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Two neighbors in film and video production and promotion founded Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema in 2004 with the goals to:

• Celebrate the talent of the many local filmmakers and artists residing in the neighborhood

• Bring community together from all corners of the socially, racially and economically diverse neighborhood

• Provide free and accessible film screenings to resident film-lovers and citywide friends

• Activate the under-utilized neighborhood parks, playgrounds and local common spaces

Today, although Bernal Heights has become more homogeneous, the original goals of the founders continue to be the guiding principles.

Screening locations vary each season, but previous venues include: Precita Park, Holly Park, Bernal Heights Park, Bernal Heights Playground, St. Mary’s Park, Cortland Avenue and Mission Street businesses and organizations.

Get Involved

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema is a volunteer-driven organization. Individuals can get involved as: coordinators who manage the operations of the organization and on-call volunteers who serve at the events.

Coordinator roles include: Volunteer Manager; Audio-Visual Manager; Media Relations Manager; Social Media Manager; Hospitality Manager; Manager of Community Partners.

On-call volunteers provide on-site assistance at the events, including: meeting and greeting participants; audience assistance and direction; distributing programs and surveys to attendees; soliciting on-site donations; assisting with venue and audio-visual set-up and breakdown; serving refreshments at receptions.

Visit the group’s website and Facebook page to learn more and get involved in the upcoming Outdoor Cinema season!

What SF Parks Alliance Loves

Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema has brought public film screenings to the Bernal Heights community for 17 years….and the group is still going strong!

Send a check payable to the SF Parks Alliance to the following address, or donate directly through the link below:

SF Parks Alliance
1074 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103