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Outdoor Movies [plus tips + tricks]

I don’t know what it is about the thrill of watching a flick in the great outdoors — something about it is so strange, but so fun at the same time.


Summer seems to be the perfect opportunity to watch a movie in a park, and although we’ve told you about big-time companies like Eat See Hear or Street Food Cinema that put on these events, there are quite a few local productions, as well.  Catch them before summer is over!

[hint: movies typically start after dark (duh) but plan on showing up a little early to score a good seat and set up your blankets]

Thousand Oaks


  • August 8: Toy Story [The Lakes]
  • August 22: The Never Ending Story [The Lakes]


  • August 7: Monsters University [Pitts Ranch Park]
  • August 12: E.T. [Community Center Park]
  • August 19: Aladdin [Community Center Park


  • Malibu Family Wines [note: 21 and over only, no outside alcohol but please buy a bottle of wine there]
    • August 6: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
    • August 13: Little Shop of Horrors
    • August 20: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
    • August 27: Psycho
    • September 3: Blazing Saddles
    • September 10: Dirty Dancing
    • September 17: The Breakfast Club
    • September 24: Casablanca
  • CineMalibu [Bluffs Park]
    • August 29: Toy Story

Newbury Park

  • August 6: Earth to Echo [Newbury Park Branch Library]
  • August 13: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day [NP Library]
  • August 20: Into the Woods [NP Library]

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Are you a first-timer to this whole outdoor movie business?  Here are some of our favorite take-along items and must-haves:

  • Blanket to sit on (preferably one with waterproof material on one side — condensation is for real, people!)
  • Blanket to put over your legs
  • Your favorite hooded sweatshirt
  • Low camping chairs (check the venue to see if these are allowed — and, if not, bring a small pillow to help prop up your head or to make sitting on the ground easier)
  • Cups and wine (covertly concealed in a water bottle 😉 — but, if they sell wine at the venue, support your local business and just buy a bottle, already!
  • Snacks — our favorites include popcorn, veggies and hummus, and sushi from Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods


How do you do outdoor movies?  #underthestars #glassofwine #probablyfallingasleep20minutesin


P.S., hopefully we’ll see you tonight at Malibu Wines for their showing of Willy Wonka!  Stop by our blanket, say hi, and let’s sip wine together!

xx, Nicole {LL805}

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1 Comment

  1. Ashten
    3 years ago

    I love this! Can’t wait to soak in some good flicks (and drink all the wine) with you guys next summer! xoxo


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