I 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.
City 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)
Free Flicks: Harbourfront – Wednesdays
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 Park: A Summer of Romance – Wednesdays
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 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
Movies 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
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 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.