting on top of the graves. One of the best reasons to come to this particular series is for the fabulous photo booths. Shown above is the photo booth from when I saw ET on the 4th of July. They put on a pretty good fireworks show for the holiday! Ticket prices are $22 for regular screenings and $32 for the ones with fireworks. You can purchase parking from Cinespia for $20-$30. I normally look for free or metered street parking on Santa Monica Blvd.

Cinespia 2024 schedule

June 29 – 9 p. m |Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
July 4 – 9 p. m | Rocky + Fireworks
July 5 – 9 p. m | Charlie’s Angels + Fireworks
July 6 – 9 p. m | Shrek 2 + Fireworks

You can get tickets for Cinespia here.

Rooftop Cinema Club

rooftop cinema club los angeles

We love going to Rooftop Cinema Club. They used to have three venues in Los Angeles but currently, the only one that is open is the one at Level DTLA. It is $23 per ticket for the Adirondack chair, $26 for the Adirondack chair and popcorn, and $29 for an Adirondack love seat and popcorn. For the love seat, the ticket price is per guest and must be purchased in pairs.

6/28 The Best Man + Immaculate
6/29 How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days + Scream
6/30 The Favourite

You can get tickets here.

Hollywood Bowl

box seats at the hollywood bowl

I highly recommend putting a movie night at the Hollywood Bowl on your LA bucket list. Each summer the bowl will host a Sound of Music sing a long which is one of the most fun events I have been to. They will also host movie screenings where the LA Philharmonic will play alongside the film. The events are truly spectacular.

2024 Hollywood Bowl Schedule for Outdoor Movies in LA 

7/27 Barbie The Movie In Concert

8/27 Singin’ In The Rain In Concert

9/21 The Sound of Music Sing-a-long

Other Outdoor Movie Screenings in LA

Westwood Village Cinema Under the Stars

Family-friendly free movies are being shown in Westwood Village from July through September. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6 pm and the movies start approximately 30 minutes after sunset. Guests can enjoy live music and kid crafts. Food and drink will be available for purchase from local businesses. Bring your own chairs, blankets, and alcohol-free picnics. Leashed dogs are welcome. Parking is a $5 flat rate after 5 pm. Address: 1036 Broxton Ave, Los Angeles CA 90024

July 13th: Lilo & Stitch
August 10th: Finding Nemo
September 14th: Ratatouille

Classic Films Under the Stars in Glendale

This summer marks the second season of this free movie series that takes place on the lawn of the Doctors House at Brand Park in Glendale. Gates open at 5:30 pm with shows starting at 7:00 pm.

7/13 Crime Wave
8/3 Bye Bye Birdie

Films in the Forest with TreePeople

Screenings take place just after sunset at TreePeople’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre. Tickets are $20 each.

7/11 Selena
7/20 FernGully – The Last Rainforest

Fairmont Hotel Summer Poolside Cinema

Santa Monica’s iconic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows is hosting poolside movies in partnership with Hulu from June 2nd through September 1st. Guests will enjoy special surprises throughout the series including giveaways and photo moments. Pre-purchased tickets ($45) are required for visitors. The tickets include admission, popcorn, and a themed three-course menu. Reserved seating is complimentary for hotel guests, please see or call the Front Desk or Guest Services team to retrieve the Access Code for Bookings. You can purchase tickets here.


6/23 Fantastic Mr. Fox

6/30 The Sandlot

7/7 Independence Day

7/14 Sideways

7/21 Aquamarine

7/28 Flamin’ Hot

8/4 The Proposal

8/11 Bohemian Rhapsody

8/18 Super Troopers

8/25 Special Screening

9/1 Napoleon Dynamite

2nd & PCH Movies

2nd & pch movie night

2nd & PCH is an outdoor shopping center near the water. They have a great selection of places to eat. I have truly enjoyed each of the food places that I have tried so far. Bring your low-to-the-ground chairs and blankets for the screenings. The free movies start at dusk. 

June 28: Wish
July 19: Barbie
August 16: Jumanji (1995)

Movies in the Park in Long Beach

This summer Parks, Recreation & Marine are offering free movie showings at parks throughout the city. Each screening has a dress-up theme. All movies begin at dusk.

