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10 fun ways to watch a flick this summer in Toronto

Posted by Erinn Beth Langille / July 21, 2014

rush line tiffDrive-ins, dinners and dives (into the lake off your boat) are just some of the fun ways to watch a flick this summer in Toronto. Cinephiles can tuck into dark theatres, or celebrate in the open-air, watch blockbusters or rarities, pay for lux seating or get in for free. There's really something for everyone.

Here are 10 fun ways to watch a flick this summer in Toronto.

See a movie outdoors
What better way to watch a movie in the summer than al fresco in the park? Haul our your lawn chair, bring a couple of wobbly pops and find your self watching the stars under the stars. There are a whole slew of outdoor movies options in the city; find one near you.

Get in a rush line at TIFF
Am I the only one that feels TIFF sneak up on me; I forget to get tickets and then miss all the good movies? Not this year. I'm going hit the rush lines and secure myself a front seat to this year's Oscar hopefuls. Not into line-ups? Advance ticket packages are now on sale.

Hit an adults-only cinema
The Queensway VIP cinema just opened this winter, and the extra plush seating and pre-movie cocktail lounge makes for some smooth and easy movie watching. It costs a little extra, but there is a guaranteed no-kids policy.

Watch a movie in your car
Ever want to recreate that scene in Grease when they are all at the drive-in? Me too. The whole experience has that 50s/70s feel, with teenagers and steaming windows, or more PG family affairs, with kids tucked in the back seat in sleeping bags, and lots of Goodies and greasy popcorn being passed around. The only Toronto drive-in is at The Docks but the 5 Drive-In in Oakville isn't too far away. Here is a list of them all in Ontario is you fancy a pre-movie drive.

See a movie without paying a dime
The list of free movies in the city is so long it's a wonder why you'd pay for a movie at all. Most of them are out of doors, so you can enjoy the movie with the pseudo-anarchist spirit that accompanies anything open-air and free. If you are looking for something air-conditioned and a little more tame, the Toronto Public Library has a lot of free films showing, just check the branches for movies and times.

See the best sequels ever made
They say the second born in any family is largely ignored, left to fend for itself, while the first-born shines. Go to TIFF to watch the originals and their great follow-up films, however, and you'll see why nobody puts these babies in the corner.

Watch a movie from ship or shore
The programming at The Toronto Port Authority's Sail-in Cinema is especially exciting this year- "Creature Craze", featuring Jaws, Jurassic Park and E.T. You can watch the movies on the giant two-sided floating screen from your anchored boat or from a lawn chair at Sugar Beach. Be sure to book ahead.

Watch a flick at Buddies in Bad Times
The Queer West International Film Fest bills themselves as a small, but quality film festival, with a $100 budget and that lasts four hours long. With just that, you get to watch some of this year's most engaging and interesting international LGBT films, and all the proceeds to Basement Arts. Keep it proud, August 9th.

Try it with beer and rare 16mm
Trash Palace brings its rare collection of 16mm films to non-for-profit community cinema The Revue on Roncesvalles. Now that's what I call a winning combination, and what's even better is the screenings are licensed.

Under the stars, with music and food
Open Roof Festival, on top of 99 Sudbury, combines the best of an outdoor film viewing and an open-air music fest. The 'double feature' pairs a band with a movie, and offers booze and great food to create one magical event, which happens several times over the course of the summer.

Growers CiderThanks to Growers Cider for sponsoring this post.

For more fun things to do this summer, check out our Toronto Fun Guide.

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