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Where to watch outdoor movies in and around Seattle this summer

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Looking to catch a movie under the stars this summer?

If watching The Princess Bride while cozied up to someone on a picnic blanket is your thing, then you are most certainly in luck. While there are some very distinct patterns in movie selection, there's lots of recent hits—no shortage of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Incredibles 2 showings this year—cinema classics, and old favorites to choose from for the rest of the summer, including some more creative picks.

Find the outdoor cinema closest to you on our map. Then load up the car with blankets, chairs, and snacks, and get ready to have a fun night out.

The best part: Most of these flicks have free admission—a steep discount from what you normally see in theaters. When they do charge admission, it’s usually about $5.

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1. Shilshole Bay Marina

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7001 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA
(206) 728-3006
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Port of Seattle uses Shilshole Bay Marina as a venue for showing nautical-themed films, including Aquaman on August 16.

2. Peddler Brewing Company

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1514 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107
(360) 362-0002
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A robust selection of Thursday night outdoor movies at Peddler Brewing focuses on fun, classic favorites, like Back to the Future, Point Break, and The Big Lebowski. There is, of course, beer.

3. Marymoor Park

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6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
Redmond, WA
(206) 205-3661
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Movies at Redmond’s Marymoor Park show alongside trivia and food trucks. Wednesday night films include classics like The Princess Bride and The Sandlot. Admission is $5 cash or $6 on a credit card. The county charges an extra $5 to park.

4. Carillon Point

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4100 Carillon Pt
Kirkland, WA
(425) 822-1700
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Although Carillon Point is in Kirkland, Bellevue Parks show Saturday night movies there, which tend toward more recent blockbusters like The Incredibles 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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5. Seattle Center Movies at the Mural

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Seattle Center
Seattle, WA

Picnic on the gently sloping Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a 40-foot screen with the Space Needle looming above. Saturday night movies include recent releases and classic crowd-pleasers, including both Black Panther and Dirty Dancing.

6. Crossroads Bellevue

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15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA
(425) 644-1111
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Bellevue Parks is showing a free movie at Crossroads every Thursday night in August, and they’re newer fare, including Mary Poppins Returns and Christopher Robin.

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7. Seattle Outdoor Cinema

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101 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

The folks behind the Fremont outdoor movies are now in South Lake Union. The current venue at South Lake Union Discovery Center offers a massive grass lawn packed with a larger screen (35 feet by 55 feet) and improved sound and projection. The last movie of this year’s season is The Life Aquatic on August 25.

8. Three Dollar Bill Cinema at Cal Anderson Park

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1635 11th Ave W
Seattle, WA

Three Dollar Bill Cinema, a local nonprofit that provides access to films for, by, and about queer folks, shows outdoor movies in Cal Anderson Park every summer. This year, catch Kinky Boots on August 30.

9. Bellevue Downtown Park

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10201 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA
(425) 452-6885
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Three parks fall under the Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park umbrella, but Bellevue Downtown Park has the most films, shown every Friday night with pre-movie entertainment at 7:30 p.m. and movies starting about 9 p.m. Like other Bellevue Parks events, it’s mostly newer stuff—Ferdinand, Wonder Park, The Lego Movie 2—but it closes out with outdoor cinema classic Back to the Future on August 27.

10. Westlake Park

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401 Pine St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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Downtown mainstay Westlake Park is showing outdoor movies most Fridays in August, including classic Jurassic Park and decidedly newer choices Captain Marvel and Incredibles 2.

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11. Freeway Park Movie Night

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700 Seneca St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 684-4075
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Like the other movies in downtown parks, Freeway Park shows a mixture of old and new, from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to Labyrinth.

12. Hing Hay Park

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423 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 684-4075
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This relatively-newly-renovated International District park is showing four movies on Saturdays this August: Crazy Rich Asians, Iron Monkey (in Cantonese!), Mirai, and Up.

