Editor’s note: As of publication, all information was current. However, things may change as the state moves through different phases, so please verify with individual venues before packing the kiddos in the car for a late night adventure.
This year Seattle’s outdoor movie season might look a bit different, but there are still plenty of spots families can watch stars on the big screen as well as overhead. From drive-ins to socially-distanced movies in the park, we’ve got what you need to plan a safe, super fun outing with you mini movie buffs, because even with coronavirus, the show must go on.
General Rules & Suggestions During Coronavirus
While you'll want to double-check each venue for their own set of rules, it's good to follow these general rules:
1. All movies begin as dusk (unless otherwise noted), although gates open much earlier.
2. Even if you're heading to a drive-in, bring your masks, as they are needed any time you leave your car. Hand sanitizer is also recommended.
3. Pack blankets, pillows and stuffies to keep the kids comfy. Add chairs (and maybe sunscreen) if you're heading to one of the outdoor park events.
4. Many events offer movie-friendly snacks on the cheap, but it doesn't hurt to pack some juice boxes and other goodies. Please note that some of these venues do not allow outside food and drink.
5. Not every movie listed below is "family-friendly." Those titles that are questionable are marked with an (*) asterisk.
Canlis Drive-In Theatre
In yet another effort to bring the community together during trying times, Canlis is hosting drive-in movies in their parking lot this summer. Tickets are $50 a carload and is donated to the Black Farmer's Collective. While you're there, enjoy burgers, ice cream sandwiches, popcorn and candy at an additional cost. The movies change weekly and selections are posted about a week in advance. Tickets go on sale on Fridays at 3 p.m. and sell out quickly.
Time: Lot opens at 8 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m.
2576 Aurora Ave.
Skyway Outdoor Cinema
Since 2003, the Skyway Outdoor Cinema has presented four weeks of Friday night films for the whole family for free behind the Skyway 7-Eleven. Food trucks pull up as early as 7 p.m. and then the big event usually starts around 9 p.m. In the past, families could expect pre-show entertainment, but that's on hold this year for now.
Fri., Aug. 7: Frozen 2
Fri., Aug. 14: Back to the Future
Fri., Aug. 21: Onward
Fri., Aug. 28: Jumanji: The Next Level
Time: Food trucks roll in as early as 7 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m.
12610 76th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98178
BECU Drive-In Movies at Marymoor Park
This popular Eastside outdoor movie destination has the green light to roll with their 16th season. Expect the same blockbuster movies on the big screen, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 8 through August 27, and food trucks dishing up delights. But this year, the venue's gone drive-in, so you and the kids can catch your faves from the comfort of your car, and participate in some socially distanced fun at the same time. Movies show rain or shine (no umbrellas needed this year); be sure to check the Facebook page if serious storms are in the forecast.
Wed., Jul. 8: Back to the Future 2
Thurs., Jul. 9: Dirty Dancing*
Wed., Jul. 15: Jurassic Park*
Thurs., Jul. 16: Grease*
Wed., Jul. 22: Hidden Figures
Thurs., Jul. 23: School of Rock
Wed., Jul. 29: Knives Out*
Thurs., Jul. 30: Shrek
August movies TBD
Time: Gates open at 7:30 p.m.
6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
Drive-In Movie Nights at Vasa Park
To celebrate July 4th, Vasa Park will launch their drive-in movie series by showing Captain America: The First Avenger. The series will include family and action films on Fridays and Saturdays, with Tuesday nights being reserved for classic Disney movies your kids will love seeing on the big screen. Concessions will be available for purchase, as no outside food or drink is allowed.
Sat., Jul. 4: Captain America: The First Avenger*
Tues., Jul. 7: The Incredibles
Fri., Jul. 10: Ferris Bueller's Day Off*
Sat., Jul. 11: 13 Going on 30*
Tues., Jul. 14: Frozen
Fri., Jul. 17: Jaws*
Sat., Jul. 18: Mama Mia!*
Tues., Jul., 21: Lilo & Stitch
Fri., Jul. 24: Caddyshack*
Sat., Jul. 25: 10 Things I Hate About You*
Tues., Jul. 28: Up
Fri., Jul. 31: Little Women
August movies TBD.
Hours: Gates open at 8 p.m.; movies begin at dusk
Vasa Park Resort
3560 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. S.E.
