Free Summertime Movies in Los Angeles

Posted on July 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm by Lisa Newton

Going to the movies is always in “vogue” but seeing them for free is tres chic.

Since we’ve wrote about all of the free summer concerts in Los Angeles; we thought you’d also want to know about all the free movies as well.

Your wish is our command–of course we know all of this because Travelin’ Local’s readership are an exceptionally discriminating bunch, especially when it comes to free things.

Well you’ve come to the right place. After a long and exhaustive search, I’ve found several local outlets for your free summertime viewing.

Councilman Herb Wesson and CD10’s Community Partners host “Movies in the Park,” a four film series, (two of which were held in June) on Sunday nights in July with festivities beginning at 6:00pm, at various parks in and around Los Angeles:


July 24, 2009

Shark Tale

Jim Gilliam Recreation Center

4000 S. La Brea


July 31, 2009

Madagascar 2

Reynier Park

2803 Reynier Ave.


I love the idea of sitting under the stars and watching a movie because what’s a better way to spend an evening with friends and family than with free popcorn and hot dogs.

Want more?

Here are some more locations for free movies held throughout the summer. If you’d like to know if you need to bring a blanket, just click the links.

List of Free Summer Movies and Locations

3rd Annual Summer Cinema Series

Where: WET pool at West Los Angeles – Westwood, 930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles

When: July – September, Sunday nights

Time: Doors open at 7:00pm with the movie starting at sunset

Here’s the list of movies and dates they’ll be shown:

  • July 26th – Kite Runner
  • August 2nd – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • August 9th – Bad News Bears
  • August 16th – A Might Heart
  • August 23rd – Black Sheep
  • August 30th – Last Kiss
  • September 6th – Failure to Launch
  • September 13th – Mean Girls
  • September 20th – The Duchess
  • September 27th – Major League

Movies on the Terrace

Old and new classics are the theme for the Movies on the Terrace list.

Where: Dining Terrace at Westfield Century City

When: June – August, Wednesday nights

Time: 8:00pm

Here’s the list of movies and dates they’ll be shown:

  • July 22th – Ghostbusters
  • July 29 – Top Gun
  • August 5 – My Fair Lady
  • August 12 – West Side Story
  • August 19 – Grease
  • August 26 – Girls Night Out*

*A double feature screening of Legally Blonde 1&2, Beauty Bar mini-spa treatments, pink cocktails and fun shopping treats starting at 6pm.

Old Pasadena Film Festival

Although the first two weeks of Pasadena’s Film Festival have passed; it’s better late than never so I’ll definitely be heading over to Old Town, to watch West Side Story. For your viewing pleasure, chairs are provided at all screenings.

Where: see below

When: Friday and Saturday Evenings

Time: Varies

Here’s the list of movies and dates they’ll be shown:

Long Beach Sea Festival – Moonlight Movie Series

This free, funky, and fun Film Festival returns for its 6th season at the Belmont Shore Beach. This year’s films will be a collection of classics for the whole family.

Where: Granada Beach & Marina Green, 500 E. Shoreline Dr., Long Beach, CA 90802

When: Tuesdays, Granada Beach – Wednesdays, Marina Green

Time: At dusk around 8:00 p.m.

Here’s the list of movies and dates they’ll be shown:

  • July 21 – Jurassic Park
  • July 22 – Singing in the Rain
  • July 28 – Jaws
  • July 29 – West Side Story
  • August 4 – Coal Miners Daughter
  • August 5 – Field of Dreams
  • August 11 – The Great Outdoors
  • August 12 – Black Board Jungle
  • August 18 – Apollo 13
  • August 19 – Jaws

Free Movies in the Park at the Grove

At the Grove, enjoy you all-time favorite Movies Under the Stars. Bring a blanket (no chairs, please) and have a magical evening at The Grove. The park events open for general grass and bleacher seating at 7pm. Picnics in The Park are allowed

Where: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles

When: Thursdays, July – August

Time: 7:00pm

Here’s the list of movies and dates they’ll be shown:

  • July 23 – Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • July 30 – Twilight
  • August 6 – Kung Fu Panda
  • August 13 – Shrek
  • August 20 – Wall-E
  • August 27 – Cars

City Walk Summer Block Party

Enjoy blockbuster movies played under the stars on CityWalk’s outdoor screen.

Where:  Universal City Plaza, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA

When: Thursday, July – August

Time:  7:30pm

  • July 23 – Hotel for Dogs
  • July 30 – The Goonies
  • August 6 – Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Meet and greet with costumed character, Alex the Lion, prior to movie
  • August 13 – Grease, Featuring costumed dancers
  • August 20 – Hannah Montana: The Movie
  • August 27 – High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Featuring costumed dancers

If there are other Free Film events that you know about, feel free to contact us and we’ll add it to this list.

So grab a friend, enjoy an evening watching a movie under the starts at your favorite locations, and don’t forget to tell everyone that you found out about it on Travelin’ Local.

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