Where to watch a movie under the stars in Seattle

It’s mid-July, and that means the days are getting oh-so-slightly shorter. But pre-9 p.m. sunsets come with their own silver lining: Outdoor movies!

Outdoor movies in Seattle are generally free admission and first-come, first served. Blankets and low-backed lawn chairs are allowed. Showtime is typically at dusk.

Here are some of the best places to catch an al fresco flick this season:

🎬 Center City Cinema: The City of Seattle is hosting a family-friendly lineup of outdoor movies at four downtown-area parks through Aug. 30. Don’t miss the original “Willy Wonka” on Aug. 2 at Westlake Park or “Up” this Friday at Cascade Playground.

🎬 Movies at Marymoor: It can be a haul to get out to Redmond if you don’t already live or work on the Eastside, but if you need a midweek diversion, Marymoor is the place to go. The series runs Wednesdays through August.

🎬 Movies at the Mural: Head to Seattle Center on Saturday evenings from July 27 to Aug. 24 for a mix of new releases and classic favorites, including “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Dirty Dancing.”

🎬 Seattle Outdoor Cinema: The O.G. of Seattle’s outdoor movie scene is back for its 25th season and will be hosting screenings on Saturday evenings at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. This year’s lineup includes cult classics like “The Life Aquatic” and “The Matrix.” All movies are 21+.

Looking for other options? Seattle Met has the granddaddy of all outdoor movie lists on its website. See you under the stars!

By Caitlin Moran
Caitlin writes newsletters and stories for The Evergrey. She's worked as a journalist in and around Seattle since 2010 and is a proud resident of Capitol Hill's Summit Slope neighborhood.