Old Pasadena Summer Cinema returns for another year as a month-long, FREE movie series featuring 17 screenings in unique urban settings. Running from July 5 – July 28, this annual summer film program celebrates motion picture in all forms, offering a variety of audience-pleasing movie titles and genres in diverse locales throughout the historic district of Old Pasadena. All screenings are free and open to the public.
Three outdoor screenings in historic Central Park include special free activities and the chance to picnic in the picturesque setting prior to each film – bring your own low chairs and blankets for seating. Films begin at 8:30pm with pre-activities starting at 6:30pm.
- SATURDAY JULY 7: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985) PG. Sponsored by Neon Retro Arcade. Before watching Pee-wee’s cross-country romp to find his beloved bicycle, enjoy Neon Retro Arcade and bicycle-themed giveaways, DJ sets from Glenn Red, family activities, and free treats from Paradis while supplies last. Get into the fun by wearing a costume inspired by Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and you’ll be in the running for a $100 cash prize courtesy of Neon Retro Arcade. Arrive by 8:00pm and check-in at Neon Retro Arcade’s booth to be considered.
- SATURDAY JULY 14: Mars Attacks! (1996) PG-13. Enjoy DJ sets from Glenn Red and free treats from Paradis while supplies last.
- SATURDAY JULY 28: The Muppet Movie (1979) G. Celebrate the art and fun of puppeteering! Enjoy a craft with the Armory Center for the Arts, roving puppeteers, photo ops, face-painting, DJ sets from Glenn Red, and free treats from Paradis while supplies last.
One Colorado is another open-air option, with films projected in the charming courtyard. Look for family favorites like Back to the Future, The Incredibles, and The Princess Bride; recent hits La La Land and Wonder Woman; and Oscar Award-winning noir classic Sunset Boulevard. Many One Colorado businesses get in on the fun, offering meal discounts, popcorn, pop-up bars, and more. See individual calendar listings for more details. Seating is provided at One Colorado, but be sure to arrive early to secure your spot.
Two Old Pasadena businesses will host films inside their spaces. Distant Lands Travel Bookstore screens four travel-related films inside their store, including Departures, about a young Japanese man who tries to find dignity and respect for his work as a mortician, and In Bruges, a dark comedy about the strange encounters of two hit men in Bruges, Brussels. CTRL Collective hosts its first set of screenings for the Summer Cinema series: There’s Something About Mary, the classic comedy starring Cameron Diaz and Ben Stiller, and A Quiet Place, this year’s unnerving horror movie starring Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.
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