Theme: Beach Day at the Park

June 26 – King
June 28: Wardlow

Theme: Neon Day 
July 1: College Estates
July 3: Recreation
July 5: Chavez

Theme: Crazy Socks Day
July 8: Bixby
July 10: Grace
July 12: Cherry

Theme: DIY Candy Outfit 
July 15: Pan American
July 17: Admiral Kidd
July 19: Ramona
July 20: Signal Hill

Theme: Tie-Dye Day
July 22: El Dorado Park West
July 24 – Whaley
July 26 – Orizaba

Theme: Crazy Hat Day
July 29 – Lincoln
July 31 – Coolidge
August 2 – Veterans

Theme: Animal Print Day
August 5 – McBride
August 7 – Animal Care Services
August 9 – Signal Hill

Theme: Dress like a Super Hero
August 12 – Drake
August 14 – Heartwell
August 16 – Mother’s Beach

Theme: Crazy Hair Day
August 19 – Somerset
August 21 – Scherer
August 23 – Stearn Champions

Moonlight Movies on the Beach

movies on the beach in long beach

Moonlight Movies on the Beach in Long Beach is one of my favorite outdoor movie screenings in LA. Yes, it will be cold but listening to the waves while watching a movie is so relaxing. The screening series takes place at Granada Beach in Long Beach. You can find plenty of free street parking on Ocean after 6 pm or you can pay to park if you don’t want to walk as far. Originally it was cancelled for the 2024 season but it was saved and they are currently working on the schedule. Movies start between 8-8:30 pm.
Bring chairs and plenty of blankets as it gets incredibly cold being so close to the water.

7/9 The Meg
7/16 The Princess Bride
7/23 The Sandlot
8/6 The Breakfast Club
8/13 Mamma Mia
8/27 A League of Their Own

Dockweiler Beach Movie Screenings 

The Department of Beaches and Harbors presents Beach Movie Nights. Enjoy free family-friendly movie screenings on the sand, by the waves, and under the stars at the Dockweiler Youth Center, on Friday nights this summer! It is really fun to watch movies at the beach but also very cold so please bundle up and bring blankets. All movies start at 8:00 p.m. Use Address 12505 Vista Del Mar Playa del Rey, CA 90293. You can RSVP for updates on the event but it is not necessary to RSVP in order to attend. 

June 28 | The Mighty Ducks
July 5 | Finding Nemo
July 12 | Space Jam
July 19 | Migration
July 26 | Lilo and Stitch
August 2 | Wish

August 9 | Kung Fu Panda 4

August 16 | The Little Mermaid (2023)

August 23 | Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
August 30 | Trolls Band Together

Movies Under the Stars at One Colorado in Pasadena

Movies are shown on the side of a building at One Colorado in Pasadena. There are a few different seating options. You can bring your own chairs and sit behind the VIP seats for free and you can sit in chairs on the balcony for free, or if you spend $50 at one of the One Colorado restaurants or shops and show your receipt to the screening staff you can sit in a VIP seat. Complimentary popcorn is provided.VIP check-in begins at 7:45 pm and movies begin at 8:30 pm.

6/29 Barbie
7/13 Pitch Perfect
7/27 Legally Blonde

Tropicana Movie Nights at the Hollywood Roosevelt 

The famous Hollywood Roosevelt hosts movie screenings by the pool. The events are open to anyone with a ticket regardless of whether you are a hotel guest or not. *Hotel guests do not need a ticket. For hotel guests, please email tspreservations@hollywoodroosevelt.com to reserve your spot. You are welcome to swim or lounge on a chair while you watch the movie. If you show up in a costume themed to the movie they will give you a free cocktail or candy. You can get tickets for their movie nights here. Doors open at 7 and movies start at 8. Swimming is encouraged. Tickets are $12 and parking can be purchased for $10. 

