Movies under the stars: Where to see SF Bay Area outdoor flicks

Summer is when moviegoers flock to the cineplex to check out the latest Hollywood blockbusters. But it’s also a great time to change up the routine, kick back and catch a flick in the great outdoors, under the stars.

Fortunately, the Bay Area offers numerous opportunities to do just that — in a park, on a beach, at a winery. What follows is a partial rundown of such summertime options.

For most places, you’ll want to bring your own chairs, blankets and maybe a flashlight. Dress for cooler weather after the sun goes down. Unless otherwise noted, admission is free.


What: 2019 Starlight Movies in the Park

Where: Alameda Point Multi-Purpose Field and Leydecker Field Bay Farm Island

When: Approximately 8:15 p.m. selected Fridays, June-September

Details: Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-movie games and crafts for the kids. Barbecue grills, alcohol and pets are not permitted.

The films (and parks): June 21 — “Trolls” (Alameda Point); July 26 — “Zootopia” (Alameda Point); Sept. 6 — “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Leydecker Field).

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What: Movies in the Park

Where: Various city parks

When: Selected Fridays and Saturdays, July 6-Sept. 7 (times vary).

Details: Pre-screening offerings include activities tied into that night’s film (i.e.: Dance lessons for “Dirty Dancing”; Hawaiian eats for “Lilo & Stitch”). Many of the events will also offer play-time features for kids, such as a bounce castle and rock-climbing wall.

The films (and parks): July 6 — “The Wizard of Oz” (Creekside Park); July 12 — “Dirty Dancing” (Jollyman Park); July 20 — “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” (City Center Amphitheater); July 26 — “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (Three Oaks Park); Aug. 9 — “Incredibles 2” (Memorial Park Amphitheater). Aug. 16 — “Mary Poppins Returns” (Memorial Park Amphitheater); Aug. 23 — “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (Memorial Park Amphitheater); Aug. 30 — “Lilo & Stitch” (Wilson Park); Aug. 31 — “Searching for Bobby Fischer” (Creekside Park); Sept. 6 — “Shazam!” (Portal Park); Sept. 7 — “3 Idiots” (Library Field).

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What: Moonlight Movies on the Town Green

Where: Town Green, 400 Front St.

When: 8:30 p.m. every other Friday, June 14-Aug. 9

Details: Kids crafts and activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Films are family-friendly (“Black Panther” has a PG-13 rating).

The films: June 14 — “Little Giants”; June 28 — “Bolt”; July 12 — “Black Panther”; July 26 — “Mary Poppins”; Aug. 9 — “Incredibles 2.”

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What: Picnic Flix

Where: Emerald Green Park


Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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