The 5 Movies to See This Summer in San Francisco
Outdoor (and indoor) flicks for your calendar
What’s one thing San Franciscans love about summer? (Hint: It’s not the weather.) We love a good movie series under the stars. Many of the city’s parks are undergoing construction, so the usual suspects--Dolores Park and Union Square--are on hiatus. But we’ve sussed out a few outdoor (and indoor) alternatives, including free Top of the Mark screenings with a complimentary wine tasting. So skip the blockbusters (sorry, Jurassic World) and mark your calendar for these film nights instead.
Tuesday, June 16: “The Theory of Everything”
British films are the focus of this year?s Top of the Mark summer movie series (Tuesdays through August 25). Come at 5:30 p.m. to sip complimentary Domaine Chandon rosé on the top floor of this legendary hotel as you reserve your seat for the 7 p.m. screening of the endearing Oscar-winning flick. And because? Redmayne.
Top of the Mark, 999 California St.; intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com
Friday, June 19: “Inside Out”
Emeryville-based Pixar is set to have another hit with this inventive tale from director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc. and Up). This animated flick, which is about to hit theaters, will take you inside the mind of a girl whose family has just moved to San Francisco.
Various theaters; pixar.com
Friday, June 26: “The NeverEnding Story”
Grab the kids, pack a picnic and relive your youth with this childhood classic about a boy who lives out the story he reads in a magical library book. The film starts in the park at dusk.
Contratti Park Baseball Field, 142 Bolinas Rd., Fairfax; familyworks.org
Friday, July 24: “Pitch Perfect”
All right, so you’ve just seen Pitch Perfect 2, but that’s no reason to forgo the original and miss the chance to belt out all of your a cappella favorites with Becca and Fat Amy. The movie, beamed onto the big screen outdoors, will start at sundown.
San Anselmo Creek Park, Sir Francis Drake and Center blvds.; familyworks.org
Thursday, August 27: “The Grand Budapest Hotel”
Jack London Square?s Waterfront Flicks (through August 27) have livened up this bayside neighborhood every summer for the past six years. Thursday-night movies start around 9 p.m., and we recommend parking your picnic blanket on the great lawn for the finale: Wes Anderson?s quirky tale of one boy?s relationship to an historic hotel.
Jack London Ferry Lawn, Clay and Water sts., Oakland; jacklondonsquare.com