13. Columbia Park

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4721 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 684-4075
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Head to Columbia City to see Coco in Columbia Park on August 18. It’s free, but there will be concessions and a food drive.

14. Highlands Park and Neighborhood Center

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800 Edmonds Ave NE
Renton, WA 98056
(425) 430-6744

Part of a series of outdoor movies in Renton parks, Highlands Park will be showing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on August 23, along with pre-show festivities.

15. Skyway Outdoor Cinema

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12702 Renton Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178

It’s the 17th year of Skyway Outdoor Cinema. In the parking lot between the 7-Eleven and the U.S. Bank in Skyway, The West Hill Community Association is setting up free outdoor movies most Saturdays in August. Incredibles 2, The Princess Bride, Aquaman, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are all in the lineup.

16. Henry Moses Aquatic Center

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1719 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA 98057
(425) 430-6780
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Also in Renton Parks’ series of outdoor movies, Henry Moses Aquatic Center is host to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on August 9. This one will cost you $5.

17. Tiffany Park

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1902 Lake Youngs Way SE
Renton, WA 98058
(425) 430-6700
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Renton Parks is also putting on an outdoor movie at Tiffany Park: Incredibles 2 on August 16, complete with pre-show entertainment.

18. Les Gove Park

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11th & Auburn Way S.
Auburn, WA

Auburn Parks is hosting one movie night at Les Gove Park, on August 9, showing E.T. after some musical performances.

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19. Wild Waves Wave Pool

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Wild Waves Wave Pool
Federal Way, WA 98003

No joke: Wild Waves theme park is showing a series of outdoor movies (Dive-In Movies, get it?) over the wave pool, viewable from a floaty tube. It comes with a season pass—otherwise it’s the cost of park admission. Upcoming Friday night showings are Finding Nemo and The Goonies.

20. Sunset Park

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1306 69th ST SE
Auburn, WA

Also in Auburn, Sunset Park has a movie night August 2, with Ralph Breaks the Internet showing after some country music.

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1. Shilshole Bay Marina

7001 Seaview Ave NW, Seattle, WA

Port of Seattle uses Shilshole Bay Marina as a venue for showing nautical-themed films, including Aquaman on August 16.

7001 Seaview Ave NW
Seattle, WA

2. Peddler Brewing Company

1514 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 98107

A robust selection of Thursday night outdoor movies at Peddler Brewing focuses on fun, classic favorites, like Back to the Future, Point Break, and The Big Lebowski. There is, of course, beer.

1514 NW Leary Way
Seattle, WA 98107

3. Marymoor Park

6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond, WA

Movies at Redmond’s Marymoor Park show alongside trivia and food trucks. Wednesday night films include classics like The Princess Bride and The Sandlot. Admission is $5 cash or $6 on a credit card. The county charges an extra $5 to park.

6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE
Redmond, WA

4. Carillon Point

4100 Carillon Pt, Kirkland, WA

Although Carillon Point is in Kirkland, Bellevue Parks show Saturday night movies there, which tend toward more recent blockbusters like The Incredibles 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

4100 Carillon Pt
Kirkland, WA

5. Seattle Center Movies at the Mural

Seattle Center, Seattle, WA

Picnic on the gently sloping Mural Amphitheatre lawn, in front of a 40-foot screen with the Space Needle looming above. Saturday night movies include recent releases and classic crowd-pleasers, including both Black Panther and Dirty Dancing.

Seattle Center
Seattle, WA

6. Crossroads Bellevue

15600 NE 8th St, Bellevue, WA

Bellevue Parks is showing a free movie at Crossroads every Thursday night in August, and they’re newer fare, including Mary Poppins Returns and Christopher Robin.

15600 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA

7. Seattle Outdoor Cinema

101 Westlake Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109

The folks behind the Fremont outdoor movies are now in South Lake Union. The current venue at South Lake Union Discovery Center offers a massive grass lawn packed with a larger screen (35 feet by 55 feet) and improved sound and projection. The last movie of this year’s season is The Life Aquatic on August 25.

