10 Amazing Free Outdoor SF Movie Screenings in Summer Fall 2022

Until Halloween, your favorite San Francisco parks are hosting free outdoor film screenings, some featuring popular Hollywood blockbusters and others featuring up-and-coming Bay Area indie film talent.

With the summer season approaching, San Francisco’s cherished tradition of outdoor movie nights in parks (often under very foggy skies) is back for 2022! While most of these are the SF Parks Alliance-sponsored Sundown Cinema screenings showcasing pop culture blockbusters, others are quirky or more independent community film festivals showcasing the work of local Bay Area filmmakers. That’s why we’ve listed all the free, public, outdoor movie nights in Summer and Fall 2022 leading up to Halloween, because there are two big outdoor movie events coming up this weekend.

Nothing against drive-ins in the Bay Area, but these picnic park movie outings under the stars, surrounded by a mostly drunk crowd, have a special, one-of-a-kind magic. Below we have listed all the free outdoor park movies in chronological order with their dates and locations. But start times vary, so on these weekends you’ll just have to wait for the sun to set, and it’s recommended to get it about an hour before to set your quilt in a good spot.

And the outdoor screenings will begin rock this weekend.

Image: Buena Vista Pictures

Friday June 17: The stone in the Presidio

It’s time for Nicolas Cage baby! Filmed on location, this 1996 Michael Bay shoot-’em-up explosion fest is screened at the Presidio’s Civil War Parade Ground. (Note: This movie is rated R even though it’s still basically a kids movie.)

Civil War Parade Ground, Graham Street in the Presidio

Image: Frameline

Sunday June 19th: Frameline presents Attack, decay, let go

The 2022 Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Festival has an outdoor screening, this time at Hayes Valley’s PROXY. Local filmmaker HP Mendoza (Colma: The musical) has a new film playing simultaneously on three different screens, described as “a reimagining of The Ark narrative,” and a “hybrid sci-fi film and visual album that explores human migrations to the moon in the wake of a deadly pandemic.” records.” The screening is free, but registration is required.

PROXY, 432 Octavia Boulevard (on Hayes Street)

Image: Paramount Pictures

Friday, July 8th: Star Trek IV: The Journey Home

Shot in San Francisco, the 1986 film Save the Whales is one of the most critically acclaimed films of all time star trek Movie franchise and has scenes in North Beach, Chinatown, the Marina and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. The show is in Union Square.

Union Square, 333 Post Street (off Powell Street)

Thursday, July 21: Ricochet: The road to justice is not a straight line

The Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema presents a special one-night engagement of the film, produced by Jeff Adachi Ricochet: The road to justice is not a straight linea documentary about the Kate Steinle shooting and the 2015 trial of Jose Ines Garcia-Zarate. Followed by a Q&A with director Chihiro Wimbush and the case’s public defenders Matt Gonzalez and Francisco Ugarte.

Location not yet announced

Image: Warner Bros. Pictures

Friday, July 29: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II

The kids are all grown up in this eighth and final installment in the Harry Potter series, playing at Marina Green Park, which, in case you don’t know, is between Fort Mason and Crissy Field.

Marina Green, Yacht Road and Old Mason Street

Image: Walt Disney Studios

Friday, August 19: Sing along Encanto

It’s a special sing-along version of the Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature, who saddled the world with the one-time Billboard #1 hit “We Don’t Talk About Bruno.” Encanto gets the family-friendly sing-along treatment at India Basin Shoreline Park.

India Basin Shoreline Park, Hunters Point Boulevard off Hawes Street

Image: Paramount Pictures

Friday, September 9th: Hunter of the lost treasure

Alamo Square is getting its summer movie starring the original Indiana Jones Swashbuckler Hunter of the lost treasure. Definitive do “Look, Marion!”

Alamo Square, Hayes and Steiner Streets

Image: Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema via Facebook

Friday and Saturday, September 9th and 10th, and Friday, September 16th: Bernal Heights outdoor cinema

While we have not yet announced a film lineup, the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema website confirms that the two weekends of annual indie film screenings will return on September 9th, 10th and 16th, 2022. And if you’re a local filmmaker, the submission deadline is July 15th.

Locations not yet announced

Image: Walt Disney Studios

Friday, September 30th: Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Relive the most epic Muni Kung Fu fight in the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe filmed slightly locally Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings comes to Crane Cove Park from Potrero Point.

Crane Cove Park, 18th Street off Illinois Street

Image: Paramount Pictures

Friday October 21: Values ​​of the Addams Family with Halloween costume contest

We have our own Halloween costume contest Values ​​of the Addams Family Screening at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park at the Excelsior playing the Addams Family sequel, best known for its Addams Thanksgiving game scene on Wednesday.

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park, Mansell Street and John F. Shelly Drive

As far as we can tell, Hayes Valley’s PROXY has already wrapped up its 2022 season and we don’t see any scheduled screenings for 2022 for the Sunset’s Free Movies at McCoppin. But we will update this post if there are any new announcements with these schedules.

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Image above: San Francisco Parks Alliance

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