Every Outdoor Movie Playing in Portland This Summer

Portland Parks
Courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation
Courtesy of Portland Parks & Recreation

Local lore states that summer only lasts a little over two months in Portland. And rather than spend these 60 glorious sun-soaked days inside with your laptop, why not grab a blanket or a lawn chair and head outside for some classic cinema at your local food cart pod or city park? It’s often free, and there’s no usher to shush you or take away your party favors.

American Psycho
American Psycho | Lionsgate Films

Forrest Gump

We can’t wait for Forrest Gump 2, in which Forrest accidentally becomes president after accidentally watching our current Commander-In-Chief give away top secret nuclear codes to Russians while dining at the Times Square location of Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

The Seven Year Itch

Enjoy the original in all its glory, because the plot (a man’s family goes on vacation; he stays home and oogles his neighbor, Marilyn Monroe) is too good to not get remade with a buffoon like Eugene Levy as the lead.

American Psycho

Do Cartopia a favor: do NOT feed your cat to their ATM machine. It malfunctions enough as it is.

Purple Rain

Pix is fancy, but not too fancy to sell you a round of Purple Hooters to pour out in Prince’s memory. RIP, Purple One.

Fight Club

Find your favorite Marla Singer-type on Tinder and snuggle up for this classic romcom about soap, split personalities, and anarchists living in a house on the verge of condemnation. Hits pretty close to home, doesn’t it?

Robin Hood Men In Tights

Let’s face it: you’d vote for a guy like Mel Brooks’ Robin Hood in this 1993 classic if he ran for mayor.
Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds | The Weinstein Company

Kill Bill

We love cosplay as much as the next person, but you better leave your big-ass sword at home for this one, bud.

Kings of Pastry

Kinda like Jiro Dreams of Sushi, only French, and therefore containing a lot more indignant screaming and funny over the top pronunciations of the word “croissant”.


Who knew Wooderson would grow up to be a singing koala-turned-theater magnate?


Watch enough episodes of Check It Out! With Dr. Steve Brule and the idea of him playing a singing sheep makes more sense than not.

The Jungle Book (2016)

Orangutans want that fire, man.

Pulp Fiction

Congratulations! You’re now old enough to pretend you understand the plot of this movie AND drink a beer while doing so!

Bonnie and Clyde


A League of Their Own

While we respect her work on The View, this 1992 film about a women’s baseball team in rural Wisconsin is without a doubt peak Rosie O”Donnell.


Coming soon to an arthouse theater near no one: The BGG Live, featuring Romanian NBA star Gheorghe Mureșan.

El Libro de la Vida

Diego Luna voices Manolo, a young man stuck between following his heart and doing what his family says. Had this been made 20 years prior, it likely would’ve been essential viewing in the Gen X slacker canon. Now it’s a kid movie. Go figure.

Inglourious Basterds

Brad Pitt made punching Nazis look cool far before the internet did.

An American In Paris

Thinking of leaving the country for Paris? Watch this and think again, because if Gene Kelly can’t find a job there, then you sure as hell can’t either.

La La Land

Be sure to stash enough tequila in your Hydroflask to make all this singing and dancing tolerable!

Guardians of the Galaxy

We’ll miss Chris Pratt’s affable “Andy Dwyer” days, but his transition into Hollywood hunk for this one is acceptable considering how it’s offset by several pages of wonderfully dumb one-liners.

The Eagle Huntress

Don’t go hunting eagles at home, kids.

Django Unchained

Not to be confused with the French folk guitarist Django Reinhardt, whose reanimated corpse has sort of been having a moment as Devendra Banhart.

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

Would the existence of iPhones changed the course of this movie’s plot? I’m sure we’ll find out when Dreamworks funds a needless reboot some time in the next decade or so.

Hunt For the Wilderpeople

The hunt’s over -- they’re all hula-hooping in Colonel Summers park every Monday night. Wait, those are wooks, not Wilderpeople. Nevermind.

The Little Mermaid

Finally! A massive screen open to children of all ages to finally debunk the NSFW myths of this aquatic-themed Disney classic!


It’s like Serpico with animals, for kids. What could go wrong?


Mahalo, my chill dudes!


If you’ve ever wondered if Seth Macfarlane can switch of his insufferable Family Guy swagger, this is your golden ticket.

Reservoir Dogs

If you’re the last person alive who hasn’t seen this early Tarantino classic, the scene in the diner where Steve Buscemi’s character gets school after claiming he doesn’t tip is a relatable enough reason alone to give it a watch.
fantastic beasts and where to find them
fantastic beasts and where to find them | Warner Bros. Pictures

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

Bonus points for whoever shows up to watch this at a fancy-ish wine bar like Pix and has a pizza Postmate-ed in the middle of the movie.

Dead Poets Society

Warning: a young Ethan Hawke’s epic scene in this film will make you very insecure about the blanket you brought with you that night. Give this choice extra attention before leaving the house.

The Awful Truth

Keep your eyes peeled for the modern update, Ashley Madison 3: the Reckoning.

The Lego Batman Movie

All the joy of Legos and none of the agony of stepping on the damn things and having to pick them out of your feet!


A movie about ancient Polynesia with no music by Jack Johnson? A miracle!

La La Land

Be sure to bring you “LA LA LAND WAS ROBBED” signs -- it’ll be a hoot!

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Any steampunk riff on X-Men that’s good enough to get Samuel L. Jackson on board is good enough for us!


