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Jun 01, 2018

Watching Movies on the Sand – and Under the Stars

By Joanne Colella

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There was a time, perhaps, when a day trip to the beach was simply that: a few hours spent lying on the sand, frolicking in the surf, and soaking up the sunshine before packing up the towels and tote bags and heading home at the end of the day.

But Jersey Shore day trippers love to linger long after dusk to enjoy a variety of seaside fun and festivities, including an assortment of family friendly movies near their favorite spot on the sand. On beaches up and down the coast, audiences are invited to gather ‘round, settle down on their beach blankets or folding chairs, pop open the coolers and picnic baskets, and take in these entertaining sights and sounds of summer – all for free!

As the sun goes down, the lights come up on the silver screen – or perhaps a giant inflatable screen that’s been set up on the sand for the projection of summertime movies. Look for these titles – some classic favorites, some more recent hits – available at press time, coming soon to a beach near you. And if you happen to miss a flick you’d like to see on a particular date, it might be appearing again elsewhere. Be sure to check this list and websites of other shore towns for more updates as the summer season unfolds.

BELMAR – Saturdays beginning at dusk on the 8th Avenue Beach, weather permitting.

July 14 – Despicable Me 3

July 21 – Cars 3

July 28 – Wonder Woman

Aug. 4 – Coco

Aug. 11 – The Nut Job 2

Aug. 18 – Sherlock Gnomes

Aug. 25 – Paddington

Sept. 8 – Jaws

BRIGANTINE – Wednesdays beginning at 7 p.m. on the 16th Street South beach, and Friday, July 27 at Brigantine Cove.

July 11 – The Little Mermaid

July 27 – Jaws

Aug. 1 – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl

Aug. 22 – Double feature: Grease and Top Gun

CAPE MAY – Music before the movie starts at 7 p.m. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays on the beach next to Convention Hall, 714 Beach Ave. Rain location is inside Convention Hall.

July 12 – Flubber

July 19 – X-Men Apocalypse

July 26 – Sword in the Stone

Aug. 2 – The Sound of Music – Sing Along!

Aug. 9 – Jaws

Aug. 16 – Trolls

Aug. 23 – The Greatest Showman

Aug. 30 – The Peanuts Movie

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – Fridays beginning at dark near Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, weather permitting.

June 22 – Despicable Me 3

June 29 – The Emoji Movie

July 6 – The Little Mermaid

July 13 – The Incredibles

July 20 – Cars 3

July 27 – Frozen

Aug. 3 – The Lego Ninjago Movie

Aug. 10 – Moana

Aug. 17 – The Descendants 2

Aug. 24 – Disney’s Coco

Aug. 31 – Jumanji 2017

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – Sundays and Tuesdays beginning at 8 p.m., weather permitting.

July 3 – Jaws

July 8 – The BFG

July 10 – Smurfs: The Lost Village

July 15 – Finding Dory

July 17 – Moana

July 22 – Storks

July 24 – Casper

July 29 – The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

July 31 – Cars 3

Aug. 5 – The Secret Life of Pets

Aug. 7 – Despicable Me 3

Aug. 12 – Hotel Transylvania 2

Aug. 14 – The Emoji Movie

Aug. 19 – The Lego Ninjago Movie

Aug. 21 – Beauty & the Beast

Aug. 26 – The Lego Batman Movie

Aug. 28 – Coco

Sept. 2 – Leap!

Sept. 4 – The Wild Life