Summer Fun: Movies at the Fort

Sutter’s Fort hosts movie nights in July and August.
movies at the park

Movies at the Fort was launched in 2018 and paused in 2020, and the outdoor summer event feels just right this year. On the outside grounds of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, the free, family-friendly movies, projected onto a fort wall, will be shown Saturday, July 10, and Saturday, Aug. 14, when the sun goes down at about 8:45 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to be able to resume our popular outdoor movie program this summer,” says Emily Baime Michaels, executive director of the Midtown Association. “As restrictions continue to lift, the community is yearning to reconnect.”

Unlike previous years when moviegoers could just show up and sit on the grass, organizers are using a ticketing system for assigned seating. Guests should bring their own chairs or blankets.

Food and drink will be available for purchase, and there are plenty of parking options in midtown.

kids getting popcorn at movies at the park

Movies at the Fort are brought to the community by Sutter District restaurants and in partnership with California State Parks and Friends of Sutter’s Fort.

Movies at the Fort

Movies: July 10: “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Aug. 14: “Up”
Time: Arrive at 7 p.m. Movies start at about 8:45 p.m.
Address: Sutter’s Fort, 26th and L streets
Tickets (free):

Two Favorite Theatres

Tower Theatre: The iconic Tower Theatre by Angelika in Land Park is open, as is the cafe with snacks, wine and craft beer.

Crest Theatre: This historical gem is back in action with movies and other events with limited seating. Advanced tickets are through Eventbrite or at the box office on the night of the show.