WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES 2017: Seeking suggestions, a little differently this year

(August 2016 photo by Kevin Freitas)

The dates are set for this year’s West Seattle Outdoor Movies series – six Saturday nights in July and August, starting July 22nd, free. This is the 13th year for the series and the first one with all movies to be shown in the “festival street” (SW Snoqualmie) on the south side of the newly expanded West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor), which was still under construction when the series moved there for last year’s final movie (photo above) but is all done now!

WSB is WSOM’s media sponsor again this year and it’s time for the traditional request for your thoughts on which six movies to show. This year, organizers let us know they’re doing it a little differently – besides just asking for suggestions, they’re also asking for thoughts on a list of movies that have come up in their early discussions. Those movies are:

The LEGO Batman Movie
The Jungle Book
Beauty and the Beast
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Queen of Katwe
Kong: Skull Island
Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
La La Land
Jurassic World
Finding Dory
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

So if you have favorites among those, AND/OR other suggestions, please comment!

For reference – here are the lineups from the past five years:

*2016’s movie lineup was “Star Wars Episode VII,” “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “School of Rock,” “Skyfall,” “The Lego Movie,” “Princess Bride”

*2015’s movie lineup was “Zoolander,” “Singles,” “Raising Arizona,” “Big Hero 6,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Rocky Horror Picture Show”

*2014’s movie lineup was “Gravity,” “Spice World,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” “The Blues Brothers,” “The Goonies,” “Frozen”

*2013′s movie lineup was “Goldfinger,” “Devil Wears Prada,” “Muppets,” “Avengers,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “This Is Spinal Tap”

*2012′s movie lineup was “Pretty in Pink,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Lion King,” “Iron Man,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Top Gun”

Suggestions are being collected for the next two weeks, so we’ll remind you again! Thanks!

44 Replies to "WEST SEATTLE OUTDOOR MOVIES 2017: Seeking suggestions, a little differently this year"

  • Joe May 3, 2017 (11:24 am)

    Rogue One and La La Land would be great.  Maybe also Hidden Figures.

  • West Seattle Hipster May 3, 2017 (11:43 am)

    Short Bus.

    • WSB May 3, 2017 (1:00 pm)

      Had to look that one up. Have been a little busy this past decade. Let me clarify then, while this isn’t all “family-oriented movie” stuff, I don’t think they’re looking to get explicit. But thanks.

      • West Seattle Hipster May 3, 2017 (3:58 pm)

        Ahhh, didn’t realize it was family oriented only.  So I guess The Big Lebowski would be verboten also….

  • Swede. May 3, 2017 (11:43 am)

    ‘Idiocracy’, since it turned into a documentary…

    ‘Sahara’, a good adventure is always good. 

    ‘Big short’, to learn how they crashed it in -08 and going strong at it, still. 

  • Christie May 3, 2017 (1:10 pm)

    The Martian


  • Gene May 3, 2017 (1:28 pm)


  • NorthofAdmiral May 3, 2017 (2:18 pm)

    I miss having this hosted in the parking lot by Hotwire. While small, it was better than the dusty lot last year. With the completion of the Y, will this now be in a paved lot? 

    • WSB May 3, 2017 (2:42 pm)

      It’s in the street, but I don’t know how the screen and seating will be oriented, since construction last year obviously put some constraints on things.

  • Cycleman May 3, 2017 (2:31 pm)

    Taxi driver

    • Swede. May 3, 2017 (6:32 pm)

      Great movie! Maaaaybe a bit of the family-friendly path though and really long. 

  • vin_e_vin May 3, 2017 (2:36 pm)

    These three caught my eye:

    The LEGO Batman Movie
    Beauty and the Beast
     La La Land


  • Anonymous May 3, 2017 (2:51 pm)


    Queen of Katwe

    Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

    Seem to be the best family fun movies.  Also ‘Joe’ mentioned Hidden Figures which is also a great idea!

  • Elton May 3, 2017 (3:14 pm)

    I would probably show up for:

    The LEGO Batman Movie
    Beauty and the Beast

    I think these would be cool, too:

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
    La La Land
    Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

  • jeff hansen May 3, 2017 (4:12 pm)


    The Dark Crystal

    Breakfast Club


    • jeff hansen May 3, 2017 (4:15 pm)

      oh yeah and more recently there is a movie by John Favreau(jungle book, lion king, Zathura, Iron Man) called Chef.


  • MarMar May 3, 2017 (5:38 pm)

    It’s a mad, mad, mad world!

    • ChannelingLewisBlack May 3, 2017 (7:19 pm)

      Love that suggestion but I think they’re looking for something that would end before midnight!!!!

