Free movies return to local parks starting Saturday night
The county’s annual free Summer Movies in the Park series has returned with 115 opportunities to see new and decades-old family-friendly flicks under the stars — and in a few cases, virtually from home.
The first movie among local venues will be shown this Saturday in Poway Community Park. It is “The Croods: A New Age.”
This and all other movies will begin at dusk, about 15 minutes after sunset. Moviegoers will want to arrive early since many venues offer arts and crafts activities, games, live entertainment and refreshments for purchase an hour or so before the movies are projected on a gigantic inflated movie screen.
Attendees are advised to bring a blanket or lawn chairs for grass seating, picnics and jackets in case it gets chilly after dark. Some venues permit dogs on leashes. Check the series’ website at www.SummerMoviesInThePark.com for details on specific venues and the list of all free movies being shown countywide through Oct. 30.
This year’s local movie options are:
• “The Croods: A New Age” can be seen on Saturday, June 26 at Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Drive. The 2020 animated adventure is about a prehistoric family challenged by a rival family that claims to be more evolved. It includes the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds and Westview High alumna Kelly Marie Tran. It is rated PG for peril, action and rude humor.
• “Trolls World Tour” can be seen on Friday, July 9 at 4S Ranch Sports Park, 16118 4S Ranch Parkway. The 2020 animated adventure musical is about a tribe of Trolls that works with other tribes to save the world. It includes the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden and Kelly Clarkson. It is rated PG for some mild rude humor.
• “Frozen II” can be seen on Saturday, July 10 at Poway Community Park. The 2019 Disney animated musical film is the sequel to the popular 2013 “Frozen.” This movie has sisters Anna and Elsa, along with their friends Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, traveling from Arendelle to an enchanted land to learn the origin of Elsa’s powers in order to save Arendelle. It includes the voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff. It is rated PG for action/peril and some thematic elements.
• “The House with a Clock in its Walls” can be seen on Saturday, July 17 at Rancho Bernardo Community Park, 18448 W. Bernardo Drive. The 2018 comedic family mystery fantasy is about an orphan and his magical uncle looking for a clock that can bring an end to the world. It stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro and Kyle MacLachlan. It is rated PG for thematic elements, including sorcery, some action, scary images, rude humor and language.
• “Onward” can be seen on Saturday, July 24 at Poway Community Park. The 2020 Disney-Pixar animated adventure film is about two elf brothers trying to bring their father back for a day. It includes the voices of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. It is rated PG for action/peril and some mild thematic elements.
• “Raya and the Last Dragon” can be seen on Saturday, Aug. 7 at Poway Community Park; Saturday, Aug. 21 at Rancho Bernardo Community Park; and virtually on Friday, Aug. 27. This year’s Disney animated adventure features Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess. She is on a mission to find the last dragon in order to stop a sinister monster. It includes the voices of Westview High alumna Kelly Marie Tran in the title role, Awkwafina, Gemma Chan and Izaac Wang. It is rated PG for some violence, action and thematic elements.
• “Toy Story 4” can be seen on Friday, Aug. 13 at 4S Ranch Sports Park. The 2019 Disney-Pixar animated adventure has the well-known characters from the first three movies plus a new toy called Forky on a road trip that shows them how big the world can be for them. It includes the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Tony Hale. It is rated G.
• “The Jungle Book” can be seen on Saturday, Aug. 21 in Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Road. The 1967 version of the Disney animated adventure movie that tells the story of a boy who has grown up in the jungle, becomes friends with Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear, but also faces life-threatening situations. It features the voices of Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima and Bruce Reitherman. It is rated G.
• “Goosebumps” can be seen on Friday, Oct. 29 in Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Park, 10152 Rancho Carmel Drive. The 2015 family adventure comedy is about a teenager whose neighbor is the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. The teen unintentionally unleashes the books’ monsters and they terrorize the town. It stars Jack Black, Dylan Minnette and Odeya Rush. It is rated PG for scary and intense creature action and images plus some rude humor.
As for the movie series’ virtual offerings that people can watch from their homes, they include “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” tomorrow night (Friday), “FernGully: the Last Rainforest” on Friday, July 30; “Raya and the Last Dragon” on Friday, Aug. 27; “Soul” on Friday, Sept. 24; and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” on Friday, Oct. 29. For details on how to view virtually, go to www.SummerMoviesInThePark.com.