7/4 Jaws
7/11 Moana
7/18 Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
7/25 Point Break
8/1 Almost Famous
8/8 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
8/15 Boyz n’ the Hood
8/22 Swingers
8/29 La La Land
9/5 Purple Rain
9/12 Grease
9/19 Cabaret
9/26 Chicago
10/3 Nightmare on Elm Street
10/10 The Birds
10/17 Get Out
10/24 Carrie (1976)
10/31 The Shining

Outdoor Movies at the Skirball

Skirball will be showing movies on Fridays. The evening includes a kid-friendly lounge and activities. Adult tickets start at $20. Children 12 and under are free. You can purchase your tickets here. General admission is $20 per person. All screenings begin at 8:30 pm.

6/28 Where the Wild Things Are

7/12 Pan’s Labyrinth

Summer Movie Nights in the City of Rolling Hills Estates

Enjoy free summer movie nights at Ernie Howlett Park! Bring a blanket or beach chair and your favorite treats. Movies begin at dusk. There will be pre-movie entertainment from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
7/20 Migration

The Culver Steps Movie Screenings

This is a free and family-friendly screening series taking place on the steps in Culver City on Friday nights. Complimentary popcorn and water will be available while supplies last.

6/28 Jumanji
7/5 Little Giants
7/12 Stuart Little
7/19 Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
7/26 101 Dalmatians

Address: 9300 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

Outdoor Movies In LA Screening Essentials

Since I go to several of these screenings I am constantly adding more items to my personal collection that make these events more comfortable & enjoyable for me. For the screenings where I need to bring my own chair, I use the Tommy Bahama beach chairs that I got from Costco but you can find them on Amazon as well. You can wear them on your back which makes them incredibly easy to transport.

The grass will get wet with the dew during the movies so I love having a blanket down on the ground so that my feet don’t get as cold. I use a pineapple blanket that zips up into a pouch. You can find something similar on Amazon. Other items I love using are a foldable pop-up table & a picnic basket with wheels.

Make sure to bring plenty of blankets & jackets so that you are not tempted to leave early because of how cold you are. Bring quarters in case you need them for parking meters.

Whittier Movies in the Park

The free event begins at 6 pm with movies starting at dusk. Bring snacks, blankets, and chairs. Each movie screening takes place at a different park.

Michigan Park, 8228 Michigan Ave.

Parnell Park, 15390 Lambert Rd.

9/28 IF (2024)
Penn Park, 13950 Penn St.

Founders Park, 6031 Citrus Ave.

Santa Clarita City Cinemas in the Park

The free movies start at dusk. Be sure to bring chairs, blankets, and food. Unleashed animals, smoking, and alcohol are not allowed in the park.

7/26 Barbie at Central Park at 8 pm
8/23 Toy Story at Bridgeport Park at 8 pm 
9/27 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at The Centre at 7 pm
10/25 The Super Mario Bros Movie at the Canyon Country Community Center at 7 pm

Movie Fridays on Third Street Promenade 

A new free outdoor movie series for 2024 is at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. You can view the upcoming screenings here.

Movie Nights at Ovation at Hollywood & Highland

Ovation Hollywood, the shopping center at Hollywood and Highland, hosts free movies on select Friday nights. The movies start at 7 in the outdoor courtyard with some activities beginning at 4 pm. You can RSVP for upcoming screenings here.

6/28 The Super Mario Bros. Movie

7/26 The Lego Movie

8/30 Barbie

9/27 Hook

10/25 Hotel Transylvania

11/29 How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Ivy Station Movie Screenings 

Ivy Station is hosting a free monthly outdoor movie screening. The screenings typically take place on a Friday night around 8:30 p.m. They do prefer that you RSVP for the screenings. You are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.  You can see their upcoming events here.

Friday, June 28th 8:15pm: Up 
Friday, July 26th 8:15pm: The Sandlot 
Friday, August 23rd 7:45pm: Jurassic Park 
Friday, September 27th 7:30pm: Selena 

Address: 8840 National Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232


The screenings will take place at Malibu Bluffs Park. Moviegoers will need to bring a blanket and a beach chair. The event opens at 6 pm. They will have food trucks, arts & crafts, giveaways as well as special guests. Movies will begin at sunset.

2024 Films:

July 27: Space Jam

August 17: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Torrance Movie Screenings

Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are encouraged. You can visit the Movies in the Park City of Torrance website here.

