Free Movies on the Beach (2018)

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Movies

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk has been featured in a lot of movies — Dangerous Minds, Sudden Impact, Harold and Maude, and The Lost Boys, to name a few — but that’s not its only tie to cinema.  The Boardwalk also hosts free movies on the beach Wednesday nights every summer at 9:00 p.m.

And to make it even better, Wednesdays after 5 p.m. are Coca-Cola Nights, meaning unlimited ride wristbands only cost $14.95 if you bring an empty Coca-Cola product (not valid on 4th of July).  You can tire yourself out by working in a full four hours of rides, then lay back on a beach towel or lean back in a low beach chair and watch the big screen on the beach with your friends, family, or special someone.

Traffic and parking around the Boardwalk can get pretty crazy, so if you don’t want to miss any of the movie, arrive early or travel by some way other than car if you can. Some great alternatives include walking, biking, and taking the metro bus (Santa Cruz Metro Bus Routes #19 and #20 run from the Downtown Metro Center to the Wharf).

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The crowd at the Boardwalk, watching Goonies. Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Most of the movies played are family-oriented, with the exception of Santa Cruz native horror film The Lost Boys, about kids turned vampires turned loose on the fictional town of Santa Carla.  If you show up for The Lost Boys, expect lots of fanfare — the film’s star Corey Feldman performed with his band before the movie in 2010, and in 2007 many cast members showed up to sign autographs. In 2013, vampire wrestlers from WWE battled it out before the feature presentation.

But no matter what movie you go to watch, it’s the surreal experience of feeling the salty ocean air while looking up at the big screen that will make the night memorable.

2018 Santa Cruz Boardwalk Movies

DateMovie
June 20The Lost Boys
June 27Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 11Legally Blonde
July 18Ferris Bueller's Day Off
July 25Hairspray
Aug. 1Jumanji (1995)
Aug. 8Ghostbusters (1984)
Aug. 15Raiders of the Lost Ark

Photo Credit: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

About Blair Stenvick

Blair Stenvick is a freelance writer who has lived in Santa Cruz for four years.

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