Along with the lazy days of summer comes free (or super cheap) family flicks. The best part? You can pack your own snacks and comfy low-back seats and it won’t matter if your little movie buffs can’t make it through a whole show. Just remember to pack their jammies, so you can make a car-to-bed switcharoo when you get home.
photo: Seattle Outdoor Movies Facebook page
PEMCO Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park
Now in its fifth season, this popular Thursday evening series not only offers great big screen movies for the whole fam, but also fun attractions like cirque performers, movie trivia contests, a vendor fair, giveaways and some of Seattle’s best food trucks. If you’re too tired to pack the movie snacks, don’t worry. Concessions such as kettle corn, ice cream, coffee and sweet treats will be available. All movies are Fido-friendly and take place rain or shine.
July 9 Back o the Future
July 16 Crazy Stupid Love
July 23 Big Hero 6
July 30 Zoolander
Aug. 6 10 Things I Hate About You
Aug. 13 UP
Aug. 20 Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug. 27 The Princess Bride
7400 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Cost: $5/person for entertainment, trivia and food truck area; 5 and under Free
Time: Event entry opens at 7 p.m. for the first six events and 6:30 p.m. for the last two events; movies start at dusk.
Fremont Almost Free Outdoor Cinema
Seattle’s oldest, longest, original outdoor movie experience returns to Fremont this summer. Grab your low-back chairs, pillows and inflatable couches and settle in for a night of family fun under the stars. Since this is a popular movie series, we suggest arriving early to get the best seats, catch the pre-show fun and door prizes and hit the food trucks on site. This movie series does take place in a parking lot, so comfy seats and blankets are recommended. To guarantee your seats, you can purchase tickets online starting on June 15. Note: Some movies are not suitable for children, so save those ones for date nights!
July 10 Elf (Free screening)
July 18 Talladega Nights
July 24 Predator
July 25 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Aug. 1 Old School (21+ only)
Aug. 7 South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
Aug. 8 Anchorman (21+ only)
Aug. 15 Ghostbusters
Aug. 22 The Dude Fest: The Big Lebowski (21+ only)
Aug. 29 The Lego Movie
3501 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
Time: Gates open at 7 p.m.; movies start at dusk (approximately 10 min. earlier each week). July screenings typically start at 9:30 p.m.; August screenings typically start at 8:30 p.m.
photo: Seattle Center
Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
The Space Needle serves as a backdrop for these moonlight movies on Saturdays. Bring a picnic and buy popcorn and candy on site. Or, grab some chow at The Amory before settling in for the big show on a state-of-the-art giant screen. If the skies are unforgiving, be sure to call the rain hotline (206-684-7200) before you go. Info is updated after 2 p.m.
July 25 The Goonies
Aug 1 Selma
Aug. 8 Back to the Future
Aug. 15 Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug. 22 Into the Woods
Seattle Center – Mural Amphitheatre
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Time: Movies start at dusk; around 9 p.m.
West Seattle Outdoor Movies
West Seattle offers alfresco viewing at their annual Saturday outdoor movie series. From action flicks to family blockbusters like Big Hero 6, you and the fam can catch it all in the courtyard between Hotwire Coffee and Dr. Wolff. Make sure to bring your low-back chairs and some dinero for concessions and raffle prizes. All money collected from this summertime series will benefit local charities.
July 18 Zoolander
July 25 Singles
Aug 1 Raising Arizona
Aug. 8 Big Hero 6
Aug. 15 Guardians of the Galaxy
Aug. 22 Rocky Horror Picture Show
Courtyard between Hotwire Coffee & Dr. Wolff
4410 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98106
Cost: Free (donations accepted)
Time: Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movies start at dusk.
photo: Port of Seattle, Don Wilson
Movies at the Marina
Mark your calendars! Movies at the Marina are back this August. Grab your low-back chairs, comfy blankets and sweaters (the air can be chilly next to the Puget Sound) and catch these family flicks under the stars. Be sure to arrive early to get your spot on the lawn. Blankets and low chairs are allowed on the lawn; regular chairs will be allowed to the sides and in the back. This is a Fido-friendly movie series. Guest moorage is also available; make your reservation by calling 206-787-3006. Free popcorn will be available.
Aug. 14 Finding Nemo
Aug. 21 Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Shilshole Bay Marina
7001 Seaview Ave. N.W., Suite 100
Seattle, Wa 98117
Time: Movies start at dusk
Seattle Parks and Recreation Outdoor Movies
This summer, you and your crew can catch some family flicks under the stars at Cascade Playground and Bell Street Park. Be sure to arrive early to stake out your spot and to enjoy the pre-movie activities. If the skies are unforgiving, call the rain-out hotline after 1 p.m. at 206-684-7710.
Aug. 21 Big Hero 6
Aug. 28 Paddington
Sept. 4 Grease
Sept. 11 Annie
333 Pontius Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Aug. 8 Into the Woods
Aug. 15 101 Dalmatians
Bell Street Park
Third & Bell St.