7/13 Trolls Band Together 8:15 pm 3624 Artesia Blvd 

8/17 Kung Fu Panda 4 7:45 pm 2200 West Crenshaw Blvd

Movies on the Roof

movies on the roof westfield fashion square

My Valley Pass and Westfield Fashion Square have partnered for a rooftop screening series in Sherman Oaks. Tickets are $20. Seating is provided with bean bag chairs and Adirondack chairs. Doors open at 7:30 pm and movies start at 8:30 pm. Only food from Westfield Fashion Square is allowed. Screenings will take place every Friday and Saturday night from May 10th through November 30th.

Movies On The Roof at Westfield 2024 schedule

  • June 28: 10 Things I Hate About You
  • June 29: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • July 5: Independence Day
  • July 6: Top Gun
  • July 12: West Side Story (1961)
  • July 13: Moulin Rouge
  • July 19: Clueless
  • July 20: Romeo + Juliet
  • July 26: Remember The Titans
  • July 27: The Sandlot

You can purchase tickets here.

Movie Nights at the Queen Mary

You can reserve free tickets or upgrade to the date night package for $79. The date night package includes reserved couch seating, assorted small snacks, and a bottle of champagne. Reservations are required. You can reserve tickets here. The movie nights run from 6 pm to 10 pm. Movies will begin at dusk. Parking is $10 with validation.

July 17 – Little Giants
August 21 – Wakanda Forever
September 18 – Wonka

CSUN Summer Movie Fest

The CSUN Movie Nights are open to the community. The free movies are shown on the Library Lawn. They are showing movies with occasional giveaways and food trucks. Activities start at 6 pm and the movies start at dusk. You can pay for parking in lots B3 and G3 or try to find street parking. 

7/4 – Campus Closed – No movie
7/11 Lego Batman
7/18 Dune Pt. 2
7/25 Elemental
8/1 Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
8/8 Shrek 1 / Shrek 2

Summer Movie Night Series at Plaza West Covina 

Plan to bring your beach/lawn chairs for the entire family and be sure to RSVP for each member of your group that will be attending this free screening. Doors open at 5 pm and the movies begin at 8 pm or after sunset. The screenings will take place in the parking lot between Macy’s and Best Buy. There will be family entertainment, games, and giveaways from 5:00 PM until the movie starts. You can RSVP here.


NoHo Summer Nights 

Enjoy a free movie in the park at the North Hollywood Recreation Center. This is a ten-week concert and movie series that runs on Saturday nights at the corner of Magnolia and Tujunga next to the Amelia Earhart Library. Each event will have free, interactive art activities with local artists. Food will be available for purchase. Parking is available at the rec center parking lots and the North Hollywood Metro Station. Movies begin at dusk. 

11455 W. Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

6/29 Top Gun Maverick

7/13 Paw Patrol

7/27 Grease

8/10 Barbie

8/24 Coco

Free Movies at Warner Park

Enjoy movies in the park on Saturday nights in August. Movies begin at dusk.

5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 

8/3 Barbie 

8/10 The Blind Side

8/17 Wish

8/24 Elemental

8/31 Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom

Movies in the Park in South Pasadena

This free movie screening series will show one movie per month from June to August. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs. All movies begin at sunset at Garfield Park.

1000 Park Avenue

South Pasadena, CA 

7/12 Trolls Band Together

8/9 Barbie

Rancho Palos Verdes Movies in the Park

This free movie series is hosted by the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Recreation and Parks Department in the Ken Dyda Civic Center. They will have food trucks on site but you are welcome to bring your own food. Movies will begin at dusk. 

30940 Hawthorne Blvd, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

July 13 – The Little Rascals
August 10 – Kung Fu Panda 4

Movies in the Park Culver City

Culver City PRCS is celebrating the month of July which is “Parks Make Life Better!” month. They are showing free movies in the park every Saturday night. Bring a picnic, blankets and lawn chairs. Movies begin at dusk. 