Amazon delivery drones make the conceit of this movie a little wonky, but suspension of disbelief and voiceover work by Andy Samberg does wonders in making this entertainment for even the most cynical of Techbros.

Blade Runner

If you’re too young to understand the argument between the cinematic and director’s cuts of this hallowed sci-fi classic, it’s time to get woke to the reality of our android future before the sequel hits theaters this October!

Boogie Nights

Perhaps an enterprising chef will have a sausage special on deck for the evening?

The Secret Life of Pets

This is guaranteed to be much more interesting than your nanny cam footage of the family dog, but keep recording anyways. Bob Saget would love for you to send him all the footage you’ve got.

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Anyone who claims to know what this movie was actually about is either a huckster or an unemployable film student (or both)... but damn was it beautiful!


He’s one bad dude.

Hidden Figures


Wayne’s World

Be sure to check out Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon before re-watching this classic SNL port -- you’ll never look at Alice Cooper the same way again.

Kubo & the Two Strings

Nashville hesher-punk duo Jeff the Brotherhood work all kinds of magic with just three strings, so this is definitely worth a watch.

The Eagle Huntress

Do not try this at home!


Wait, that poster all your ex-boyfriends had in their dorm rooms was based on a movie? Trippy!

Singing in the Rain

So, every day in Portland for 9 months straight? Fun!

Raiders of the Lost Ark

As if we needed another reason to rejoice in seeing “Raiders” and “Lost” in the same sentence! Good luck in Vegas.

Army of Darkness

This is B-grade campy horror at its finest, friends. Only a sucker would miss the chance to see this on the roof of a fancy-ass hotel in a fancy-ass neighborhood.


Remember when Val Kilmer was normal? Neither do we. But he sure did try, didn’t he?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

This is not a Pokemon Go workshop. Why are you still playing that game?

Forrest Gump

Life in Portland is like a bof of Moonstruck Chocolates: fancy, expensive, and too cute for anyone’s own good.


Third time’s a charm, eh?

Raising Arizona

He’s far too psychotic to ever work with the Coen Brothers again, which is a shame because they did a serviceable job of fooling us into thinking that Nicolas Cage may actually be a pretty chill dude.

Ghostbusters (1984)

What’s more baffling: the idea that the original was far too highbrow to reboot with an all-female cast, or the name of this park?

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

This would be better in a park if you’re trying to get a hardy LARP sesh in beforehand, but Pix has mead on their menu every now and then, so this will do.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Wes Anderson + Roald Dahl = twee hipster dad overload!

This Is Spinal Tap

Try as they may, the Darkness is still a poor surrogate for Spinal Tap. You have to actually be cool first, then you get the hilarious documentary. Sorry dudes.

Trolls (2016)

This is NOT a real life meetup for jackasses who cause trouble in Internet comments sections, but they may show up anyways. Plan accordingly.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

This Coen Brothers southern-fried send up of The Odyssey only gets better with age.

Kubo and the Two Strings

This would’ve been an excellent opportunity for McDonald’s to bring back the legendary szechuan McNuggets sauce they rolled out for Mulan. They’ll probably re-release the McRib again for the millionth time instead. Si

Ghostbusters (1984)

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but I am really afraid of this wonderful cat pod finally getting sold off to developers. Stand tall, Chicken & Guns! We need you!


Oldsmobiles and wood chippers, dontcha know?

Spring Breakers

James Franco’s awesomely bad unofficial interpretation of From G’s to Gents hero Riff Riff is a career-making performance in our opinion, but the tenor of most Harmony Korine films is a bit too left-of-center for your average Riff Raff fan to really know or care about what’s happening on screen. It’s a shame, really, because a more real depiction of Florida has yet to see the light of day.
Beetlejuice | Warner Bros.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

And thus began the Disney Corporation’s off-canon exploits into the Star Wars universe. There will be many more, but at least this one was of above-average watchability.

Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Everyone knows when someone calls a couple “cute” it’s the Beauty and the Beast dynamic they’re actually referring to.


Remember when Alec Baldwin was a normal guy who wasn’t typecast as a tyrannical office overlord?

Mystic River

Boston accents, Sean Penn crying, and enough fancy wine to make all of that tolerable!

La La Land

Please refrain from tap dancing and smoking “jazz cigarettes” on the life-size chessboard.


Get to the chopper! Wait, wrong Arnold movie.

Bottle Rocket

Ah yes, the simpler times when Wes Anderson didn’t spend 5 years laboring over set design and perfect montage music. A true classic.


Looking for french fried taters? You’re in luck! Potato Champion has ya covered!

The Blob

Nope, still not a documentary about Rush Limbaugh. Soon, my friends.


How do you say “manic pixie dream girl” in French?

Blazing Saddles

This would still be happening in the high desert of Eastern Oregon if it weren’t for Mel Brooks or the internet.
Edward Scissorhands
Edward Scissorhands | 20th Century Fox


Show up dressed as a Cenobite, then head to the Lovecraft afterwards for a relatively normal evening of paranormal-posi bar antics.

Edward Scissorhands

Stay tuned for Edward Fidget Spinnerhands, coming to a screen near you in summer of 2018.

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Pete Cottell is a notorious over-preparer for outdoor movies who once got booted from Irvington Park for setting up a hammock and accidentally sleeping there through the night. Follow him for chill summer tips at @Vanifestdestiny.