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Best Outdoor Movie Experiences In Orange County

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This summer, take advantage of affordable movie screenings offered throughout Orange County. From films showcased by the beach, in the park, at the renowned Segerstrom Center for the Arts and at classic drive-in theaters, family and friends will see cinema in a new light.

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Newport Dunes' Movies On The Beach
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 729-3863

Not only will you be sitting under the stars while watching movies at the Newport Dunes, but you will be right next to the beach. With a huge screen projected outside in one of OC's prime locations, your movie watching experience is sure to please. Bring blankets, chairs, family and friends all summer long for this free event showcasing many movie favorites such as "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Shrek," "Despicable Me 2," "Wizard of Oz" and "Charlotte's Web." See the full movie line-up by Even though admission is free, there are parking fees, so make sure to have cash ready.


Van Buren Drive-In
3035 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 688-2360

Van Buren Drive-In brings back nostalgic memories for many. Since 1964, this location supported the classic drive-in ambiance yearned by families all over the country. Now offering three movie screens, you can find a movie suitable for an adult night out or an evening with the kiddos. Pack up your lawn chairs and blankets for a present-day drive-in experience at this affordable theater. For only $8 for adults and $1 for children ages five to nine, attendees are allowed to see two movies, so you can have an entertaining night out for a nominal fee. Admission is cash only.

Segerstrom Concert Hall

Free For All Movie Mondays
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 556-2787

As a leading proponent of the arts in Orange County, it's no surprise that Segerstrom Center hosts Free For All Movie Mondays. This season's movie line-up provides a little something for everyone. From "The Little Colonel" starring the beloved Shirley Temple, to 90s pop stars the Spice Girls in "Spice World" and a romantic film featuring the great Shirley MacLaine in "Sweet Charity," guests can see old favorites and discover new ones. Check out all five movies being showcased for free on the website. Be sure to have money for parking.

Related: Free Outdoor Movie Nights In OC

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Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre
10798 Ramona Ave.
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 628-0511

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre keeps the tradition of drive-in movies alive in So Cal. In addition to four movie screens to feast your eyes on, the venue hosts concerts and group events. For a low price of only $8 for adults and $1 for young children ages five to nine, movie goers can be admitted into two movies. Additionally, attendees can bring their own snacks. However, if you run out of soda or your favorite treat, you may want to use these coupons at the theater's concession stand. Don't forget to bring cash, as the theater only accepts cash payments.

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Movies In The Park - Placentia
Placentia Sports Complex
505 Jefferson St.
Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 993-8232

Enjoy a fun, free night out with the family at Placentia's Movies in the Park. During July and August, attendees can watch free screenings starting at dusk including "Monsters University", "Dolphin Tale", "Despicable Me", "Despicable Me 2", "Lego Movie", "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2", and "Frozen." In addition to a variety of flicks, guests can snack on dinner items offered by non-profits for a small price.

Related: Best Movie Theaters In Orange County

Stacy Brecht is a professional writer, dancer, marketer and model in the Los Angeles area. Brecht also enjoys traveling, wine, fitness training, volunteering, movies and trying new restaurants. Her work can be found at

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