Outdoor Summer Movies: a semi-comprehensive guide
Watching movies is fun. Being outside is fun. Watching movies and being outside at the same time? Super fun–and if you live in Seattle, very easy to do. There are a lot of outdoor movies this summer.
Last year I tried to create a complete directory of all the outdoor summer movie events around Seattle and discovered that it was a lot like trying to cut the heads off a Hydra. Every time I thought I had them all, I found that there were still more. Previous failure doesn’t mean I’m not going to give it yet another try–follow the jump to see what at least some of your outdoor movie watching opportunities are this season. If you plan it right, you could see Juno four times, The Goonies three times and still manage to fit in the midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Seattle Center, which is likely to be a very interesting screening indeed.
Fremont Outdoor Cinema kicks off its 16th season on June 28 with Superbad, celebrating “Fake ID Night”. All of their screenings feature theme nights and three Twisted Flick nights (July 12, August 2, and September 6) feature live performances by the members of Jet City Improv. Movie are shown at the parking lot across from the old Redhook Trolleyman Pub at N. 35th & Phinney Ave.
06/28: Superbad (Fake ID Night)
07/05: Hot Fuzz (Law Enforcement Night)
07/12: Project Moonbase (Outer Space Night)
07/19: Ghostbusters (I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost Night)
07/26: An Inconvenient Truth (Save the World Night, complete with a “Bicycle Fashion Show”)
08/02: Omega Man (Zombie Night)
08/09: Cloverfield (Big Giant Monster Night)
08/16: The Iron Giant (Robo Night)
08/23: Hairspray (60′s Night)
08/30: Juno (Safe Sex Night)
09/06: Fireball XL5 (Puppet Night)
09/13: Movie TBA
South Lake Union Cinema On the Lawn is located at the lawn behind the SLU Discovery Center at Denny and Westlake Avenue. They’ve got a beer garden, food from Whole Foods and a themed photo booth. They bring a trio of films featuring high school girls as the lead characters.
07/25: Bring It On
Sidewalk Cinema is showing movies all over the Seattle area, including the area’s only known “float in” movie, Saturday, July 5 at the Center for Wooden Boats at the south end of Lake Union where they’ll be showing African Queen, a movie that takes place on boat.
In West they have “Movies on the Wall” at 4410 California Ave West.
07/19: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
07/26: The Goonies
08/02: Who Framed Roger Rabbit
08/09: Finding Nemo
08/23: Galaxy Quest
Edmonds Outdoor Movie Nites are located in the playfield of the Frances Anderson Center – 700 Main Street. Edmonds
07/25: Charlotte’s Web (2006)
08/01: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sandlot Cinema takes place at the Lynndale Park in Lynnwood, 18927 72nd Avenue West
08/08: The Goonies
Duvall Movies in the Park is in McCormick Park
08/22: Alvin and the Chipmunks
08/29: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
The Seattle Center hosts Movies at the Mural, screened at the Mural Ampitheater
08/01: The Princess Bride
08/08: The Goonies
08/09: Batman Begins
08/09 (midnight) The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Seattle Parks have a ton of events going on at the “Center City Parks” , including their own outdoor movie series.
08/09: Transformers (Hing Hay Park)
08/16: Hero (Hing Hay Park)
08/23: Shaolin Soccer (Hing Hay Park)
09/04: Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Occidental Square)
09/06: Ratatouille (Hing Hay Park)
09/11: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Occidental Square)
09/18: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (Occidental Square)
Movies on the Pedestal happen Thursday nights at Rainier Square (thanks for the tip!)
07/03: The Princess Bride
07/17: Batman Begins
07/24: Raising Arizona
07/31: Rear Window
08/07: The Bourne Ultimatum
08/14: Almost Famous
08/21: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
08/28: Hot Fuzz
Three Dollar Bill brings their outdoor movie series, “Features from the Black Lagoon”, back to Cal Anderson Park.
07/18: The Incredible Shrinking Woman
08/15: The Gang’s All Here