Parks and Rec

Summer Movies in the Park are back!

Summer Movies in the Park, the County program that shows great movies outdoors for free, kicks off its 2012 season with an adventure for the whole family — a special showing of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” at Heritage County Park in Old Town June 1.

The County Department of Parks and Recreation, working with the cities of San Diego, El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside and Poway, and the USS Midway Museum, put together the largest free movie event in the county with the Summer Movies in the Park program.

This year’s program runs from June through September and includes more than 50 family-friendly flicks; including the Dr. Suess fable “The Lorax,” “The Muppets,” “Happy Feet Two;” and classics including “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

“It’s always more fun to watch a movie outdoors with family and friends,” said County Board of Supervisors Chairman Ron Roberts. “These free screenings provide a great way to enjoy the summer months and save a little money in the process.”

All movies are free, open to the public, and held in parks across the county. Movies begin at dusk and are shown in high-quality digital format on a 32-foot inflatable widescreen that was specially designed for large audiences. Simply bring a blanket, your favorite snacks, and chairs to enjoy the festivities! Family and friends can enjoy a movie in an outdoor theater offering pre-movie activities for children and food available for purchase at various locations.

Summer Movies in the Park is made possible through the support of our sponsors: San Diego Gas and Electric, the First 5 San Diego, and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency along with many local businesses and organizations.

So check out the Movies in the Park schedule to find upcoming events — and come watch Indiana Jones kick off this season in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” Friday at Heritage County Park!

Gig Conaughton is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact