Free (or Almost Free) Summer Movies for Families All Over LA

Outdoor movies and free summer film festivals for Los Angeles Kids

And... action! As summer kicks off, a familiar annual scene is playing out at locations throughout the Southland: the season of free, nearly free, and gloriously cheap outdoor summer movie series has started rolling. At museumsparks, beaches, and malls, indoors and outdoors, in the early morning and by the light of the moon, families can catch both recent blockbusters and timeless classics for free or close to it. (While free is awesome, we think a dollar is still pretty good!)

Below you can find our comprehensive guide to free (and darn close to it) summer movie screenings and festivals. Click on the event names for more details, including movie titles. And keep checking back, because we'll continue to post more listings as they are announced, throughout the 2017 summer movie season.

Cities/ Parks / Beaches

Movie on the Lawn (Orange County Great Park, Irvine)
May 26- July 1, 2017  most Fridays and Saturdays at sunset
Classic & Family films

Drive-In Movie (Deerhill Park, Oak Park)
June 3, 2017 at sundown
$5 per car, outdoors
Oak Park offers an old-fashioned family drive-in screening of Home.

Movies in the Park (La Habra)
June 9 - October 13, 2017 at dusk
Free, outdoors
Family films

Movies in the Park (Rancho Simi Community Park)
June 10 - August 12, 2017
Family films

CSUN Summer Movie Fest Oviatt Library lawn (Cal State University Northridge)
June 15 - August 31, 2017 Thursdays at sundown
Free, outdoors
Mostly family-friendly

Moonlight Movies on the Beach - Granada Beach (Long Beach)
June 15 – August 22, 2017,  select evenings at dusk
Free, outdoors 
This year's films are mostly family-friendly.

Family Movie Fridays   (Memorial Park, Sierra Madre)
June 16 - August 18, 2017  select Fridays
Free, outdoors
PG-rated family-friendly films

Cinemalibu  (Malibu Bluffs Park)
June 17 - August 12, 2017 
Free, outdoors
​All films are family-friendly.

Silver Lake Picture Show (Sunset Triangle Plaza)
June 22 - September 14, 2017 every other Thursday at 7pm
Free, outdoors
Mix of films rated G to R

Playa Vista Movies in the Park
June 23 - August 28, 2017  Select Fridays at 8pm
Free, outdoors
PG & PG-13-rated films

Dive-In Movies (Rancho Simi Community Park Pool)
June 24 - August 5, 2017
$3, by the outdoor pool
All films are family-friendly.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach - Alamitos Beach (Long Beach)
June 29 – August 17, 2017,  select Thursdays at dusk
Free, outdoors 
All films are family-friendly.

Marina del Rey Free Movie Nights Burton Chace Park, (Marina del Rey)
July 8 - August 19, 2017 select Saturdays at 8pm
Free, outdoors
​All films are family-friendly.

Moonlight Movies on the Beach - Cherry Beach (Long Beach)
July 13 – August 3, 2017,  select Thursdays at dusk
Free, outdoors 
One film is family-friendly; the other is Jaws...

Friday Night Flicks Pershing Square (Downtown)
July 14 - August 18, 2017, Fridays at sunset
Free, outdoors

Movies on the Green (Warner Center Park, Woodland Hills)
July 22 - August 19, 2017 Saturdays, films begin at dusk
Free, outdoors
PG & PG-13-rated films

Family Films at Arovista Park  (Arovista Park Amphitheatre, Brea)
June 16 - July 21, 2017 
Fridays at 8pm
Free, outdoors
PG- rated family-friendly films

Museums or Performing Arts Venues

Segerstrom Center's Movie Mondays   (Segerstrom Center for the Arts, OC)
July 10 - August 7, 2017  Mondays at dusk
Free, outdoors
Mix of films rated PG - PG-13

Classic Film Matinees   (LACMA)
Throughout the year, Tuesdays at 1pm
$4 ($2 for LACMA members)
Classic movies, some of which may be inappropriate for younger viewers.  (Summer films tend to be more kid-friendly).

Family Flicks (The Hammer Museum, Westwood)
Throughout the year, one Sunday a month at 11am
Free
The Hammer Museum shows a free family movie every month.
 

Malls/ Businesses

Street Style Cinema (The Grove)
June 8 - 29, 2017
Free, outdoors
This year's films are mostly PG-13, with one R-rated film in the mix.

Flix at FIG   (Figat7th, Downtown)
Throughout the year, 3rd Wednesday at sunset
Free
Mix of films, some of which may be inappropriate for younger viewers

Brentwood Country Mart Movie Night   (Brentwood Country Mart)
June 21 - August 30, 2017 
Wednesdays at 5:30pm
Free, outdoors
Family-friendly films

Cinema Under the Stars: Red Carpet Series (Westwood Village)
June 30 - August 25, 2017
7pm
Free, outdoors
Family-friendly films

Movies on the Green (The Americana at Brand, Glendale)
July 11 - August 1, 2017
$15, includes food, outdoors
PG & PG-13-rated films

Movie Chains

Summer Movie Clubhouse  (Cinemark Theatres: Participating Locations)
May 23 - August 22, 2017 Tuesdays-Thursdays mornings (days and start date varies by location)
$1
Kids' films rated G or PG

Krikorian Kids Series  (Krikorian Theatres - Participating Locations)
June 6 –  August 8, 2017  Tuesdays at 10am and 12:30pm
$1, (free at Buena Park)

Summer Movie Express (Regal Theatres: Participating Locations)
June 6 - August 16, 2017 Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10am 
(Program runs for 9 weeks, start and end dates vary by location)
$1
Mostly G and PG films

 

Know of any other free movie screenings?  Let us know!

Top photo of Playa Vista Movies in the Park courtesy of Playa Vista

Originally published June 23, 2015