Who can forget the glory, excitement, and drama of the drive-in movies? We can just picture poor Danny Zucco, stranded by sweet Sandy while soda cups dance on the screen. Replicate that fifties fun lovin’ feelin’ with a visit to one (or two, or three . . .) of the area’s outdoor movie theaters. Bring the kids to shows like Monster House and The Princess Bride, and make a date night out of Jet City Improv’s Twisted Flicks, and features including Casino Royale. All sites require you bring your own place to park your booty — Fremont Outdoor Movies even gives a prize for most inventive seating! Shh, it’s starting!
Fremont Outdoor Movies
It’s the fifteenth year of Fremont Outdoor Movies, which delight in the joy of the big screen, and in the hilarity of comic voiceovers by Jet City Improv. You’ve got two chances — August 11 (Space Alien Night) and September 8 (B Movie Night)– left to see that comedy in action. Or, check out The Princess Bride with the whole fam on August 25, or The Sound of Music on September 15. Dress up as Princess Buttercup or Maria von Trapp and you might win a prize! Check web site for full schedule. Hot dogs and popcorn available for purchase.
When: Saturdays; seating at 7:30 pm; movie at dusk
Location: intersection of North 35th Street and Phinney Avenue N
Cost: $5.00 suggested donation
Grown-Up Drinks: Nope
Cinema on the Lawn
It’s a real party at Cinema on the Lawn, which benefits KEXP 90.3, KUOW 94.9, and Seattle International Film Festival. We’re talking gourmet treats from Whole Foods, movie trivia, prizes, and more cinematic fun. The final movie for this season is Little Miss Sunshine — Oscar nom for Best Picture, Supporting Actress (cutie Abigail Breslin), and Oscar winner for Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin) and Original Screenplay. If this hilarious and touching flick is already one of your faves, go to Cinema on the Lawn just to have your photo taken in the awesome themed photo booth. Chase that van!
When: Friday, August 10; seating at 7:00 pm; movie at 30 minutes after dusk
Location: Behind the South Lake Union Discovery Center, at the intersection of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue N
Cost : $5.00 suggested donation
Grown-Up Drinks: Red Hook beer garden
Movies at the Mural
The Space Needle serves as a backdrop for these moonlight movies. Bring a picnic and buy popcorn and candy at the site. Or, chow at the Center House’s food court before settling in for the show. One of our family fave offerings is Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride (Saturday, August 11). After you see the new Hairpray in the theater, do a comparison to the original John Waters version, starring Ricki Lake, on Friday, August 17 (not for Little Ones). Check web site for full schedule.
When: Fridays and Saturdays, August 3 through August 25; movie at dusk
Location: Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre, 205 Harrison Street
Grown-Up Drinks: Northwest Folklife beer garden
It’s the fourth year for West Seattle’s Sidewalk Cinema, dubbed “Seattle’s only portable movie theater.’ The flicks here are screened on the wall of Hotwire Online Coffeehouse. This season’s features include Raiders of the Lost Ark (August 11), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (August 18), and Edward Scissorhands (August 25). Enter the raffle with proceeds to benefit West Seattle charities.
When: Saturdays, August 4 through August 25; seating at 7:00 pm; movie at dusk
Location: Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 4410 California Avenue SW
Grown-Up Drinks: ?
Renton Outdoor Cinema
It’s already been a hopping summer for movies at Liberty Park, and two more family-friendly features are on the way! School of Rock shows on August 11 (bring your guitar), and Raiders of the Lost Ark on August 18 (bring your . . . giant boulder?). Concessions available; free parking.
When: Saturdays through August 18; seating at 7:00 pm; movie at dusk
Location: Liberty Park, Bronson Way N and Houser Way N, Redmond
Grown-Up Drinks: Nope
First Tech Movies at Marymoor Park
Redmond is home to the third annual First Tech Movies. The events are free, but if you choose to donate, you’ll be supporting King County Parks. Hot dogs, soda, kettle corn, ice cream, and coffee are available, and Subway and Blazing Bagels operate in the park. We’re psyched to finally show Junior Back to the Future on August 8, and to check out Monster House on August 22. Full schedule on web site.
When: Wednesdays through 22; seating at 7:00 pm; movie at dusk
Location: Marymoor Park, McNair Field, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond
Grown-Up Drinks: Nope
Outdoor Films at Mercer Island
Mercer Island’s 7th Annual movies series offers family favorites on a giant inflatable screen. The Ant Bully runs on August 18 and Shrek on August 25. Concessions available; free parking.
When: Saturday, August 18 and August 25 at 8:30 pm
Location: Mercerdale Park 77th Avenue SE and SE 32nd Street, Mercer Island
Cost: Free, bring money for snacks
Online: www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us (click on calendar)
Carillon Point Outdoor Movie Nights
This is the second year Carillon Point is hosting Movie Nights to benefit Hopelink. Arrive early to eat at one of the fab restaurants or order takeout and enjoy the water views. Films include Casino Royale on August 11 and The Goonies on August 18.
When: Saturdays through August 25; the movies start at dusk, the plaza opens one hour prior to dusk for seating.
Location: 4100 Carillon Point Kirkland, WA 98033
Cost: A donation of $5 per person to benefit Hopelink
Outdoor Movies at the Beach
Juanita Beach Park is a popular outdoor movie site and movie-goers are urged to arrive early because seating is limited. Summer line-up includes Wild America on August 24 and Charlotte’s Web on September 7.
When: Friday, August 24 at 8:30 p.m. and Friday ,September 7 at 8:15 p.m.
Location: Juanita Beach Park, 9703 NE Juanita Drive, Kirkland
Cost: A $5 donation per family
Online: www.ci.kirkland.wa.us (click on community, then calendar)