Free outdoor movies in Toronto for summer 2016
Free outdoor movies in Toronto this summer are rampant. I hope you've invested in some sizeable picnic blankets, or low-sitting lawn chairs because they'll get a lot of use if you follow this guide. Parks, waterfronts, parking lots and massive public spaces play host to free films this year.
Here's a round-up of free outdoor movies in Toronto for summer 2016.
The Bollywood Classics Series happens all summer, and most films are inside the gorgeous museum. Two films however are being shown outside in the courtyard for free.
The ideal activity for balmy Wednesday nights, the Harbourfront Centre's Free Flicks series runs the entire summer season. Now in its 14th year, the festival keeps things mostly light for a little lakeside chill-out.
The sixth year of the outdoor screening series is called Stranded in Christie Pits! and features films "exploring themes of isolation, confinement, escape, and perseverance" beginning June 26 and running every Sunday until August 28.
August 28 is the scheduled rain date.
Every Tuesday at Yonge-Dundas Square starting June 28 - August 30, catch free funny films (this year's theme) on the giant screen surrounded by other giant screens. Films start at sundown (around 8:30, 9 p.m.) and are all preceded by a film chosen by the National Film Board.
Every last Thursday of June, July and August there's a free film screening in this beautiful park. St James Cathedral is right next door, so if you need to confess something, get there early. A couple of the evenings feature shows beforehand.
Every Friday night in July in Mel Lastman Square, Cultura Festival presents a free movie when the sun goes down. Before that you can walk around and enjoy food, busker entertainment, and interactive art instillations. Visit the Cultura website for film listings when they appear.
Happening every Wednesday starting July 13 - August 24 in the big park in Regent Park (620 Dundas Street East), Under The Stars haven't announced the lineup yet, but it will be up shortly. If it rains, the screening moves inside Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas Street East. Between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. there is food and culture programming to check out, pre-movie time.
Starting Thursday, August 18-20 at Sugar Beach, the PortsToronto Sail-in Cinema will present three films organized around the theme of Books to Big Screen. This puts pretty much every film ever up as a contender for this year's series, but who cares! It's a floating movie theatre!
There were free film screenings here last year, and they plan to do it again this year, but no information is available yet. They'll be showing family-friendly films on selected days throughout the summer. Check back on their website for updates.
Riverdale Park East Movies in the Park hosts four free screenings to help raise funds for local children's charities. Though the lineup has yet to be announced, these are PG-rated films and the films only take place if enough sponsorship money has been raised. Keep an eye on the their website for details.
The screenings start Sunday July 11 until Sunday Aug. 22 with movies yet to be announced.
Union Summer film screening series
Location: Union Station front courtyard
The summer market at Union Station is back this summer (yay!) and they're growing operations with a Wednesday night free film screening series. Very little information is available as of yet, but stay tuned as we'll be posting updated info as it comes in.
ONE NIGHT ONLY
Film Night at Trinity Bellwoods Park (June 22)
Watch a movie in the dog bowl at Trinity Bellwoods! Please, just watch where you sit down first. At 7:30 p.m. catch a series of National Film Board shorts from the Best of the Best: Especially for Kids series. There'll also be food from Scoop Shop, Odile Chocolate and The Pie Commission.
The open-air festival celebrates indie film and live music starting June 21 and closing shop with two back-to-back screenings on August 23 and 24. Every Tuesday there will be a musical performance followed by a film screening once the sun has set. Tickets are $15.
Did I clumsily miss a free outdoor film screening in Toronto this summer? Let us know in the comments.
Photo from the Christie Pits Film Fest Facebook page.
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