Movies Al Fresco: Free Outdoor Movies in Toronto

tiff-in-the-parkI watch a movie almost every weekend. Whether it’s in the theatre or at home, I love getting lost in a story. But with summer being as short as it is, I also want to take advantage of the outdoors, the warm weather and all that Toronto has to offer in the summer as much as possible. Last year the Harbourfront Centre solved my dilemma with their free weekly screenings at the WestJet Stage. It was one of my favourite things to do last summer. Given that Harbourfront Centre is just a short walk from my house, the location was perfect. I settled in with my warm hoody and take-out Thai food from a nearby restaurant to watch Moneyball under the stars.

This year, Harbourfront Centre has done it again, but that’s not the only outdoor venue offering free flicks under the stars. There are many locations around the city like Yonge-Dundas Square, David Pecaut Square (across from TIFF Bell Lightbox) and more. Whether you’re into action, comedy, drama, it’s all there. Here is my list of free film screenings offered all over our great city.

outdoor-movies-yonge-dundasCity Cinema: Cult Classics  – Tuesdays

Location: South East Corner of Yonge & Dundas

9 July @ 9:00pm – Edward Scissorhands (1990)

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

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

30 July @ 8:30pm – The Goonies (1985)

Harbourfront MoviesFree Flicks: Harbourfront – Wednesdays

Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

July 10 @ 9:00pm – Galaxy Quest

July 17 @ 9:00pm – Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

July 24 @ 9:00pm – Top Secret!

July 31 @ 9:00pm – Streets of Fire

August 7 @ 9:00pm – The Triplets of Belleville

August 14 @ 9:00pm – That Thing You Do!

August 21 @ 9:00pm – Josie and the Pussycats

August 28 @ 9:00pm – Audience Choice

tiff-in-the-parkTIFF In the Park: A Summer of Romance – Wednesdays

Location: King St. West and Simcoe St., David Pecaut Square 

July 10 @ 9:15 PM – Moonstruck

July 17 @ 9:15 PM – City Lights

July 24 @ 9:15 PM – Sleepless in Seattle

July 31 @ 9:00 PM – The Way We Were

August 7 @ 9:00 PM – Clueless

August 14 @ 9:00 PM – Sense and Sensibility

August 21@ 8:30 PM – Roman Holiday

August 28 @ 8:30 PM – The Notebook

Junction Movie NightsJunction Movie Nights – Every second Friday in July and August

Location: The Junction Train Platform, Dundas St. West and Pacific Ave.

July 5 @ 9:30 – Double Bill: THINGS TO COME ( 1934 ) and MANBORG (2011) including a special appearance by movie director Steven Kostanski

July 19 @ 9:30 – Greenwich Village: Music That Changed A Generation (2013)

August 2 @ 9:30 – Citizen Kane ( 1941)

August 16 @ 9:30 – The Fruit Hunters (2012)

August 30 @ 9:30 – Audience choice

Riverdale ParkMovies in the Park – Riverdale Park East – Sundays

Location: 550 Broadview Ave.

July 7 @ “when it’s dark” – Top Gun

July 21 @ “when it’s dark” – Goonies

Aug 4 @ “when it’s dark” – ET the Extra Terrestrial

Aug 18 @ “when it’s dark” – Ferris Beuller’s Day Off

Christie PitsChristie Pits Film Festival: Hits in the Pits – Sundays

Location: Christie Pits Park

July 7 @ 9PM – That Thing You Do!

July 14 @ 9PM – Gimme Shelter

July 21 @ 9PM – Buena Vista Social Club

July 28 @ 9PM – The Last Waltz

Sail-In BeachSail-In Cinema – Movies and dates TBD

Location: Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive

For three summer nights in August, Canada’s Sugar Beach is transformed into an outdoor theatre. Movies are shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour. Watch movies for free from the water, or pull up a sandcastle and watch from the beach. Great fun.

2 thoughts on “Movies Al Fresco: Free Outdoor Movies in Toronto

    • Had a look at your page. Great to know, thanks! There’s been a lot of interest in outdoor movie nights in quite a few Toronto neighbourhoods. CityPlace is currently looking into it. Good to know services like yours make it easy. Cheers!

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