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Outdoor movies in the East Bay

Family-friendly flicks at various East Bay parkss

Every summer, I get excited about seeing the mainstream Hollywood blockbusters on the big screen at the West Wind Solano Drive In theater in Concord. This local gem reopened last year after being shut down for several summers. Its a great place to catch a double feature, and a particularly nice family outing for  parents, as children under 11 are always free, and the sound can be turned up and down on the car radio if the little ones would rather sleep than watch Kung Fu Panda.

Throughout the East Bay, there are also many town and city recreation departments offering free or reasonably priced family movie nights in outdoor settings. Here are a couple of scheduled family flicks for summer 2008:

This one sounds fun: Family Dive In Movie Night. On Friday, June 20 at 7:30, Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park (147 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill) hosts an evening of swimming and a movie under the stars with your family at Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park. Movie begins at dusk. Snacks available for purchase. Bring an inner tube or noodle!  The film will be Flipper. Cost of Event:  $5/adv; $8/at door, Children 2 yrs/under, free
(925) 682-0896,

The city of Benicia sows Bee Movie on June 27 at 8 pm., at the City Park Gazebo. Go to the city's events calendar for the still TBA July and August films.

Danville's Moonlight Movies series features the classic Galaxy Quest on June 27, Arctic Tale on July 11,  Three Amigos on July 25, and Bee Season on August 8. Films are shown on th lawn in front of the Danville Library.www.ci.danville.ca.us/default.asp

City of Walnut Creek hosts an outdoor movie series all summer at Heather Farm. Look for The Princess Bride on July 19. http://www.walnutcreekrec.org/muts.htm