  • JRR May 3, 2017 (5:59 pm)

    North by Northwest. 

    MST3K’s Mitchell

    The Muppet Movie 

  • Jon May 3, 2017 (6:29 pm)
    1. Rocky
    2. Rocky II
    3. Rocky III
    4. Rocky IV
    5. Rocky Balboa
    6. Creed
  • JayDee May 3, 2017 (6:31 pm)

    I just saw the Iron Giant with my GF and while I am AARP-bait I thought it was a fun movie.

  • sbre May 3, 2017 (6:53 pm)

    The Never Ending Story

    Chitty-chitty Bang-bang


  • Jethro Marx May 3, 2017 (7:34 pm)

    Well, Slapshot, of course. Also Strange Brew.

    • West Seattle Hipster May 4, 2017 (9:42 am)

      Definitely Slapshot.  The “kiddos” can stay home that night.

  • Jg May 3, 2017 (7:43 pm)

    Snakes on a plane 

    🐍 ✈️ 

    snakes on on a plane. Best movie going experience you will ever go to

  • 2 Much Whine May 3, 2017 (8:36 pm)

    I second the vote for “Chef.”  Another awesome movie that celebrates diversity and cooking is called “The Hundred-Foot Journey.”  Seriously, check that out if you want a good story and are passionate about food & cooking.  It’s a good family movie with a strong cast including Helen Mirren.  It gets an 81% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes (vs. 49% for Tomorrowland).

  • Pat May 3, 2017 (9:43 pm)


    Queen of Katwe

    Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them

    Hidden Figures

  • Bevin May 3, 2017 (11:16 pm)

    Lego batman, big, or sandlot would be fun.

  • mrsjonesb May 4, 2017 (12:11 am)


    The Dark Crystal (second that one!)

    The Secret of Nimh

    The Three Amigos


    The World’s Greatest Athlete


  • jkc May 4, 2017 (5:18 am)

    Any movies on that list would be great!! Also LOVE the movie “BIG” with Tom Hanks.

  • Ex-Westwood Resident May 4, 2017 (11:28 am)

    Rogue One

    Beauty and The Beast 

    Lego Movie

    Hidden Figures


    The Martian 

  • WSChiefsFan May 4, 2017 (11:42 am)

    Lady in White


    Pee Wee’s Big Adventure

  • Kv May 4, 2017 (12:28 pm)

    La la land

    beauty and the beast

  • PJD May 4, 2017 (1:24 pm)



    National Lampoon’s Vacation

    Summer Rental

    The Great Outdoors

  • Clay Eals May 4, 2017 (3:57 pm)

    “Herbie Rides Again” — a great, nearly forgotten family film (“The Love Bug” sequel), with a preservation theme that is in tune for the backdrop of our successful “We Love The Junction” landmark campaign. See http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071607/.

    Clay Eals, executive director
    Southwest Seattle Historical Society

  • Westside transplant May 5, 2017 (11:35 am)

    I heard a rumor that Park West in the north admiral area is possibly doing La La Land or Beauty and the Beast in July too. I’ll have to check their facebook for updates.

    I second Beauty and the Beast. I have heard it’s magical.

    Finding Dory & Zootopia are both on Netflix so most likely will be seen by most kids a lot already. Great flics though.

  • Kelli Kamel May 5, 2017 (12:35 pm)

    Galaxy Quest is hilarious and family-friendly while also having some good jokes for adults.

    I wouldn’t recommend Lala Land, just because the second half of the movie is kind of depressing..

  • Rob B May 5, 2017 (3:28 pm)

    The sandlot, the Martian, big, and harry and the hendersons for the kiddies

    caddyshack and dazed and confused for adults. 

  • Janet May 5, 2017 (6:01 pm)

    La La Land and Queen of Katwe

  • Anne May 5, 2017 (7:35 pm)

    The world needs more dreamers……..

    I second Tomorrowland!

  • L kellett May 6, 2017 (11:02 am)

    Mighty Ducks

    Ferris Buehler’s (spelling??) Day Off

    Stick It

    The Help

  • Ken Turner May 8, 2017 (12:59 pm)

    The Sandlot!!  One of the best summer time movies out there!

  • Saige May 8, 2017 (3:59 pm)

    The six I would pick from that list :)

    The Jungle Book
    Beauty and the Beast
    Queen of Katwe
    Kong: Skull Island
    Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
    La La Land

  • Edie Neeson May 9, 2017 (2:32 pm)

    Nostalgia time:

    Singin’ in the Rain

    Disney’s Dumbo

    Disney’s Lady and the Tramp


    South Pacific

    It Happened at the World’s Fair (Elvis Presley)

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