Summertime means movies on outdoor screens. And as any Seattleite knows, summer begins in July in the Puget Sound region. Hence, so do most outdoor movies.
In the list below, you can find outdoor summer movies around Puget Sound by region (Seattle and then north, east, west, and south of the city) and then by day-of-the-week, along with their first and last screening dates, venue opening time–typically between 6-8pm, and admission costs (if any).
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Weather (e.g. rain or high wind) cancels unless otherwise noted (e.g. they are under a tent).
A few venues are 21+ only and they mean it (per Washington State liquor laws). So, this means you cannot bring your infant in your arms or a toddler. Nope, we’re not kidding. 21+ only means just that. It’s the law, don’t give them a hard time about it.
Most movies are free, except where noted.
Movies always begin at dusk, which varies by location, but generally means 9:00-9:30 in July and 8:00-8:30 in August. Plan to arrive soon after the venue opens (as early as 6:00 or 7:00 PM) to get your choice of seating area.
For additional details, visit their website to find out if there is entertainment (music, activities), restrictions (outside food, pets, alcohol), suggestions on what to bring (blankets, chairs), ticket purchase information (for those charging a fee), any other costs (parking, concessions), how to get weather updates, and of course the movie titles showing on any given date. Most venues and movies are family- and kid-friendly, but not all, so check the details before you make plans.
Drive-in Theaters in the Puget Sound region
Most drive-in movie theaters are open spring through fall; a couple remain open throughout the year. Drive-ins need concession sales to stay in business. So please, no outside food or drink.
(Listed alphabetically by city.)
Bremerton Rodeo Drive-In. Open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mid-March through the end of September…or so. Open 7 days a week from mid-May until Labor Day Weekend. Closed on July 4. Snack bar is open and online ordering in advance is available. General admission: $10 per person. Great value for a double feature. More info: http://www.rodeodrivein.com/.
Oak Harbor (Whidbey Island) Blue Fox Drive-In. Check their website to see what’s showing. Open 7 days a week. Snack bar is open and online ordering in advance is available. General admission: $6.50 Cash/$7.00 Card per person. More info: https://www.bluefoxdrivein.com/.
Port Townsend Wheel-In (62 mi NW of Seattle via ferry, 85 mi N of Tacoma. Opens in April. Wednesday-Sunday. Snack bar is open and protocols provided upon arrival. Phase 2 admission: $15/carload; reservations required and available online. More info: http://www.ptwheelinmotormovie.com/.
Shelton Skyline Theater (76 mi SW of Seattle, 46 mi SW of Tacoma). Opens in March. Rain or shine. Open at 7pm, show at dusk. Most of the revenue for the Skyline comes from our concessions–please, no outside food or drink. It gets cold once the sun goes down, even in the summer time, so bring your own or buy Skyline blankets and sweatshirts in the snack bar. Phase 2 admission: $5.00 online reservation PER VEHICLE, not per person; reserve your spot online. Card transactions have $0.50 transaction fee. More info: http://skylinedrive-in.com/.
Pop-Up Summer 2020 Drive-In Movies
Drive-Ins are popping up in all the right places in summer 2020. Listed alphabetically by city or location.
Bellevue Drive-In Movie Theater at Vasa Park. July-August. Fridays-Saturdays all ages and Tuesday is Disney night. Concessions available. No outside food or drink. Price per vehicle: $25. Advance reservation online. More info: https://www.vasaparkresorteventcenter.com/
- Tuesdays – Kids Night
- Fridays – Action Films
- Saturdays – Rom Coms
Everett, Fridays at the Marina. Fridays July 17 – August 21, 2020. Drive-in Viewing ONLY in 2020, no walk-in or sail-in. More info: http://www.portofeverett.com/recreation/sail-in-cinema.
Kent accesso ShoWare Center Drive-In Outdoor Cinema. Open Wed-Sun, July 8 – 26, 2020 with two shows each day. The movie screen is 42′ x 23′ LED and can be seen in any light setting. Price per vehicle: $30 General Admission Parking, $40 for Premium General Admission, $20 for Motorcycles. No RV’s. All parking is first-come, first-served. The amount of people allowed in each vehicle is limited to the number of seat belt’s in the vehicle. More info: https://www.accessoshowarecenter.com/events/2020/accesso-showare-center-outdoor-cinema
- July 8-12 films: The Land Before Time & Jurassic Park
- July 15-16, 18-19 films: The Goonies & Raiders of the Lost Ark
- July 22-26 films:2 – 26: Trolls, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Miracle, Slap Shot
Marysville, Saturdays in Marysville at Jennings Park. July 18 – August 15, 2020. More info: http://www.marysvillewa.gov/698/Summer-Movies-in-the-Park.