101 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

8. Three Dollar Bill Cinema at Cal Anderson Park

1635 11th Ave W, Seattle, WA

Three Dollar Bill Cinema, a local nonprofit that provides access to films for, by, and about queer folks, shows outdoor movies in Cal Anderson Park every summer. This year, catch Kinky Boots on August 30.

1635 11th Ave W
Seattle, WA

9. Bellevue Downtown Park

10201 NE 4th St., Bellevue, WA

Three parks fall under the Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park umbrella, but Bellevue Downtown Park has the most films, shown every Friday night with pre-movie entertainment at 7:30 p.m. and movies starting about 9 p.m. Like other Bellevue Parks events, it’s mostly newer stuff—Ferdinand, Wonder Park, The Lego Movie 2—but it closes out with outdoor cinema classic Back to the Future on August 27.

10201 NE 4th St.
Bellevue, WA

10. Westlake Park

401 Pine St., Seattle, WA
Courtesy of Downtown Seattle Association

Downtown mainstay Westlake Park is showing outdoor movies most Fridays in August, including classic Jurassic Park and decidedly newer choices Captain Marvel and Incredibles 2.

401 Pine St.
Seattle, WA

11. Freeway Park Movie Night

700 Seneca St., Seattle, WA

Like the other movies in downtown parks, Freeway Park shows a mixture of old and new, from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to Labyrinth.

700 Seneca St.
Seattle, WA

12. Hing Hay Park

423 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104

This relatively-newly-renovated International District park is showing four movies on Saturdays this August: Crazy Rich Asians, Iron Monkey (in Cantonese!), Mirai, and Up.

423 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

13. Columbia Park

4721 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

Head to Columbia City to see Coco in Columbia Park on August 18. It’s free, but there will be concessions and a food drive.

4721 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

14. Highlands Park and Neighborhood Center

800 Edmonds Ave NE, Renton, WA 98056

Part of a series of outdoor movies in Renton parks, Highlands Park will be showing Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on August 23, along with pre-show festivities.

800 Edmonds Ave NE
Renton, WA 98056

15. Skyway Outdoor Cinema

12702 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178

It’s the 17th year of Skyway Outdoor Cinema. In the parking lot between the 7-Eleven and the U.S. Bank in Skyway, The West Hill Community Association is setting up free outdoor movies most Saturdays in August. Incredibles 2, The Princess Bride, Aquaman, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse are all in the lineup.

12702 Renton Ave S
Seattle, WA 98178

16. Henry Moses Aquatic Center

1719 Maple Valley Hwy, Renton, WA 98057

Also in Renton Parks’ series of outdoor movies, Henry Moses Aquatic Center is host to How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World on August 9. This one will cost you $5.

1719 Maple Valley Hwy
Renton, WA 98057

17. Tiffany Park

1902 Lake Youngs Way SE, Renton, WA 98058

Renton Parks is also putting on an outdoor movie at Tiffany Park: Incredibles 2 on August 16, complete with pre-show entertainment.

1902 Lake Youngs Way SE
Renton, WA 98058

18. Les Gove Park

11th & Auburn Way S., Auburn, WA

Auburn Parks is hosting one movie night at Les Gove Park, on August 9, showing E.T. after some musical performances.

11th & Auburn Way S.
Auburn, WA

19. Wild Waves Wave Pool

Wild Waves Wave Pool, Federal Way, WA 98003

No joke: Wild Waves theme park is showing a series of outdoor movies (Dive-In Movies, get it?) over the wave pool, viewable from a floaty tube. It comes with a season pass—otherwise it’s the cost of park admission. Upcoming Friday night showings are Finding Nemo and The Goonies.

Wild Waves Wave Pool
Federal Way, WA 98003

20. Sunset Park

1306 69th ST SE, Auburn, WA

Also in Auburn, Sunset Park has a movie night August 2, with Ralph Breaks the Internet showing after some country music.

1306 69th ST SE
Auburn, WA