KQED Guides

It’s Showtime! Guide to Outdoor Movie Nights

Flickr: Mariko

From Sixteen Candles to Mission Impossible, dozens of films will be screened outdoors and on buildings across the Bay. Avoid your typical awkward date, cuddle up with that special someone and bring your own picnic (or maybe even your whole living room) — or just an extra sweater for a chilly cutie.

SUMMER CINEMA ON CENTER STREET
Saturdays August 4, 11 & 18; 7:30pm
Center Street between Shattuck & Oxford, Berkeley
FREE

The Pacific Film Archive presents a three-night outdoor film screening on the side of their future home on Center Street in downtown Berkeley. Each film screening features mind-bending short films, musical stimulants and freaky performances before screenings of The Atomic Brain (8/4), Donovan’s Brain (8/11) and The Brain That Wouldn’t Die (8/18).

MOVIES ON THE SQUARE
Through August 30; 8:45 pm
FREE

Head south to Redwood City and enjoy the warm summer nights of the Silicon Valley with this well-attended outdoor movie gathering. Featuring blockbuster hits like The Karate Kid and The Goonies. Don’t miss out on these classics in the comfort of an intimate outdoor setting amongst your neighbors.


WATERFRONT FLICKS
Thursday nights through August 23
Jack London Square, 70 Washington Street, Oakland
FREE

Unlike your typical outdoor movie, Jack London Square provides the ultimate venue with a beautiful waterfront back drop to accompany your cinematic experience. Enjoy films like Ghostbusters and The Princess Bride at this breathtaking destination.

TEMESCAL STREET CINEMA
Through Sept 30, 8pm
49th St near Telegraph Ave, Oakland
FREE

Every Thursday you can see free movies by Bay Area film and video artists in the Temescal District of North Oakland. Each evening begins with live music and features local food vendors and free popcorn. Limited seating, so come early and bring your own chair.

FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK
Weekends through Aug 25
Locations vary
8pm or dusk
FREE

Spend your weekend off with free outdoor movies (Ratatouille, Mamma Mia!, The Graduate and more) in parks throughout San Francisco and Marin County, from Dolores Park and Union Square to San Anselmo Creek Park, projected on giant outdoor screens. Check the site for a full schedule and location.

Check out KQED Arts for more arts-related ideas.

- By Nicole Zeichick and Adrienne Blaine