Nothing says summer lovin’ better than a starlight picnic in the park—add a movie to the mix and you’ve got a date night. Take a blanket to your favorite park or public space around the state and get ready for a suspenseful thriller, a 80s throwback, a childhood favorite or a summer blockbuster under a starry sky.

In Portland there are no shortage of rooftops and parks to get a Hollywood fix. Portland Parks and Recreation hosts a summer-long movie night at choice spots around the city. Catch classics like Pretty in Pink and The Princess Bride and the latest Oscar winners such as Avatar. Every Friday night at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown, enjoy free popcorn and pre-movie entertainment from Kink radio station before the show.

Pull out your poodle skirt and cat’s eye sunglasses for a night at the drive-in theater. Oregon is home to a handful of the last remaining vintage theaters in the country! There are two in the Willamette Valley, the Cameo Theater in Newberg and the Motor Vu Drive In in Dallas. See a Western in the West at the two theaters in Eastern Oregon, the La Grande Drive In and the M-F Drive In Theater. These theaters show the latest family friendly flicks, as well as cult classics.

Cork your favorite Kings Raven Winery vintage and watch a movie amongst the vines at this Oregon City winery. The vineyard hosts movies during the long summer months.

Every Thursday night at Millennium Park Plaza in Lake Oswego is family night. From July 22- August 26 bring the brood and see will be movies playing on the big screen!

In Bend, Munch and Movies combines music and entertainment. Every Friday night from August 13-September 3rd catch a live local band at 6 p.m. and then a movie at dusk. No need to pack a picnic here, there will be food, dessert and kettle corn available from the various restaurant kiosks on site!

The Southern Oregon city of Medford plays outdoor movies at Bear Creek Amphitheater. Down the highway at the Britt Festival grounds in Jacksonville catch movies inspired by great music including Grateful Dawg, a story about the Grateful Dead and Across the Universe with a soundtrack that is 100% Beatles.

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  1. Janel Bennett says…

    You are missing a great one! Movies By Moonlight has been an event in Albany, Oregon for the last seven years. It’s is a great, free activity for families every Friday night from July 9 through August 20

    Written on July 8th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  2. Jennifer says…

    Eugene and Springfield also host movies in many of the parks in town.

    Written on July 9th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  3. Cheryl says…

    Sandy, Oregon also has Movies at Meining Park. I believe they start in August.

    Written on July 9th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  4. Kathie says…

    Salem has 3 films left for their Movies in the Park:

    Four films to be shown on the huge 24 foot outdoor screen! Great Family fun. Bring blankets, low back chairs and snacks. No alcohol or pets. Showing dates/movies: July 10/Back to the Future, July 24/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Aug. 21/Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, Aug. 28/The Tale of Despereaux. FREE! Gates open at 7:30 p.m., shows start at dusk.
    Salem’s Riverfront Park Amphitheater
    116 Marion St. NE
    Salem, OR 97301

    Written on July 19th, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  5. Stu Watson says…

    From July 17 through Aug. 31, you can watch fairly recent — and some classic — films on Saturday night in Hood River’s Jackson Park. It’s free, sponsored by Community Education. Get the full schedule at

    Written on July 21st, 2010 / Flag this Comment
  6. Jason says…

    I love going to the Lake Oswego Millennium Park Plaza, kind of like a family tradition.

    Written on September 3rd, 2010 / Flag this Comment
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