Since 2011, CSUN’s Summer Movie Fest has been a much-anticipated campus tradition. Every year, Associated Students (AS) treats the campus community to free, weekly outdoor screenings on the Delmar T. Oviatt Library Lawn.
From June 6 to August 22, AS will present movies every Thursday evening. Each week will feature a different film, from recent blockbusters such as “Avengers: Endgame” to classic favorites such as “The Parent Trap” and “Jaws.” While waiting for the film to begin at dusk, guests can grab dinner — or even better, dessert — from food trucks, enjoy live entertainment and participate in raffles, games and activities. Picnics, takeout from surrounding restaurants and your favorite movie candy from home is also welcome!
CSUN students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with their friends and family, can expect brand-new features for this year’s movie fest. Besides the opportunity to see the current reigning box office champs, they will get to experience the summer tradition on AS’s largest outdoor screen yet.
According to Kira Paczkowski, AS Productions program coordinator, this year’s audiences will enjoy the films on a colossal 50-foot screen — double the size of the screen used in previous years.
Last year, screenings of Disney’s “Coco” and Pixar’s “The Incredibles” each drew 3,000 people.
Paczkowski said she expects a crowd that size — and possibly even bigger — for some of the most anticipated movies of the year, especially Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” and box office record-smashing “Avengers: Endgame,” which just premiered in theaters last month.
Big crowds are also expected for the family-friendly animated films including “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World” and “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse,” as well as for the summer’s finale film, romantic comedy “Crazy Rich Asians.”
On the Fourth of July, with the screening of the classic Spielberg thriller “Jaws,” AS is planning some special holiday extras that are still under wraps.
“We’re planning something special to encourage students, faculty, staff and alumni to come out with their family and friends for Fourth of July,” Paczkowski said.
Updates will be posted in the weeks to come on the AS website.
The events are free for the entire CSUN community. Attendees may also bring their own low lawn chairs or blankets to sit comfortably on the Oviatt Lawn. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. AS will also raffle prizes themed to each week’s film.
For attendees without a valid CSUN parking pass, general parking is available for $8 and is required 24/7. Free street parking is also available on streets surrounding the campus.
AS encourages attendees to take part in CSUN’s Zero Waste challenge by bringing their own reusable food containers, utensils, straws and water bottles to reduce waste. Water refill stations will be located near the Oviatt Lawn. Guests are also asked to throw away waste in the appropriate recycling and landfill bins around campus.
The complete 2019 CSUN Summer Movie Fest lineup includes:
- June 6 — “Tangled” (2010)
- June 13 — “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World” (2019)
- June 20 — “Captain Marvel” (2019)
- June 27 — “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse” (2018)
- July 4 — “Jaws” (1975)
- July 11 — “Shrek” (2001)
- July 18 — “The Parent Trap” (1998)
- July 25 — “The Lorax” (2012)
- August 1 — “The Wizard of Oz” (1939)
- August 8 — “A Star is Born” (2018)
- August 15 — “Avengers: Endgame” (2019)
- August 22 — “Crazy Rich Asians” (2018)