The Port of Everett has announced the summer outdoor movie series, Sail-In Cinema. (Port of Everett)

The Port of Everett has announced the summer outdoor movie series, Sail-In Cinema. (Port of Everett)

Outdoor movies on the waterfront: Drive in or lawn seating

A six-movie lineup by the Port of Everett features action, cartoons and rom-com.

EVERETT — Get the blankets, lawn chairs and station wagons ready for another summer of free drive-in outdoor movies at the Port of Everett.

The port has announced attendance rules for a Friday night six-movie lineup that begins July 16 at Boxcar Park, Millwright Loop W, Everett.

Last year, the district scrapped the usual Sail-In Cinema screenings because of the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines for distancing. Instead, it hosted a drive-in theater that was limited for space with 10 feet between each vehicle and required reservations, which were booked within six days of going live.

“We are thrilled to welcome the community back to Boxcar Park in a hybrid format that allows us to accommodate the growing demand for this free outdoor event while considering the varying comfort levels of our attendees as we return to in-person events,” port spokesperson Cat Soper said in a news release.

For the sixth annual Sail-in Cinema this year, the Port is offering lawn seating and vehicle spots. Only drive-in guests need to reserve spots, at www.portofeverett.com/sailin. Reservations open Thursday, July 1.

The Port chose to announce the dates and movies prior to opening reservations based on how quickly spots were claimed last year, Soper said. Vehicle spots will be staggered for improved screen views, with enough room for at least 100 cars each night.

But the revised layout limits boater viewing from the North Docks. Boaters can dock at the Port’s North Guest Dock 6 and watch from the park.

The movies include action, cartoons and a romantic comedy:

9:15 p.m. July 16: “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (PG-13)

9:05 p.m. July 23: “Sleepless in Seattle” (PG)

8:55 p.m. July 30: “Dunkirk” (PG-13)

8:45 p.m. August 6: “Raya & the Last Dragon” (PG)

8:35 p.m. August 13: “Princess & The Frog” (G)

8:25 p.m. August 20: “The Rookie” (G)

People who want to secure spots can do so one hour before showtime at Boxcar Park, where they can listen to music, play yard games, grab free fresh-popped popcorn and buy snacks. There also will be a rotating food truck and a beer garden hosted by the Mukilteo Chamber for the 21-and-up crowd.

Ben Watanabe: bwatanabe@heraldnet.com; 425-339-3037; Twitter @benwatanabe.

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