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 Brio Park

Cal State University Northridge

Various OC Parks, such as Craig Park

Various Parks, including Barnes Park

Various Parks in Torrance, including McMaster Park

The Grove
upcoming events
(Thu Mar 4, 2021 - Thu May 27, 2021) Kids Club Concerts at the Grove

Old Pasadena - Multiple Locations, including One Colorado

Rotating Locations: Santa Monica High School

Rotating Locations, including Griffith Park

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
Whale of a Day
Point Vicente Interpretive Center - 10:00 AM Pick
Concerts in Your Car: Ziggy Marley
Ventura County Fairgrounds - 5:00 PM Pick
Open: Butterfly Pavilion and Nature Gardens
Natural History Museum - various times Pick
Farm Visits at Gilchrist Farm
Gilchrist Farm - 9:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides