The weather is now perfect for watching movies under the stars in downtown San Antonio.
SAN ANTONIO — Everyone loves free movies. Add to that a place under the stars, concessions and a central location, and you have the makings of a circle-on-your-schedule-ASAP opportunity to spend time with family and neighbors.
Officials from the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts have announced the upcoming schedule for Cinema on Will’s Plaza, outdoor film screenings scheduled for the second Friday of most months. Family lineups include animated hits, holiday classics, and Oscar-nominated films to get your weekend off to a great start.
The movie theater on Will’s Plaza is always free, and families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. However, pets or outside food and drink are not permitted on the Will Naylor Smith River Walk Plaza.
Screenings begin at 7:30 or 8 p.m., and attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find their place in the plaza.
Here is the film lineup for 2022, as well as the first months of 2023. Screenings start on Friday.
May 13: “The secret garden” (duration: 1h39).
The latest film adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s 1911 fantasy novel ‘The Secret Garden’ follows young Mary Lennox after she discovers a secret garden in the mansion she is staying at amidst difficult family times.
June 10: “West Side Story” (duration: 2h37).
Steven Spielberg’s remake of the Oscar-winning classic about the romance that blossoms amid feud between rival New York gangs is a spectacular enough affair, and was even nominated for Best Picture this year.
July 8: “Bohemian Rhapsody” (duration: 2h15).
Rami Malek received a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of iconic rocker Freddie Mercury in the 2018 saga about his life and the rise of Queen. It chronicles the creation of some of the best-known classic rock songs, as well as the band’s memorable 1985 Live Aid show.
August 12: “Ratatouille” (duration: 1h51).
Director Brad Bird’s film about a passionate chef rat remains one of Pixar’s best offerings, as well as a vibrant and moving testament to a passionate pursuit. It’s also, quite simply, extremely entertaining.
September 9: “Christopher Robin” (duration: 1h44).
Before reprising his most famous role as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Ewan McGregor played an adult version of Winnie the Pooh’s best friend in a delightful adventure film better than he had any right to.
October 14: “Hocus Pocus” (duration: 1h36).
The Halloween classic about three Salem witches resurrected and wreaking havoc on the spookiest night of the year remains a reliable family film, and the October screening at Will’s Plaza is the perfect opportunity to get excited for the long-awaited sequel, which is set to hit Disney+ this fall.
November 11: “Fantastic Mr. Fox” (duration: 1h27).
George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Bill Murray deliver a hilarious vocal performance in Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animated family film, which turns 13 this year.
December 9: “Elf” (duration: 1h37).
Five years before filmmaker Jon Favreau helped lift the curtain on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he teamed up with Will Ferrell to create a modern Christmas classic. “Elf” was a delight in 2003, and it remains a delight nearly two decades later.
January 12, 2023: “Flaming Star” (duration: 1h41).
Elvis Presley has donned a cowboy hat to star in this 1960 western about a rancher caught between the loyalty of his Native American mother and his Anglo father when a feud erupts between the two communities.
February 10, 2023: “Annie” (duration: 1h59).
Another classic musical that received a modern facelift, the 2014 version of “Annie” boasts a top-notch cast that includes Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne and Cameron Diaz. It’s not a difficult life for anyone who needs stars in their movies.
March 10, 2023: “Hidden Figures” (duration: 2 hours, 7 minutes).
An all-star cast of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe headlined this 2016 Oscar-nominated drama about the team of mathematicians who proved essential to NASA’s mission to go into space.