Summer at the movies

Nighttime box office
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You have choices in San Diego and the way to see a movie is one of them. There are plenty of ways to see a Hollywood flick new and old that isn’t at your local AMC or typical shopping center movie theater.  You may not see the latest and the greatest movie but you may trip on an oldie but goodie or find a new favorite. You can have a unique public experience watching a movie this summer all because of the creative generosity of these following businesses/organizations, here are your options and a few scheduled dates for each venue (see websites for further dates):

The Pearl (Point Loma)- Every Wednesday, The Pearl Hotel and Restaurant bring you “Dive-in Theatre” Movies projected poolside. Showtime is 8pm. See website for details.

July 7- Gold Finger
July 14- Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Stone Brewing Co (Escondido)- Every Wednesday till September Stone Brewing Presents “Stone Movies Late Night” See website for details.

July 7-Labyrinth
July 14-JAWS (With “Commentary” By Rifftrax!)

Cinema Under the Stars (Mission Hills)– This is a great outdoor theater with anti-gravity chairs and some bar seating. This patio venue only holds 62 guests so grab a membership or get there early to buy tickets. See website for details.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
July 1, 2, 3 4
To Catch a Thief

Thursday & Friday
July 8, 9
To Have And Have Not

Three Penny Cinema (Little Italy)-  The publication “The Reader” Has put together a summer film festival that is hosted in the Reader offices (Friday and Saturdays till July 10th). The first ten people get in for 3 pennies and the rest get in for 3 dollars per movie. There will also be drawings and auction offerings. See website or publication for details.

Friday, July 2-Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the 1939 flick directed by Frank Capra, starring Jimmy Stewart (5:30pm). Peter H. Hunt’s 1776 follows (7:45pm). Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, June Lockhart star in Sergeant York, the 1941 film by Howard Hawks (10:15pm)

Saturday, July 3- John Ford’s 1939 film Young Mr. Lincoln, starring Henry Fonda (7:55pm). Hanks returns to the screen for Saving Private Ryan, directed by Steve Spielberg in 1998 (9:45pm)

Birch North Park Theatre (North Park)- On occasion this theatre will have movies hosted by different organizations. It is a pretty big theatre (seats over 700) and neighbors West Coast Tavern. Notice the historic beauty, it was built in 1928. See website for details and info.

Presented by FilmOut San Diego
Wednesday, July 14- 7:00 PM

You can also try to catch a silent movie at Heaven Scent Desserts (They play them at night projected on their wall).

Museum of Photographic Arts (Balboa Park)- This museum houses a movie theatre and has ongoing and special events in this theatre. See website for more details.

First Saturday of the Month    Family Film Day!
Second Thursday of the Month    Mexican Film Classics

San Diego County Library (Various Locations)-Free and usually in the afternoon, various branches will play movies (usually family friendly) in their multimedia rooms. Call local branch for details.

Logan Heights- Friday
Valencia Park/Malcolm X- Tuesday Afternoons
Carmel Valley- Saturday
Mission Valley- Various days
Central- Most Monday Nights and Sunday Afternoons

San Diego Museum of Art’s Screen on the Green (Balboa Park-Starts July 24) This outdoor film fest shows films that compliment their art exhibits. Details are on their website.

Friday, July 23- Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
Presented in conjunction with Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece.

Friday, August 6-The King of Masks (1996)
This award-winning film is presented in collaboration with the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and celebrates the Museum’s renowned collection of Asian Art.

Friday, August 20-Moulin Rouge (1952)
Presented in conjunction with Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris: Selections from the Baldwin M. Baldwin Collection.

Movies by the Lake (Santee)- Friday Night family films at the lake. Detailed schedule is here.

Drive-ins (South Bay) (Santee)- You will find first run movies and depending on your vehicle you may have a comfortable seat. There are currently 2 operating Drive-ins in San Diego County. See websites for movie times and rules.

La Mesa– Bring the whole family to the La Mesa Municipal Pool on July 16 for our “Dive In Movie” featuring “UP”. Doors to the pool open at 7:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 8:00 p.m. FREE!

On July 30, enjoy “Movie Under the Stars” featuring “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” at La Mesita Park located off Fletcher Parkway at 8858 Dallas Street, La Mesa, 91942. Pre-Show begins at 7:30 pm and the movie starts at 8:00 pm.  Bring your lawn chair or blanket, sit back under the stars, and enjoy a free night out in La Mesa!

Have fun at the movies, hope to see you there!

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2 comments on “Summer at the movies
  1. Natalie says:

    I say we plan a girls night to see Moulin Rouge! Right before my trip to Paris – perfect — but it is always a good movie!

    • Jennifer Boyd says:

      Natalie-Have you seen Amelie? That is a beautiful movie set in Paris- quirky and funny too.

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