Is there an Outdoor Movie Screening Trend in Toronto

July 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Ontario, Past Events, Toronto, Uncategorized

What is this new trend all about?  Is it a new trend or just more events, the Harbourfront Centre and the CITYTV parking lot have been popular outdoor movie spots. You might have heard about it, and thought it would be a good idea to see one of the many outdoor movie screenings in Toronto this summer.

This is a great way to get out of the indoor a/c pumping theatre and forget Netflix for a night and get out to one of the many outdoors screenings in the city. Enjoy a night out and movies of all kind, from all time classics to more recent movies. Everybody can find their tastes thanks to the growing number of those events downtown.

If an old school drive in is your thing there is the downtown Lakeview Drive in at Polson Pier in the Portlands and Toronto’s only drive in movie theatre. For more info visit

Here’s a list of some the upcoming outdoor movies and their locations:

  • Open Roof Festival

The Open Roof Festival started a few years ago at the Amsterdam Brewery parking lot on Bathurst.  Open Roof Festival is an non profit outdoor music and film festival, highlighting independent filmmakers and artists from Canada and around the world. Each movie night offers live music followed by a film screening at sundown every Thursday on from 7:30 pm. (Tickets: $15)

Location: Moonview Lot next to Corus Quay, 175 Queens Quay E (in case of rain the screening will be moved to  Studio1)

Upcoming screenings:

July 18: Molly Maxwell

July 25: Unhung hero

August 1: Bones Brigade

August 8: Gimme The Loot

August 15: How to make money selling drugs

August 22: Kings of Summer

For more information visit:


  •  Tiff in the park

Every Wednesday TIFF & The Toronto Entertainment District BIA presents FREE outdoors screening of romantics classics

Location: David Pecaut Square

Movie Schedule:

July 17: City Lights – Trailer

July 24: Sleepless in Seattle – Trailer

July 31: The way we were – Trailer

August 7: Clueless – Trailer

August 14: Sense & Sensibility – Trailer

August 21: Roman Holiday – Trailer

August 23: Rain Date (Open schedule in case of rainy day)

August 28: The Notebook – Trailer

More information on:


  •   Christie Pits Film Festival

Every Sunday in July, the Christie Pits Film Festival broadcast all kind of movies in the natural amphitheatre of Christie Pits Park around 9pm.

Movie selection:

July 14: Gimme Shelter - Trailer

July 20 (Saturday): Shut up and play the hits- Trailer

July 21: Buena Vista Social Club – Trailer

July 28: The last waltz – Trailer

For more information visit:


  • City Cinema @ Dundas Square

Enjoy FREE outdoor movie screenings in the central Yonge and Dundas Square. Every Tuesday the movies start at sunset.  Seating available but you can bring your own chair

Upcoming films:

July 16: Anchorman, The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – 9:00pm

July 23: The Napoleon Dynamite (2004) – 9:00pm

July 30: The Goonies (1985) – 8:30pm

August 6: Miller’s Crossing (1990) – 8:30pm

August 13: Strait Jacket AND Mommie Dearest Double Feature (1964) – 7:00pm

August 20: Spaceballs AND Serenity Double Feature (1987) – 7:00pm

More information on the screenings:


  • Free Flicks Harbourfront Centre

Every Wednesday watch FREE movie outdoors by the lake at the West Jet Stage at 9pm, Queens Quay

Movie lineup:

July 17: Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of Were-Rabbit

July 24: Top Secret!

July 31: Street of Fire

August 7: The Triplets of Belleville

August 14: That thing you do!

August 21: Josie and the Pussycats

August 28: Audience Choice – Vote for your favorite movie on the list (see link) and help determine the final Free Flick screening of the summer.

More details on:


  • Movies In The Park at Riverdale Park East

Movies In The Park offers  Sunday Night screenings in Riverdale Park East. In the past they have partnered with charitable organizations to help raise awareness of the organizations and to raise funds through screening sponsors.

July 14 : Top Gun

July 21 : The Goonies

August 4 : E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

August 18 : Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Visit for more details


  • Sail-In Cinema™

Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre event.  The Toronto Port Authority presents Sail-In Cinema™, the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience.

For three summer nights, Canada’s Sugar Beach is transformed.  Movies are shown on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour. You can Watch from a boat or Sugar Beach.


  • Dog Bowl Movie Nights 

It is a Facebook Group  offering discussion and random screening on Thursday during Spring & Summer


  • Junction Movie Night:

Enjoy FREE movies under the stars every second Friday in the Junction BIA this summer.

Location:  the Junction Train platform (Dundas St. West / Pacific Ave.)

Time: 9:30pm.

Movie line up:

July 19: Greenwich Village: Music That Changed A Generation (2013)

August 2: Citizen Kane (1941)

August 16: The Fruit Hunters (2012)

August 30: Audience Choice! – VOTE NOW

Want to know more about each movie go to:


  • Open Screening Under The Stars

Saturday, July 20, 9:00 PM

@ Courtyard, 401 Richmond Street West

Members and audience are invited to present any film or video presentations. in this non-curated screening. (Super 8, 16mm, VHS, DVD and Blu-Ray or Quicktime file on disc or flash drive).

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