Free outdoor movies in Toronto for summer 2015
Free outdoor movies have become a summer tradition in Toronto. There are many screenings to choose from, including everything from art films to family-friendly comedies. Pack a few snacks, a blanket or lawn chairs, and chill out as the sun sets with movies old and new.
Here's my guide to free outdoor movies held in the Toronto this summer.
City Cinema at Yonge-Dundas Square
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
City Cinema at Yonge-Dundas square is going with the theme "But Can They Act," a nod to musician turned actors (I'm looking at you Justin Timberlake). The great thing about this event is the combination of music and film. Before a music-related movie is screened, you'll get a chance to watch a filmed performance from Massey Hall celebrating Canadian talent.
City Cinema plays oldies but goodies every Tuesday starting Tuesday June 16 at sunset and goes until Sept. 1.
Location: Sugar Beach - 25 Dockside Drive
The most unique movie experience, and according to the organizers, Toronto's largest outdoor theatre will host a themed movie event the weekend of Aug. 20-22. For one weekend, Sugar Beach transforms into an outdoor theatre. This year the theme is "Flashback to the 80s" where you'll get to vote starting on June 18th which movie you'd like to take a trip down memory lane.
Christie Pits Film Festival
Location: Christie Pits Park
Every Sunday night from July 5 until 16, Christie Pits will transform into a movie theatre showing movies with the theme "great villains." Kicking off the outdoor movie season is the 1992 classic Nosferatu. Following the film, there will be a live score performance by musicians, Del Bel. On hand will be food vendors like Caplansky's and donuts by Sugar Mama's, and BeGood gelato.
Harbourfront Free Flicks
Location: Lower Simcoe St & Queens Quay, Harbourfront Centre
Watch movies by the water with this theme's celebration of "family ties." Running every Wednesday from July 8 until September 8 at the WestJet Stage, the festival kicks off with a Coen Brothers classic, Raising Arizona and ends with an audience choice.
Movies in the Park - Riverdale Park East
Location: 550 Broadview Ave.
Riverdale Park East Movies in the Park is hosting four free screenings, this year to raise awareness & money for two local charities through an indigogo campaign with the aim of raising $20,000 this summer.
The screenings start Sunday July 11 until Sunday Aug. 22 with movies yet to be announced.
TIFF in the Park
Location: David Pecault Square
A festival that attracts many moviegoers, TIFF in the Park is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year and going big with movie offerings. This year they're showing 40 free movies throughout the year, starting with TIFF in the Park every Wednesday night at sundown on beginning July 8 until the Labour Day long weekend.
Along with the widely popular TIFF in the Park, TIFF is expanding its movie offerings this year. Starting July 3 to Sept. 4 TIFF is hosting a film series in different parks in the city like Flemingdon Park, Lotherton Pathway, Earl Bales Park and Moss Park and four special pop-up movie nights at Union Station, Celebration Square Mississauga, Garden Square Brampton and Fort York.
Under the Stars Screening Series
Location: Regent Park 620 Dundas Street E.
Every Wednesday from July 15 until August 19, Regent's Park wants to create an atmosphere of community by bringing film, yoga and DJs from the community
Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts
Cultura movie festival takes place only in July with four movie screenings every Friday. This year, the film festival will host an art exhibit on Canadian Athletes in perfect timing for the Pan Am Games. The films for this year are still to be announced but musical performances include Divine Brown and Alex Cuba.
Movies in St. James Park
Location: St. James Park
Every last Thursday of the month from June until August at 9 p.m., St James becomes a family-friendly outdoor movie theatre.
Open Roof Festival
Location: 99 Sudbury
Though not free, the Open Roof Festival is still a great deal. Tickets are $15 for a night of movies, food, drinks and indie bands that play prior to the movie. Held in the parking lot at 99 Sudbury, in the midst of Queen and King Streets, Open Roof is celebrating its sixth year of what its dubbed #MoviesMusicBeer. The season kicks off Wednesday June 17 and runs until August 19.
CORRECTION: The Junction Movie Nights event has been removed because it has not been scheduled for this year. (17/06/2015)
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