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

Summer Outdoor Movie Series: Free (or Cheap) Family Nights Out

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,  by land or by sea, 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 2019 summer movie season.

Places featured in this article:


Various Locations in La Habra, including Portola Park
upcoming events
(Sat May 29, 2021 - Fri Oct 22, 2021) La Habra Movies in the Park 2021

Cal State University Northridge

Various OC Parks, such as Craig Park

The Grove
upcoming events
(Thu Mar 4, 2021 - Thu Sep 30, 2021) Kids Club Concerts at the Grove

Old Pasadena - Multiple Locations, including One Colorado

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 26, 2021 - Sat Oct 23, 2021) Cinespia Movies and More at Hollywood Forever

Rotating Locations: Santa Monica High School

Rotating Locations, including Los Angeles State Historic Park
upcoming events
(Sat Jun 19, 2021 - Sat Oct 30, 2021) Street Food Cinema 2021

Participating theatres, including Regal LA Live & 4DX

Cinemark Theatres: Participating Locations. (Different Days and Start/ End Dates for Each Theatre)

Participating Harkins Theatres including Cerritos 16
Brentwood Country Mart Movie Night
Brentwood Country Mart - 6:00 PM Pick
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM
Bite-Sized Fair
Pomona Fairplex - 3:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides