Under the Stars

San Antonio's favorite free movie series returns to Mission Plaza for 2018

San Antonio's favorite free movie series returns to Mission Plaza

Mission Marquee Plaza outdoor movies
The Mission Marquee Plaza will once again host films this year. Mission Marquee Plaza/Facebook

Some of the best summer nights are spent lounging on picnic blankets, taking in a fireworks spectacular, or watching a movie under the stars. This year, one of San Antonio's most popular events, the Mission Marquee Outdoor Movie Series, once again returns to the Mission Marquee Plaza. 

Beginning now through November 17, the lineup features blockbuster and family-friendly movies, as well as seasonal flicks (think The Sandlot in mid-summer and The Polar Express to close out the series just before the holidays). Free and open to the public, this film series runs on the first and third Saturday of every month, and hosts a Thursday Night Throwback Movie on the third Thursday of every month. 

While films are the — ahem — star, pre-movie entertainment is also provided, and includes artisan vendors, food trucks, special performances, and, of course, complimentary popcorn. Attendees are encouraged to come early, and should note that lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and pets are all welcome. All films begin approximately 15 minutes after dusk.

The 2018 Mission Marquee Outdoor Movie Series schedule:

  • May 17 — Pee-wee's Big Adventure
  • May 19 — Wonder Woman
  • June 2 — Boss Baby
  • June 14 — Little Shop of Horrors
  • June 16 — Justice League
  • July 7 — Lego Batman
  • July 19 — The Sandlot
  • July 21 — Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • August 4 — Despicable Me 3
  • August 16 — A League of their Own
  • August 18 — Stars Wars: The Last Jedi
  • September 1 — Ferdinand
  • September 15 — Under the Same Moon (Hispanic heritage celebration night)
  • October 6 — Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • November 1 — The Book of Life
  • November 17 — The Star and The Polar Express (special double feature)

“It’s great to see the community come together to celebrate and enjoy this one-of-a-kind venue," said Colleen Swain, director of the World Heritage Office, in a release. The Mission Marquee was acquired by the City of San Antonio in 2007, and following a lengthy renovation, the city began hosting public events on the plaza in 2013. It has since become of the city's premier events sites, hosting everything from farmers markets to yoga classes to art installations.