If you're looking for some low-key activities for the summer, going to an outdoor film screening can be a great outing. Luckily, there are films being shown in parks and venues across the city all summer long! With so many different options, it can be hard to plan out your calendar. Here's a roundup of as many free screenings as we could find for Toronto:
- Movies in the Park is taking place on July 24, August 14 and 21. Over the course of the three weeks Rango, Best in Show and Rear Window are being screened in Riverdale Park (East). Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Proceeds will go towards supporting local charities.
- Dancing in the Dark kicks off on July 5 in Yonge Dundas Square with a free screening of Beach Blanket Bingo. Every Tuesday until August 30, they'll be screening a different dance-themed film. Highlights include Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Saturday Night Fever and more. All films start at sundown.
- Hot Spot Summer runs from July 5-August 9 at Harbourfront. Every week, they'll be screening a different film exploring different cities through the eyes of filmmakers. Screenings are free and start on the WestJet stage at dusk. Films include Annie Hall, Lost in Translation, Paris Je T'aime and more.
- TIFF in the Park is a joint venture between TIFF and the Entertainment District BIA. Every Wednesday from July 6-August 31, they'll be screening classic musicals at David Pecaut Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall. Films include The Sound of Music, The Wizard of Oz and more. All films are free and start at sunset.
- Movies Under the Stars takes place every Friday at Downsview Park starting July 8. The selection includes some fun classics like Space Jam and Beauty and the Beast, but there are also screenings of Justin Bieber Never Say Never and Up if you're looking for more current flicks. Films are free and start at sunset.
- Summer Afternoon at the Movies runs every Tuesday until September. A perfect solution for those rainy days, the indoor series will be taking place at the Toronto Reference Library and will feature screenings of films such as Amelie, The King's Speech, The Hound of the Baskervilles and more. Screenings take place from 2-4PM each week.
If you know of any free outdoor screening going on in other cities, please post them so I can expand this list!
Jul 4th, 2011 03:07 PM #1
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Jul 7th, 2011 11:34 AM #2
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Ok, here's a list of outdoor screenings going on across the country! Reply and let me know if you have any more to add to the list:
- British Columbia: Fresh Air Cinema is partnering with organizations across British Columbia to schedule free outdoor movie screenings throughout the summer. If you click on the "Events" tab on their Facebook page, you can see upcoming screenings in Vancouver, Coquitlam, Nanaimo, Richmond, Burnaby, Cranbrook and more. If you live in Vancouver, you can also enjoy a movie in Stanley Park every Tuesday night until the end of August.
- Alberta: Edmonton's Movies on the Square is back this summer. The movies that will be screened have yet to be announced, but the series starts on August 19 and will run until October 8 in Churchill Square. Admission is free and there will be pre-movie entertainment such as a balloon artists and prize giveaways.
- Saskatchewan: Starting July 6, Regina Downtown is hosting Cinema Under the Stars. Screenings are free and will take place at Victoria Park over the course of six weeks. Films include kid-friendly picks such as MegaMind, Tangled and Back to the Future.
- Manitoba: In Winnipeg, Lyric Theatre is presenting double-bills of family friendly movies every Friday night in August. Each evening will begin with a screening at 7PM followed by a film for the older kids starting at 9:15PM. Movies include Happy Feet, Night at the Museum and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, among others.
- Ontario: Downtown Kingston will be hosting film screenings in Springer Market Square on Thursdays at dusk, until September 1. The event is free and will feature movies for kids and grown-ups, including Despicable Me, Father of the Bride, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, among others. In Ottawa, Centretown Movies will be screening films on Friday and Saturday nights starting July 22. Films include When Harry Met Sally, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: 1 and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
- New Brunswick: In Saint John, there are a few movie screenings taking place throughout the summer, so visit the Tourism Saint John website for full listings. The town of Sussex is hosting free family outdoor movies throughout the summer in Burton Park. Screenings start at 8:30PM and will be taking place on July 7 and 21, and August 11 and 25. Films include Tales of Desperaux, Despicable Me and Tangled.
- Nova Scotia: If you live in Halifax, you can take advantage of the 11th annual alFresco filmFesto, which will be paying tribute to Bill Murray by running free screenings of his films each Friday from July 22 to August 26 on the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. Films include Caddyshack, Ghostbusters, Rushmore and more. All screenings are free (although a $5 cash donation is encouraged) and begin at 9PM or dusk.
- Newfoundland: Every Monday night in July, Reel Downtown will be taking place in Solomon's Lane at Water Street in St John's. Screenings are free, although donations to the Nickel Independent Film Festival are encouraged. The screenings have yet to be confirmed, so check back on their site to find out what's playing. Screenings start at 9PM weekly.