July 6 – Barbie at Veterans Memorial Park
July 13 – Mary Poppins at Syd Kronenthal Park
July 20 – Wonka at Fox Hills Park
July 27 – The Wizard of Oz at Culver West Alexander Park

Movie Night at Jamaica Bay Inn

Enjoy free outdoor movies on the beachfront lawn at Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey. Drinks, snacks, and treats will be available for purchase. The event begins at 7 pm with movies starting at dusk. Bring low chairs and blankets. You can reserve tickets on Eventbrite here.

  • 6/30: Space Jam

Agoura Hills Movies in the Park

This free movie series is taking place at Reyes Adobe Park. Movies start at dusk. are invited to watch movies under the stars in Reyes Adobe Park.  

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

7/13 The Super Mario Bros. Movie
7/27 Coco

Summer Movies in the Park in Monterey Park

Monterey Park’s free movie nights are taking place at Barnes Park Field. The movies are held in conjunction with the farmers market. The event starts at 7 pm with the movies beginning at sunset.

350 S Mcpherrin Ave, Monterey Park, CA 91754

2024 Schedule

July 11: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Mayhem

July 25: Kung Fu Panda 4

August 8: Barbie

Arcadia Movies in the Park

Enjoy a concert and a movie. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm followed by a movie starting at dusk. All of the movies are rated PG. Parking is available at the City Hall parking lot and Santa Anita Race Track (Gate 5 ONLY).

240 W Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

7/11 Kung Fu Panda 4
7/18 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
7/25 Encanto
8/1 The Super Mario Bros. Movie
8/8 Wish

Alhambra Movies in the Park

The free movie screenings are taking place at the Alhambra Park Bandshell. Each screening will have something special like a kid’s concert or character appearances. Pre-show starts at 7 pm and the movies begin at dusk.

500 N. Palm Ave., Alhambra, CA, 91801

7/6 Teenage Kraken

7/13 The Super Mario Bros

7/20 Tangled

7/27 Elemental

8/3 Trolls Band Together

San Fernando Movies in the Park

Enjoy a free family-friendly movie night in the city of San Fernando

7/19 Sonic The Hedgehog at Recreation Park
7/26 The Grinch at Pioneer Park
8/2 The Super Mario Bros The Movie at Recreation Park

Bellflower Parks & Recreation Movie Night

Enjoy a free movie on the rooftop at the Mayne Parking Structure. The movie begins at 8:30 pm.

9739 Mayne Street

7/2 Barbie 

Inglewood Movies in the Park

Enjoy a free family-friendly movie in the park at three different locations in Inglewood. The movies include pre-show entertainment. Bring blankets and lawn/beach chairs. There will be food trucks onsite. Gates open at 6 pm and movies begin at dusk. If you bring 10 recyclable items you’ll be entered to win prizes.

6/29 Trolls Band Together (Edward Vincent, Jr. Park)

 700 Warren Ln, Inglewood, CA 90302

July 13: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Mutant Mayhem (Inglewood City Hall – South Mall)

1 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

August 17: Kung Fu Panda 4 (North Park – South Mall)

625 Hargrave St, Inglewood, CA 90302

Movies Under the Stars at Runway

On Thursday nights you can enjoy free outdoor movies at Runway in Playa Vista. The movies start at 8 pm. They will be offering free popcorn. They are providing headphones for the movie to create a good experience. Headphones are for guests with RSVPs first, on a first-come-first-serve basis. An ID is required to use the headphones. You can RSVP here. Be sure to bring chairs and blankets. 

July 18th: The Sandlot
July 25th: Parent Trap
August 1st: Cars
August 8th: You’ve Got Mail

Enjoy Summer Movies On The Promenade at The Shops at Santa Anita 

This event is free to attend. Seating will open at 6:30 p.m. They will have trivia, games & giveaways starting at 7 p.m. The movies will take place at dusk on The Promenade near Haidilao Hot Pot. They will have complimentary popcorn and water while supplies last. Bring your own blankets and low chairs. Tall camping chairs will not be allowed. You can get your tickets here.

  • July 10: Elemental
  • July 17: Shrek
  • July 24: The Incredibles
  • July 31: Trolls World Tour

Outdoor Movie Screenings in Orange County

Movies in Orange County Parks

orange county movies

The OC Parks hosts the OC Sunset Cinema. You can see movies at Orange County parks in cities like Fullerton, Brea, Orange, Anaheim, Dana Point, and Laguna Niguel. The screenings are free and include fun pre-show entertainment.

