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.

07/11: Heathers
07/25: Bring It On
08/08: Juno

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
08/16: Ghostbusters
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

07/18: Shrek
08/08: The Goonies

Duvall Movies in the Park is in McCormick Park

08/15: Enchanted
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
08/02: Juno
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
07/10: Juno
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

Northwest Film Forum presents a Bike-In Movie as part of Imagine Capitol Hill, July 20, starting at 4pm.

Three Dollar Bill brings their outdoor movie series, “Features from the Black Lagoon”, back to Cal Anderson Park.

07/18: The Incredible Shrinking Woman
08/01: FROGS
08/15: The Gang’s All Here

4 Comments so far

  1. alanstein on June 28th, 2008 @ 2:34 pm

    I spotted a flyer for this the other day when I was downtown


  2. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on June 28th, 2008 @ 2:37 pm

    Oh, thanks! I’ll add this to the list.

  3. eyeshuh on June 30th, 2008 @ 2:52 pm
  4. Zee Grega (zeegrega) on June 30th, 2008 @ 3:02 pm


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