KQED Guides

It’s Showtime! Guide to Outdoor Movie Nights

Updated: June 13, 2014

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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.

FILM NIGHT IN THE PARK
June 13 – September 27, 2014
Locations vary
8pm or dusk
Free

Spend your weekend off with free outdoor movies in parks throughout San Francisco and Marin County, from Dolores and Union Square to San Anselmo Creek Park, projected on giant outdoor screens. Check out the Marin and San Francisco sites for a full schedule of times and locations.

MOVIES ON THE SQUARE
June 5 – September 25, 2014
8:45pm
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 Frozen and E.T.. Don’t miss out on these classics in the comfort of an intimate outdoor setting amongst your neighbors.


WATERFRONT FLICKS
June 12 – August 21, 2014
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 Gravity and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off at this breathtaking destination.

TEMESCAL STREET CINEMA
June 19 – July 31, 2014
8:45pm
49th St near Telegraph Ave, Oakland
Free

Every Thursday in June and July, the Temescal Street Cinema program is showing a selection of hand-picked documentaries in North Oakland. In the past, evenings have included live music, local food vendors and free popcorn. Check their site for details on this year’s program. Limited seating, so come early and bring your own chair.

Check out KQED Arts for more arts-related ideas.

- By Nicole Zeichick and Adrienne Blaine