4 Outdoor Movie Theaters in Tucson

Nothing says nostalgia like a drive-in movie theater. Fumbling with the radio station in your vehicle for the right station, getting cozy in your car or in the bed of a truck with snacks, and an exciting anticipation for the screen to light up. Sometimes it was too exciting to even watch the movie. Although drive-in movie theaters have become somewhat of a thing of the past, there are still ways you can relive the years of yore with outdoor movie screenings and private event screenings. Check out the list below for a few of the best outdoor movie theaters in Tucson


Desert Air Cinema

Does the idea of staying home and having a cinematic viewing party in your very own backyard appeal to you? Well, at Desert Air Cinema you can do just that. With their outdoor cinema package, you can entertain 25 to 3,000 people at a time. Packages include an inflatable screen and projector, HD projection, a sound system, a technical crew, and even concessions like Sno-cones, popcorn, and cotton candy if you want to make the occasion extra special. From setup to delivery, Desert Air Cinema takes care of it all so you can sit back and relax. This service is awesome for pool parties, birthday parties, gaming parties, and any other occasion you may think of that needs a big screen.

Movies in the Park

900 S Randolph Way, Tucson, AZ 85716

Every year Cox Communications holds an outdoor Movies in the Park Series at Reid Park. Kid friendly movies show through July and August, and they are free to watch on Fridays. The selection of movies are awesome, and there is also pre-show entertainment that includes local performers, games, and prizes. Festivities start at 6 in the evening. The next movie showing at Reid Park will feature Disney’s Luca and starts at 7:45. Lawn chairs, towels, and blankets make the experience all the cozier. The event also hosts food trucks and picnics are okay. Get there early to pick a good spot on the lawn and watch pre-show entertainment! 

Movies on the Lawn

10555 N. La Cañada Dr, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 

The Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center hosts entertainment under the stars with movie screenings to please adults and kids alike. Their next screening will take place August 20th at 7:30. The movie will be Sing 2 complete with songs you probably already know and an easy-to-follow plot.

Dine and Dive at Tucson Jewish Community Center

3800 E. River Road Tucson, AZ 85718

Our last outdoor movie theater event is more for kiddos and includes a pool and pizza and takes place at the JCC on Saturday, July 23rd from 5 to 9. If you register by 5:00 pm on the 22nd it guarantees pizza, but walk-in registration will still be available if you’re not worried about the food. For members of the JCC tickets are $5 and non-members pay only $8. The event takes place at the pool and splash pad at the JCC and there will be a bounce house and a showing of Finding Nemo