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Best Outdoor Movies In The Inland Empire

July 11, 2013 6:00 AM

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(credit: JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: HesperiaParks.com)

(credit: HesperiaParks.com)

Heading inland? Check out the lineup of year-round and summer festival outdoor movies offered at various parks and drive in locations around the Inland Empire. Don’t forget a blanket!

(credit: Victoria Gardens)

(credit: Victoria Gardens)

Summer Movies in the Park

Rancho Cucamonga Parks
10500 Civic Center Drive
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 477-2700
cityofrc.us

Each spring and summer, the family-friendly city of Rancho Cucamonga boasts outdoor movies under the stars. With three locations to choose from, visitors and residents can choose their favorite spot to enjoy the films, games, raffles, and prizes from RCParks, although my personal favorite is the town square at Victoria Gardens: enjoy the shops and restaurants pre-show! This summer series runs July 8 through Aug. 9 and features “Frankenweenie,” “Big Miracle,” “Madagascar 3,” “We Bought a Zoo,” and “Rango.” All movies begin at dusk.

(credit: JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

(credit: JOYCE NALTCHAYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Movies in the Park

Riverside Parks
6927 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
(951) 826-2000
riversideca.gov

City of Riverside Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department presents a free G/PG family movie series Fridays and Saturdays from July 12 through 27 at various parks in the Riverside area. This summer’s lineup includes “Men in Black 3,” “Megamind,” and “Brave.” Pack a picnic dinner, a few chairs, and a blanket and curl up with your kids for a movie at the park. Check the website for park changing park locations.

(credit: hesperiaparks.com)

(credit: hesperiaparks.com)

Movies in the Park

Hesperia Civic Plaza Park
15833 Smoke Tree Street
Hesperia, CA 92345
(760) 244-5488
hesperiaparks.com

The city of Hesperia Parks department hosts an entire summer lineup of movies in the park including “The Lorax,” “Here Comes the Boom,” “Madagascar 3,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” “Thunderstruck,” and “Hotel Transylvania.” Movies run every other Saturday night at dusk; concessions are available for purchase, but no alcohol is permitted on the premises.

(credit: Mission Tiki)

(credit: Mission Tiki)

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater

10798 Ramona Ave
Montclair, CA 91763
(909) 628-0511
missiontiki.com

Originally opened in 1956, this drive-in movie theater operates year-round offering the best new releases in nightly double features. Stock up on treats at the snack bar or enjoy your dinner on site at the full-service Mexican food restaurant.

(credit: Van Buren Drive-In Theater)

(credit: Van Buren Drive-In Theater)

Van Buren Drive-In Theater

3035 Van Buren Blvd.
Riverside, CA 92503
(951) 688-2360
vanburendrivein.com

The Van Buren Drive-In, originally built on a Riverside ranch in 1964 has recently undergone massive renovations including technology updates and even a return to its original, orange field theme. Still a great bargain, head to this drive-in for your favorite new releases, just $7 for adults and $1 for kids ages 5 to 9. This popular spot is a local favorite year-round so arrive early.

Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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