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Historic County Administration Center Hosts First Outdoor Film

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  • July 16, 1938: President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicates San Diego’s waterfront Civic Center, today called the County Administration Center.
  • May 16, 1988: County Administration Center added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • August 12, 2011: County Administration Center hosts its first-ever movie night outside on the west lawn.

On Friday, Aug. 12, the public is invited to join Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman Ron Roberts for a free outdoor movie night at the County Administration Center featuring the 2003 hit Pirates of the Caribbean. The Administration Center is at 1600 Pacific Highway in San Diego, and the event starts at 7:45 p.m.

“It’s going to be a special night, watching a movie outside with your family and friends with the historic County building, the harbor and the Star of India as the setting,” Roberts said. “The public will also get a taste of why the Waterfront Park at the Administration Center is going to be so appealing.”

Roberts will introduce the movie and share the County’s plans to build a sprawling park around the building, in place of paved parking lots. Construction on the Waterfront Park is expected to start in spring of next year, with completion in late 2013. See the plan.

The outdoor movie is part of the County Department of Parks and Recreation’s Summer Movies in the Park series, which features 40 family-friendly films in parks around the region.

Video: Waterfront Park Plans

With movies running through Sept. 23, the series is only about half done. There are still some great flicks coming to a park near you, including Toy Story 3 at Lindo Lake Park in Lakeside on Aug. 19; Back to the Future at Heritage Park in Old Town on Aug. 27; and The Perfect Game at Kimball Park in National City on Sept. 9.

All the movies will be shown in high-quality digital video on an enormous inflatable widescreen designed for large audiences. The series is produced by Fun Flicks, a company specializing in outdoor movies.

Participants are encouraged to bring a chair, blanket and refreshments. 

All the free movies begin at dusk and are open to the public. For a complete list of dates and locations, please visit