Whether you’re looking for outdoor movies to enjoy those warm summer evenings, or indoor movies for those hot summer mornings when you really just need some A/C, or a drive-in movie, here are some options in the Seattle area for summer 2016.
Kids’ Summer Movie Clubs
As you may remember from your own childhood, these are probably the cheapest, easiest way to entertain your kids for two hours on a summer morning…
- Lincoln Square Bellevue, Wednesday mornings 10 am. $1. Schedule here: http://www.cinemark.com/images/smc2016/2016%20SMC%20-%201118.pdf
- Regal Summer Movie Express, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10 am. $1. Bella Bottega, Redmond, Thornton Place, Seattle, Issaquah Highlands, The Landing in Renton. Schedule of movies here: www.regmovies.com/Movies/Summer-Movie-Express
Note: all outdoor movies start around “dusk”. This being the Pacific Northwest, that usually means around 9 – 9:30 pm in July and 8:30 – 9 in August, so outdoor movies aren’t compatible with early bedtimes. Get some handy tips / etiquette advice for outdoor movies here and here.
Movies at Marymoor in Redmond. Wednesdays, 7/26 – 8/4. Mostly kid-friendly, but use discretion for Jurassic World and Star Wars Force Awakens. $5 per person, $5 to park. Live entertainment, trivia, food trucks, vendors. www.epiceap.com/movies-at-marymoor/
- PEMCO outdoor movies at Magnuson Thursdays 7/7 – 8/25. Live entertainment, trivia, food trucks, vendors. $5. Mostly kid-friendly movies. http://www.epiceap.com/seattle-outdoor-movies/
- Moonlight Cinema at Redhook Brewery, Woodinville. Thursdays, 7/7 – 8/25. $5. Mostly grown-up flicks, a couple kid-friendly. http://redhook.com/calendar/?eventID=7195
- Crossroads Movies in the Park, Bellevue. Thursdays, 8/4 – 8/25. Free. Kid-friendly. http://bellevuewa.gov/outdoor-movies.htm. Note: there will NOT be movies in Bellevue’s Downtown Park in summer 2016 due to construction.
- Ivar’s Family Films, Coulon Park, Renton. Fridays, July 22 – 8/12. $5? Mostly kid-friendly. http://rentonwa.gov/uploadedFiles/Living/CS/REC/filmsandmusic.pdf
- Movies in the Park. Seattle. 7/15 – 8/5 Westlake Park. 8/12 – 9/2 (skipping 8/19) Occidental Park. www.seattle.gov/parks/downtown/#movies
- Carillon Point, Kirkland. Saturdays. July 9, 23, Aug 6. 20. Some kids, some grown-up movies. http://www.carillon-point.com/all-events/
- West Seattle Outdoor Movies. Saturdays. 7/16 – 8/20. Free. Some kid-friendly, some grown-up. http://westseattlemovies.blogspot.com/
- Movies at the Mural at Seattle Center. Saturdays. 7/30 – 8/27. Teen / grown-up movies mostly (except Princess Bride) www.seattlecenter.com/moviesatthemural/
- Fremont Outdoor Cinema will become Seattle Outdoor Cinema at the SLU Discovery Center. Saturdays. Grown-up only movies. www.fremontoutdoormovies.com/
More options: Lemay’s Car Museum; Auburn’s Summer Sounds; Shilshole Bay Marina; Three Dollar Bill, Cal Anderson Park, Capital Hill. And Skyway. And Bellingham. More details about all of these at: www.seattlemet.com/articles/2016/5/26/seattle-summer-outdoor-movie-guide-2016
Movies start at dusk… see note above. There aren’t many drive-ins left… and when you search for them online, you’re likely to find out of date listings. For example, http://www.driveintheater.com/drivlist.htm lists Samish in Bellingham, which was demolished in 2004, and http://www.driveinmovie.com/WA.htm lists Valley in Auburn which has been closed for several years and Puget Park in Everett, which closed in 2010. Here’s what’s still open within a two hour drive from Seattle:
- Rodeo Drive-in. Port Orchard / Bremerton. www.rodeodrivein.com/
- Blue Fox Drive-in – Oak Harbor. www.facebook.com/bluefoxdrivein
- Wheel-In Motor Movie. Port Townsend. www.ptwheelinmotormovie.com/
- Skyline Drive-in. Shelton. www.skylinedrive-in.com/
The only other one in the state is Auto-vue Drive-in – Colville, WA. 6 hours from Seattle. www.facebook.com/Auto-Vue-Drive-In-Theatre-120740527937813/
Summer Movie Guide
If you’re looking for a list of first-run movies for the summer, and advice on whether they’re kid appropriate, check out the Summer Movie Guide from Common Sense Media.
Other Activities: If you’re looking for other fun ideas for the summer, check out my series on “Cheap Dates with Toddlers and Young Kids”, or read about hands-on STEM enrichment activities for kids age 3 – 7 at www.InventorsOfTomorrow.com. If you have kids age birth to 7, check out info about fabulous classes for them that include parent education for you, available at all local community colleges during the school year – register now before they fill up!!