Puyallup Drive-In Movie Night at Washington State Fairgrounds. August 22, 2020. Lot opens at 7:30pm. Blue Parking Lot, Meridian St S & 10th Ave SE. Tickets: FREE. The event is a first come, first serve until capacity is reached. More info: https://www.thefair.com/activities/drive-in-movie-at-the-fair/
Shoreline Pop-Up Drive-In Series. Saturday, July 11, Night of the Living Dead (NR) at Shorewood High School. Arrive 8-9pm, film begins at 9:15pm. Tickets on sale now! $25/car: https://bit.ly/2Z2AjTW
Fridays in south Seattle Skyway neighborhood on Renton Avenue South. August 7-28, 2020. FREE admission. This is a walk-in setting outdoors (bring a chair or blanket) and depends on COVID restrictions. More info: http://mywesthill.org/skyway-outdoor-cinema
Tacoma at America’s Car Museum/Haub Family Field. July 17 & 25 and Aug 7 & 22, 2020. Watch from your car, or bring a blanket or chair. More info: https://www.americascarmuseum.org/events/
Walmart Drive-Ins (locations TBA). Starting in early August, Walmart is popping up safe, socially distanced drive-in events at Walmart Supercenters across America. Update July 2, 2020: specific locations were not yet announced. We’ll update this section when we hear about sites in Washington State. More info: https://walmartdrive-in.com/
Summer Outdoor Movies outside of Seattle
(Listed alphabetically by city.)
Auburn, Fridays in a different park each week. CANCELLED for 2020. More info: https://www.auburnwa.gov/city_hall/parks_arts_recreation/special_events
Arlington, Select Friday and Saturdays at Airport Fly-in. CANCELLED for 2020. More info: http://www.arlingtonflyin.org/schedule/
Bellevue, Tuesdays at Downtown Park. 2020 TBA. More info: http://bellevue.com/outdoor-movies.php.
Bellevue, Thursdays at Crossroads Park. 2020 TBA. More info: http://bellevue.com/outdoor-movies.php.
Edmonds, Select Fridays at Frances Andersen Center Field. 2020 TBA. More info: http://edmonds.enterprise.localist.com/event/edmonds_outdoor_movie_nites_6968#.WywcOvZFxhF.
Everett, Fridays at Thornton A. Sullivan Park. CANCELLED for 2020. More info: https://everettwa.gov/805/Cinema-Under-the-Stars.
Kirkland, Saturdays at Carillon Point. 2020 TBA. Admission: $5 donation. More info: http://bellevue.com/outdoor-movies.php.
Lakewood, Saturday in Fort Steilacoom Park. CANCELLED for 2020. Part of Summerfest all day festival. More info: https://cityoflakewood.us/Summerfest/
Redmond, Wednesdays at Marymoor Park. 2020 TBA. Admission $5 per person + $5 per car for parking; age 5 and under is free. More info: http://www.epiceap.com/movies-at-marymoor/.
Sammamish, Fridays on the Plaza. CANCELLED for 2020. More info: https://www.sammamish.us/parks-recreation/special-events/
Seattle Summer Outdoor Movies
(Listed by day of week.)
Thursdays in central Seattle at Peddler Brewing Co. 2020 TBA. Rain or shine, in the beer garden under a large tent. Family-friendly place, all ages welcome. More info: https://www.peddlerbrewing.com/movies
Friday, August 31st. Kinky Boots begins at sunset, pre-show at 7pm. in central Seattle at Cal Anderson Park. 2020 TBA. More info: https://threedollarbillcinema.org/outdoorcinema
Fridays in downtown Seattle at Westlake Park. CANCELLED for 2020. More info: https://downtownseattle.org/events/
Fridays in downtown Seattle at Freeway Park (east Plaza). 2020 TBA. More info: http://freewayparkassociation.org/centercitycinema/
Saturdays in August in Chinatown International District at Hing Hay Park. 2020 TBA. More info: https://seattleaaff.org/2019/2019/05/18/saaff-c-id-summer-cinema-save-the-date/.
Saturdays in south Seattle in Columbia City neighborhood at Columbia Park. 2020 TBA. More info: http://www.rainierartscenter.org/summer-events/
Saturday in West Seattle at the Fauntleroy Triangle. 2020 TBA. More info: http://westseattlemovies.blogspot.com/
Saturdays at Seattle Center Mural. CANCELLED for 2020. Movies on the grounds of Seattle Center is an outdoor cinema experience like no other, with the state-of-the-art 40-foot screen and Seattle’s iconic Space Needle looming above. Sigh…. More info: http://www.seattlecenter.com/moviesatthemural/
Saturdays (21+ only) in central Seattle at South Lake Union Discovery Center. 2020 TBA. Suggested donation $5; benefits local charities. More info: https://www.facebook.com/pg/SeattleOutdoorCinema/events/
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Tacoma, WA 98421
Tacoma, WA 98421
ShoWare Center, 625 W James St, Kent, WA 98032
Port of Everett Marina, 1205 Craftsman Way, Everett, WA 98201
Jennings Memorial Park, 6915 Armar Rd, Marysville, WA 98270
Skyway 7-Eleven, 12702 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178
Vasa Park, 3560 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE, Bellevue 98008