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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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Shilshole Bay Marina

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

Peddler Brewing Company

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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.

Marymoor Park

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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.

Carillon Point

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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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Seattle Center Movies at the Mural

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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.

Crossroads Bellevue

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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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Seattle Outdoor Cinema

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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.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema at Cal Anderson Park

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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.

Bellevue Downtown Park

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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.

Westlake Park

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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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Freeway Park Movie Night

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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.

Hing Hay Park

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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.

Columbia Park

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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.

Highlands Park and Neighborhood Center

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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.

Skyway Outdoor Cinema

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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.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center

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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.

Tiffany Park

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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.

Les Gove Park

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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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Wild Waves Wave Pool

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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.

Sunset Park

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

Posted by Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shilshole Bay Marina

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

Peddler Brewing Company

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.

Marymoor Park

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.

Carillon Point

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.

A post shared by Hopelink (@hopelinkhelps) on

Seattle Center Movies at the Mural

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.

Crossroads Bellevue

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.

A post shared by Sandip Debnath (@sandipd) on

Seattle Outdoor Cinema

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.

Three Dollar Bill Cinema at Cal Anderson Park

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.

Bellevue Downtown Park

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.

Westlake Park

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.

Courtesy of Downtown Seattle Association

Freeway Park Movie Night

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.

Hing Hay Park

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.

Columbia Park

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.

Highlands Park and Neighborhood Center

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.

Skyway Outdoor Cinema

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.

Henry Moses Aquatic Center

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.

Tiffany Park

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

Les Gove Park

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

A post shared by Vanessa Mather (@sweetness76) on

Wild Waves Wave Pool

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.

Sunset Park

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

Posted by Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation on Thursday, April 20, 2017