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Outdoor movies in Seattle – plenty of options for free and cheap entertainment

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While the days of drive-in movie theaters may be mostly bygone,* we still enjoy the experience of outdoor flicks. There’s nothing like sitting out on a balmy summer night with the stars twinkling overhead and King Kong raging on a large screen. Luckily, you can do just that in neighborhoods all over Seattle and beyond.

Over in the Center of the Universe you can watch a movie on Saturday nights with the Fremont Outdoor Cinema in the lot on the corner of Phinney Avenue North and North 35th Street. A suggested donation of $5 gets you a spot when the lot opens at 7:30 pm. Click here for the nitty gritty, like allowed seating, what Twisted Flicks are and what to do if it rains.

Fremont Outdoor Movies Schedule

7/11 Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
7/18 Army of Darkness (Twisted Flick)
7/25 Die Hard (Twisted Flick)
8/1 Legally Blonde
8/8 The Godfather
8/15 Some Like it Hot (Twisted Flick)
8/22 E.T.
8/29 Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
9/12 Animal House (Twisted Flick)

Movies at the Mural offers FREE movies on a very large screen at the Mural Amphitheatre at the Seattle Center during the month of August. Click here for all the details.

Movies at the Mural Schedule

8/1 The Princess Bride
8/15 Grease
8/22 Iron Man
8/28 Kung Fu Panda
8/29 Mamma Mia!

moviesonthewallWest Seattle is hosting Movies on the Wall on Saturdays at 4400 California Ave SW between Hotwire Coffee and Dr. Wolff. Check out the West Seattle Blog for details, links and more. The movies are free.

Movies on the Wall Schedule

7/18 The Princess Bride
7/25 King Kong (1933)
8/1 Footloose
8/8 Close Encounters of the Third Kind
8/15 Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
8/22 Cars

For one special night only, the neighborhood of Wedgwood offers its 7th annual Wedgwood Outdoor Cinema held “at Thornton Creek School, between NE 80th and NE 77th St at 42nd Ave NE.” This year, the movie is Duma and non-perishable food gets you in. There’s lots of space on the school grounds and this is a large neighborhood event with food and games starting at 7:30 pm. Click here for the details.

And because the world doesn’t begin and end with Seattle, you should know there are outdoor movies all over Puget Sound. The Seattle Times writes, ‘Bellevue’s new Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park series kicks off,’ with details about the schedule and more.

“Instead of an admission fee, series sponsor Intelius Inc. is asking all moviegoers to bring one item of clothing, food or school supplies to each film. Items will be donated to nonprofits working to help the approximately 56,000 children living below the poverty line in King County.”

Movies at Marymoor in 2009 include Coraline and The Goonies. The suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family. That’s a bargain for some Wednesday night fun in Marymoor Park.

Finally, Movies on the Pedestal at Rainier Square in downtown Seattle has been popular in the last couple of years, but they have not updated their website and no press releases have been issued, so it’s not likely at this point it will be continued this year. If it is, we’ll post that information as soon as it’s available.

*There is still The Valley Drive-In in Auburn and it’s worth a drive out there to see a movie because it’s not too hard to imagine yourself in an old Buick with girls walking by in poodle skirts. There are only a handful of drive-ins left – go show your support.