2023 Orange County Summer Movies Guide
Movies were big last year with drive-in movies. This year, they’re bigger and better because theaters are open AND cities are still hosting outdoor movies in Orange County! Twice as many movies to see this season.
Use this outdoor movies list to plan out your movie outings. We’ll update as we see more OC Summer movies listed so make sure you’re bookmarking this page for easy reference.
And if you’re looking for other free events in Orange County, check out our 2023 Orange County Summer Concerts Guide.
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SUMMER MOVIES IN ORANGE COUNTY
Summer movies at movie theaters around Orange County
$2 Regal Theaters
Every Tuesday and Wednesday this summer, Regal will offer two movies during the first show of the day. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which strives to enable youth to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens through voluntary after-school programs.
Movies in the Park in Aliso Viejo
FREE Grand Park – Aliso Viejo Community Association
Pre-Movie activities begin at 6:00pm Please visit www.avca.net or call the AVCA Office at 949-243-7750 for more information and guidelines for attending the event.
- June 9, 2023 – Puss in Boots
- June 23, 2023 – Superpets
- July 14, 2023 – A League of their Own
- July 28, 2023 – Field of Dreams
- August 11, 2023 – Turning Red
Movies in the Park in Anaheim
FREE OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Yorba Regional Park
- July 7, 2023 – Top Gun: Maverick
- July 14, 2023 – Clueless
Movies in the Park in Brea
FREE OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Carbon Canyon Regional Park
- June 23, 2023 – Minions: The Rise of GruEncanto
- June 30, 2023 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Movies in Costa Mesa
FREE Movie Mondays at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Guests are welcome to arrive at 5:30 pm, with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8 p.m.). Pre-show activities are available from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Guests may bring their own snacks, chairs, blankets, or picnics, but tables, BBQs or large food set-ups will not be permitted. Seating will be first-come-first-served. George’s Café will be open and additional food trucks will be on site for food purchases. No outside alcohol is permitted; however, alcohol will be available for purchase at George’s Café for those of age 21+. Closed captioning will be included at all showings!
- July 10, 2023 – The Lion King
- July 17, 2023 – Clue
- July 24, 2023 – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- July 31, 2023 – Peter Pan
- August 7, 2023 – Aladdin
Movies in the Park in Dana Point
FREE Movies in the Park at Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
- September 1, 2023 – Uncharted
- September 8, 2023 – Mamma Mia!
Movies in the Park in Fullerton
FREE OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Craig Park
- June 9, 2023 – Thor: Love and Thunder
- June 16, 2023 – A Bug’s Life
Movies in the Park in Irvine
FREE OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Mason Park
- August 4, 2023 – Cruella
- August 11, 2023 – Kung Fu Panda
Movies in the Park in La Habra
FREE Movies in the Park
Activities begin at 6:00 pm, and movies begin at dusk. For more information, please call 562-383-4200.
Titles and locations haven’t been selected yet. What movies would you like to see? Let us know at [email protected].
- April 28, 2023: Jurassic World Domination – Portola Park
- May 19, 2023: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish – El Centro Park
- June 16, 2023: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Oeste Park
- July 21, 2023: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – PortolaPark
- August 1, 2023: Lightyear – Portola Park (National Night Out)
- August 18, 2023: The Super Mario Brothers Movie – El Centro Park
- September 8, 2023: Minions: The Rise of Gru – Oeste Park
Movies in the Park in La Palma
FREE Friday Family Films at La Palma Central Park
Movies start at 8:00 p.m. in Central Park. Seating is available on the grass field. Please remember to bring blankets and chairs. Drinks and snacks will be available to purchase. Admission and parking are free!
Come enjoy Central Park Cinemas with family and friends for Friday Family Films in August!
Movies in the Park in Laguna Niguel
FREE OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Laguna Niguel Regional Park
- August 18, 2023 – Spider-man: No Way Home
- August 25, 2023 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Movies in the Park in Newport Beach
FREE Movie in the Park at Marina Park
Bring family, friends and neighbors out to Marina Park to enjoy some fresh air, free popcorn, free candy, free activities, and a live screening of “Lightyear”. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. around dusk. Remember to bring a chair, blanket, or towel for comfortable sitting during the movie.
- May 19, 2023 – Lightyear
- July 21, 2023 – Minions: The Rise of Grunge
- August 18, 2023 – Turning Red
- September 8, 2023 – The Bad Guys
Summer movies at movie theatres in Orange
$1.50 Summer Movie Clubhouse at Cinemark | $1 OFF deals on kids’ snack packs, large popcorns & large drinks during Summer Movie Clubhouse showtimes.
- June 21, 2023 – The Rise of Gru
- June 28, 2023 – Sonic the Hedgehog
- July 5, 2023 – Mummies
- July 12, 2023 – The Bad Guys
- July 19, 2023 – Paws of Fury
- July 26, 2023 – DC League of Super Pets
- August 2, 2023 – Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
- August 9, 2023 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Summer movies at the Park in Orange
FREE OC Parks Sunset Cinema at Irvine Regional Park
- July 21, 2023 – Lightyear
- July 28, 2023 – Nacho Libre
Summer movies at the Orange Public Library
FREE Family Film Festival | 2:00pm – 4:00pm in the Community Room
- July 6, 2023 – Lightyear
- July 13, 2023 – Minions: The Rise of Gru
- July 20, 2023 – Rumble
- July 27, 2023 – The Secret Life of Pets 2
Summer movies at movie theatres in Santa Ana
$1.00 Summer Movie Series at Picture Show | $4 for ticket plus movie meal (tray of popcorn, small drink, fun size candy) – 9:15 am showing
- June 12 and 14 – Shrek 2
- June 19 and 21 – Abominable
- June 26 and 28 – The Amazing Maurice
- July 3 and 5 – Kung Fu Panda
- July 10 and 12 – The Land Before Time
- July 17 and 19 – How to Train Your Dragon
- July 24 and 26 – Despicable Me
- July 31 and August 2 – Puss in Boots
- August 7 and 9 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Movies under the Stars
FREE Movies Under the Stars at Fairhaven Memorial
Fairhaven invites you to come and enjoy an evening with family and friends during Movie Nights Under the Stars at 8pm.
- July 15, 2023 – The Elvis Movie
FREE Movies in the Park
Lights, camera, action! Bring your friends and family to our annual Movies in the Park series every Friday beginning June 2. Popcorn will be available while supplies last and in partnership with the Power of One Foundation.
At each movie, guests can look forward to inflatables and themed activities. Food will be available for purchase from rotating food vendors.
Headsets will be available for alternate audio in Spanish. Recommended that guests arrive early to secure their spots and find parking. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics
- June 2, 2023 – The Lego Batman Movie @ Centennial Park
- June 9, 2023 – Puss in Boots: The Last Wish @ Roosevelt
- June 16, 2023 – The Sandlot @ Thornton Park
- June 23, 2023 – Zootopia @ Santa Ana Zoo
- June 30, 2023 – Beauty and the Beast (live action version) @ El Salvador Park
- July 7, 2023 – Night at the Museum @ Jerome Park
- July 14, 2023 – Coco @ Portola Park
Movies in the Park in Stanton
FREE Movies Under the Stars at Stanton Central Park
The Community Services Department invites you to come and enjoy an evening with family and friends during Movie Nights Under the Stars! Remember to bring blankets and chairs! Vendors will be onsite with snack and meal options, but feel free to bring your own family picnic!
- July 7, 2023
- July 4, 2023
- July 21, 2023
- July 28, 2023
Originally published on May 23, 2023. Last Updated on June 7, 2023 by Pattie Cordova