Pool With a View

Cool off poolside while watching a classic film. It's summertime in the desert.

Kelley Huskey Attractions, Current Digital

Wet 'n' Wild in Palm Springs offers a dive-in movie every Friday night through July.

There is no reason to stay cooped up indoors once the sun goes down this summer.

Lounging poolside now can include watching a film. Dive-in movies have replaced drive-in movies, popular in the 1950s and ‘60s. No longer are moviegoers crammed inside stuffy cars with limited leg room and poor sound quality. Now you can hop on a pool floatie in the open air, wade in the shallow end, or relax on a chaise lounge, all while watching the big screen with friends and family.

And in Greater Palm Springs, there is neither a better nor a more unique backdrop than the palm trees and and desert mountains in the distance.

Many local hotels and park facilities offer dive-in movies free of charge or for a nominal fee throughout the summer. Some films are great for the whole family while others are for adults only. Some are even Fido-friendly.

We’ve put together a handy list to save you some searching.


1551 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Who: Open to the public, ages 21+
When: Last Friday of the month through October
Cost: Free admission, bar, firepit, chaise lounges, dog-friendly
Next Up: July 27, 8 p.m. - Risky Business; Aug. 31, 7 p.m. – Grease; Sept. 28, 7 p.m. - The Big Lebowski, and Oct. 26, 6 p.m. - The Lost Boys
Website: arrivehotels.com


Movies fans gather around the pool and spa at the Arrive Hotel.

Wet ‘n’ Wild

1500 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs
Who: All ages, kid-friendly
When: Every Friday through the end of July
Cost: Included with the price of admission, wave pool, cabanas, chaise lounges
Next Up: July 6, 8 p.m. – Jumanji; July 13, 8 p.m. – Coco; July 20, 8 p.m. - LEGO Ninjago, and July 27, 8 p.m. - Justice League
Website: wetnwildpalmsprings.com

Fritz Burns Pool

78107 Ave. 52, La Quinta
Who: Open to the public, all ages, free admission
When: One Friday in July, one Friday in August
Next Up: July 13, 7:30 p.m. - Early Man, and Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m. - A Wrinkle in Time
Website: laquintaca.gov

Riviera Palm Springs

1600 N. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs
Who: Open to hotel guests of all ages
When: Every Saturday through September at sunset
Cost: Free admission, 1959-era movies, bar, chaise lounges
Next Up: Films vary but include Some Like it Hot, Pillow Talk, Sleeping Beauty, North by Northwest, Ben-Hur, and The Mummy
Website: rivierapalmsprings.com


Guests enjoy a Cary Grant movie at the Riviera Palm Springs.

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort

41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage
Who: Open to hotel guests of all ages
When: Every night throughout July at sunset
Next Up: 7:30 p.m. July 6, family movie
Website: omnihotels.com

Palm Mountain Resort

155 S. Belardo, Palm Springs
Who: Open to hotel guests of all ages
When: Every Friday throughout Sept. 28 at 8 p.m.
Website: palmmountainresort.com or call 1-800-622-9451 for a schedule of upcoming movies