ShoWare Center Outdoor Cinema
This summer will be the first families will be able to pull in to see movies at the ShoWare Center in Kent. Expect family-friendly flicks Wednesdays through Sundays, with two show times. That's right, this is the only spot in town where you can catch a movie before the sun sets (and the toddlers let out a cheer!). Movies are announced each Wednesday for the following week. Choose premium or standard spots to park your car (both are first come first serve), and purchase snacks and drinks to keep your crew contented (no outside food or beverages are permitted, please) once you're there.
Cost: $30/car, standard parking; $40/car, premium parking
Time: Weds.-Sun., 6:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
625 W. James St.
Drive-In Movie at the Fair
Mark your calendars for August 22! It's time to introduce your crew to The Goonies (if you haven't already) when you drive-in to this one-time event at the Washington State Fairgrounds. You don't need tickets to attend this free event, but if you're able, bring canned foods (or other non-perishables) to benefit the Puyallup Food Bank. They'll have some of your fair faves out for concessions (including Fischer scones!) during the movie if hunger strikes. Entrance is first come, first served until the lot is full.
Time: Gate open 7:30 p.m.; movie begins at dusk.
Washington State Fairgrounds
Blue Parking Lot
Meridian St. S. & 10th Ave. S.E.
Dive-In Movies at Wild Waves
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park presents its "Dive-In” movie theater located at the Wave Pool on Fridays from July 5 through August 9. The Dive-In Movies are free for both Season Pass ticket holders and those with a daily park admission ticket. Stay after the park closes, grab a tube and hop in the Wave Pool to kick back with the latest release or flashback favorite!
Fri., Jul. 17: Frozen 2
Fri., Jul. 24: Spiderman: Far From Home*
Fri., Jul. 31: The Lion King
Fri., Aug. 7: Lilo & Stitch
Fri., Aug. 14: Top Gun*
Cost: Included with park admission.
Time: Movies start around 5 p.m.
36201 Enchanted Pkwy. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Movies in the Park - Tacoma
This year Movies in the Park is slated to run two, Friday night movies for families to enjoy. Admission is free, but if you'd like to treat the kids to ice cream from Bliss or a slice from Sirius Wood Fired Pizza, you'll need some dough.
Fri., Aug. 14: Frozen 2
Fri., Aug. 21: Toy Story 4
Time: Movies begin at dusk.
Meridian Habitat Park
14422 Meridian E.
Movies Under the Stars - Lakewood
Pack your picnic basket, and bring your blankets, chairs and kids to this year's annual Navy Federal Family Movie Night. Although the movie isn't set yet, you can expect a family-friendly flick that'll delight kids of every age. Plus, the 40-foot screen means there isn't a bad seat in the house...err...yard.
Sat., Aug. 15: Movie TBD
Time: Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; movie begins at dusk.
Fort Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Ave. S.W.
Popcorn in the Park Movie Series - Marysville
With the snappy title of Popcorn in the Park, the city of Marysville is hosting another summer of outdoor movies on Saturday nights at Jennings Park Lions Centennial Pavilion. You bring the kids, the Marysville Kiwanis will bring the free popcorn!
Sat., Jul. 18: A Dog's Journey
Sat., Jul. 25: Aladdin
Sat., Aug. 1: San Andreas*
Sat., Aug. 8: Sonic the Hedgehog
Sat., Aug. 15: Frozen 2
Time: Event entry opens at 7 p.m.; movies start around 9 p.m.
6915 Armar Rd.
Marysville, WA 98270
Head south to this classic drive-in for a change of scenery. It’s a spot where families can enjoy blockbuster double features on the big screen in a vintage venue. Take it all in from the comfort of your car, or pack chairs and socially distance next to your vehicle so you can gaze up at the stars. Food is available for purchase at the snack bar and can be ordered in advance to minimize contact.
Cost: $10/person, $7/child 5 & up; free for kids under 5
Time: Gates open at 7 :40 p.m. on Fri. & Sat. and at 8:15 p.m., Sun.-Thurs.; movies begin at dusk.
Blue Fox Drive-In
Make your movie night into a full-on adventure when you ferry over to Whidbey Island to go to the Blue Fox Drive-In. All you need to enjoy a double feature is a reservation. Then head over to grab a bite at the snack bar (no outside food is allowed) and maybe take a few laps around the Go-Kart track or play in the arcade.
Time: Gates open at 4 p.m.; movies begin at dusk.
1403 Monroe Landing Rd.
Oak Harbor, WA
—Allison Sutcliffe, Jeffrey Totey & Kristina Moy
Featured photo: Joe Penniston via flickr