Movies in the Park Starts Tonight

The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with the cities of San Diego, Coronado, National City, La Mesa, San Marcos, Poway and Oceanside to expand the “Movies in the Park” series.

“This is a great way to enjoy a free activity with your family while taking advantage of the many great parks in our area,” said Brian Albright, Director of County Parks and Recreation.

Twenty-nine movies are scheduled to be shown at local parks and pools, making it the largest free movie event in the County. The program kicks off June 4 with a showing of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” in Oceanside and continues through September 18. Other movies on the schedule include box office hits such as “Avatar,” “Up” and “The Blind Side” as well as classics such as “American Graffiti” and “The Sandlot.”  The movies will be shown in high-quality digital on a 28-foot inflatable widescreen specially designed for large audiences. 

Families can enjoy pre-movie activities including karaoke battles, games, music and contests.  Participants are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket and refreshments.

All movies are free, open to the public and begin at dusk.  Some locations do have a parking fee.  For a list of dates and locations, please visit, and click on “Movies in the Park.”