Seattle, Wa 98121
Time: Movies start at sunset
photo: Bellevue Summer Movies in the Park Facebook page
Eastside & Beyond
Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies
The Eastside has a great selection of kid-friendly flicks this summer. One of our fave places to throw a blanket down and enjoy a picnic dinner and a movie is at the Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies. This year, Hidden Valley Park is the new temporary location for the outdoor movies while Bellevue Downtown Park is getting its summer makeover. Starting on July 7, you and the kiddos can catch shows every Tuesday. Be sure to arrive early so you can participate in the pre-movie activities and make sure to check the movie website to see what kind of donation to bring; movies are free, but each night has a different charity drive theme. On rainy days, movies will be shown at South Bellevue Community Center.
July 7 Penguins of Madagascar
July 14 How to Train Your Dragon
July 21 The Book of Life
July 28 The Boxtrolls
Aug. 4 Dolphin Tale 2
Aug. 11 Annie
Aug. 18 Hundred Foot Journey
Aug. 25 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Hidden Valley Sports Park
1905 N.E. 112th St.
Bellevue, Wa 98004
Cost: Free with charitable donation
Time: Pre-movie entertainment starts at 8 p.m.; movies begin at dusk
Carillon Point’s Outdoor Movies
Each summer, Carillon Point hosts a number of family-friendly movie nights to benefit Hopelink, a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting self-sufficiency to members of the community. Arrive early to eat at one of the fab restaurants or order takeout and enjoy the water views. It doesn’t get much better than catching a family flick on the shores of Lake Washington.
July 11 Maleficent
July 25 Big Hero 6
Aug. 8 Jurassic Park
Aug. 22 Guardians of the Galaxy
4100 Carillon Point
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Cost: $5/person recommended donation to Hopelink
Time: Plaza opens one hour prior to dusk for seating; movies start at dusk (around 9 p.m.).
photo: Movies at Marymoor Park Facebook page
First Tech Movies @ Marymoor Park
The Movies @ Marymoor Park series should also be on your radar–they’re debuting the 2015 season on Wednesday, July 8 with a showing of The Goonies. This is heavy! In addition to a fab lineup of weekly Wednesday movies, enjoy live entertainment, movie trivia and our region’s best food trucks. Be sure to check the website for the current week’s food truck schedule. Seating is on a first come, first served basis, so arrive early and be sure to bring Fido along for the show! Psst! The first 200 people will receive a free glow necklace at the Overlake Medical Clinics tent.
July 8 The Goonies
July 15 Dirty Dancing
July 21 Raiders of the Lost Arc
July 29 Big Hero 6
Aug. 5 Top Gun
Aug. 12 Grease
Aug. 19 Tangled
Aug. 26 Guardians of the Galaxy
6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.
Redmond, Wa 98052
Cost: $5/person; 5 and under Free
Time: Pre-movie seating starts at 7 p.m. for the first six events and 6:30 p.m. for the last two events; movies start at dusk.
Parking: King County charges $5 per car
Crossroads Movies in the Park
Grab your low-back chairs, blankets and movie snacks and head to Crossroads Park for this family movie series. Enjoy free family activities starting at 7:30 p.m. (think games, crafts and activities for kids) followed by the movie at dusk. Note: Movies will be cancelled in the event of rain.
August 6 Big Hero 6, PG
August 13 Maleficent, PG
August 20 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, PG
August 27 Cinderella, PG
16000 N.E. 10th St.
Bellevue, Wa 98008
Time: Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m.; movies start at dusk
Sundquist Family Movies in the Park – Everett
Starting on July 9, families in the North Sound can take in family flicks under the stars at Willis Tucker Community Park. Be sure to arrive early for the pre-movie entertainment provided by BridgeCity Church. If you forget to pack snacks, the Mill Creek Lions Club will be selling movie snacks (think popcorn, candy, soda and water). Plus, the Sno-Isle Library’s Bookmobile will be on hand with books related to the movies shown on-screen. Seating is on the grass, so low-back chairs and blankets are recommended.
July 9 Paddington
July 16 How to Train Your Dragon II
July 23 Planes Fire & Rescue
July 30 Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Aug. 6 Wreck-It Ralph!
Aug. 13 Despicable Me
6705 Puget Park Dr.
Snohomish, Wa 98296
Cost: Free (donations benefiting Snohomish County Parks encouraged)
Time: Open seating and pre-movie entertainment begins at 7:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. View exact start times online.
Good to Know
Redhook Brewery is bringing back it’s popular summertime outdoor movie series starting on July 9. Redhook’s Moonlight Cinema will be showing movies for adults, so grab a sitter and enjoy a movie under the stars with your beer. And be sure to mark your calendars for Family Night on Aug. 27. That’s when the Brewery will be wrapping up it’s summer showcase with an all ages showing of The Lego Movie.
If outdoor movies aren’t your family’s thing, but you still want to catch some cheap family flicks this summer, check the Summer Movie Express schedule. For just $1 you can see a host of kids’ movies at participating Regal Cinemas through August 19, 2015.
Know of another great outdoor movie series? Feel free to add it to the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy