Summer nights. Saturday nights. Movie nights. Make that: Outdoor movies on summery Saturday nights. And hey, they’re free.
Starting July 26 and running every Saturday through Aug. 30, Metro Parks is presenting the annual Comcast Outdoor Cinema series. The movies will be shown at sundown at various Tacoma parks, and each will be preceded by a live music concert.
First up on the 26th at Wright Park, 501 S. I St., is the inspirational “Freedom Writers,” about a group of inner-city high school kids who are taught to express themselves through writing by a dedicated teacher played by Hilary Swank. On Aug. 2, a special treat, and you must remember this: “Casablanca” in glorious black and white at the Centre at Norpoint, 4818 Nassau Ave. N.E. The sea serpent children’s fantasy, “The Water Horse,” arrives Aug. 9 at Thea’s Park, 405 Dock St. Ever wonder where the Loch Ness Monster came from? See this picture and wonder no more.
“Under the Same Moon,” an immigrant drama about a young Mexican boy who sets off by himself from his homeland to find his mother, a maid working in LA, will be shown Aug. 16 at the McKinley Playfield, 402 E. 56th St. Jerry Seinfeld’s animated insect comedy “Bee Movie” buzzes into the South End Recreation Area (SERA), at South 60th and Adams on Aug. 23. Wrapping up the summer of cinema fun on Aug. 30 will be “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” It will be shown at Jefferson Park, 801 N. Mason St.