2024 OC Sunset Cinema Schedule

June 7: Wonka (2023) at Craig Regional Park

June 14: The Little Rascals (1994) at Craig Regional Park

June 21: Migration (2023) at Carbon Canyon Regional Park

June 28: Men in Black (1997) at Carbon Canyon Regional Par

July 12: Trolls Band Together (2023) at Mason Regional Park

July 19: Barbie (2023) at Yorba Regional Park

July 26: National Treasure (2004) at Yorba Regional Park

August 2: Frozen II (2019) at Irvine Regional Park

August 9: Napoleon Dynamite (2004) at Irvine Regional Park

August 16: The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023) at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

August 23: 13 Going on 30 (2004) at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

August 30: The Goonies (1985) at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach

Santa Ana Movies in the Park

The City of Santa Ana hosts Summer Movies in the Park from June through July 26th. Each screening takes place at a different park. Popcorn will be available while supplies last. Every free screening will have inflatables and activities. The event begins at 6 pm.

7/12 Aladdin at Heritage Park 4812 W Camille St, Santa Ana, Ca 92704
7/19 Kung Fu Panda 4 at Rosita Park 706 N Newhope St, Santa Ana, Ca 92703
7/26 Tarzan at Santa Ana Zoo 1801 East Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Waterfront Cinema on the Lido Deck

Tickets are $20 for movies at Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach. You can enjoy a classic film with wireless headphones, fresh popcorn, and more. Advanced tickets and reservations are required. Seating is provided but you will want to bring your own blanket. Seating starts at 7:30 and movies will begin at 8:15 pm. You can get tickets here.

7/19 Summer Rental

3434 Via Lido, Newport Beach, CA 92663


The Pendry Hotel has patterned with The Picnic Collective for a free summer family movie series. They have concessions and a bar. Arrive at 5:30 pm to enjoy live music ahead of the 7:30 pm movie screenings. 

July 23 | Back to the Future
August 20 | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Garden Grove Outdoor Movie Nights

Bring chairs and blankets for this free movie series. They will have snacks available for purchase. The movie begins at 8:30 pm on Historic Main Street. 

8/9 Grease

Segerstrom Center’s Movies on the Argyro’s Plaza

Enjoy free movie Mondays on the plaza. They will be showing movies with pre-show entertainment. Bring your own picnic or get food from the food trucks. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:00 pm with the movie starting at 8 pm. Bring your own chairs and blankets. 

7.8 The Muppet Movie
7/15 Pitch Perfect
7/22 Jurassic Park
7/29 13 Going on 30
8/5 Back to the Future

Tustin Parks and Recreation Movies at the Park

Bring your own blankets and chairs and enjoy a movie at a different park each week. Pre-show entertainment begins at 6:00 pm and movies begin at dusk.

7/5 Trolls Band Together Frontier Park 1400 Mitchell Ave, Tustin, CA 92780
7/12 The Princess and the Frog Cedar Grove Park 11385 Pioneer Rd, Tustin, CA 92782
7/19 Rio 2 Veteran Sports Park 1645 Valencia Ave, Tustin, CA 92782
7/26 School of Rock Camino Real Park 13602 Parkcenter Ln, Tustin, CA 92780
8/2 Sing 2 Pine Tree Park 1402 Bryan Ave, Tustin, CA 92780

Movies on the Lawn at Great Park Irvine

Enjoy free movies at Great Park. Bring your low-back chairs, blankets, and picnics. They will also have food for sale on site. You can arrive as early as 6:30 pm. Movies will begin after sunset. 

  • Thursday, June 27 — Elemental 
  • Thursday, July 18 — Trolls Band Together 
  • Thursday, August 1 —  Wonka

If you like Drive-Ins I have blogged about my experience at the Paramount Drive-In, and the Vineland Drive In.


About The Author

Michelle Ares is the founder and creative director of LA Dreaming. I have a passion for Southern California and love sharing my adventures and experiences with you. I love to travel, find new places to check out, and watch movies. You can follow me on Instagram @la.dreaming

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