Guide to Outdoor Movies in Toronto this Summer

Pick a Flick

Looking to make the most of your movie-going experience? Why cram yourself into those tight cinema seats, or suffer the indignity of obnoxious popcorn-munchers and oblivious texters invading your space? Did you know that you can revel in that same cinematic glow while sumptuously basking under the big black sky? Let the breeze whip through your hair as you revisit silver-screen classics and big budget blockbusters this summer. Here are a few outdoor spots in the city to get your watch on.
 

CHRISTIE PITS FILM FESTIVAL

WHEN: Every Sunday from June 26 – August 28 (at sundown – unless otherwise noted)
WHERE: Christie Pits Park
HOW MUCH: Free / PWYC

The annual tradition is back. The expansive Christie Pits Park plays host to a 9-evening series of films entitles Stranded in Christie Pits! Film fans can sink their teeth into a diverse catalogue of classics ranging from Spielberg’s early work “Duel” to Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet”

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SAIL-IN CINEMA

WHEN: August 18 – 20
WHERE: Sugar Beach @ 25 Dockside Drive
HOW MUCH: FREE

Toronto’s largest outdoor theater event—and site of the world’s only two sided floating movie screen—is back for another successful season. Pull up a chair, or watch from the comfort of your own yacht as classic cinema makes its triumphant return to the waterfront. Visit the website for a full schedule of titles (TBD).

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HARBOURFRONT CENTRE

WHEN: Every Wednesday from June 22 – August 31 (starting between 8:30pm and 9pm)
WHERE: Harbourfront Centre – 235 Queens Quay West
HOW MUCH: FREE

Hump day just got a little bit more bearable. Visit Harbourfront Centre each Wednesday this summer for a fantastic series of FREE outdoor fun. This year’s lineup includes classics like Sense & Sensibility, The Last Dragon, and Mean Girls; the last day, August 31, features a surprise audience choice title.


 

OPEN ROOF FESTIVAL

WHEN: Dates TBD
WHERE: 99 Sudbury Street (Queen Street West & Dovercourt Road)
HOW MUCH:

Toronto’s premier not for profit, outdoor music and film festival returns this year with a vengeance, running from June 21 through August 24th. Highlighting the best in independent Canadian filmmakers and artists, this unique rooftop party, perched atop the hip 99 Sudbury event space, is a culmination of experiences, refreshments, friends and fun. Check out this year’s lineup.


 

POLSON PIER

WHEN: Friday – Sunday
WHERE: 176 Cherry Street
HOW MUCH: $15 – $25

Your summertime destination for new releases and a carload size of fun. Cruise down to the docks and take in a show at this bona fide drive-in theater. Admission is standard, however, Sunday visitors pay per car ($25), so stock up!

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UNDER THE STARS: MOVIES IN THE PARK

WHEN: Every Wednesday from July 13 – August 17 (at sundown – weather permitting)
WHERE: Regent Park – 620 Dundas Street East
HOW MUCH: FREE

A six-week outdoor screening series in the east end. Bring a blanket and cozy up under the stars with great people and great flicks. Come early (5:30pm – 8:30pm) and experience Taste of Regent Park—a community event showcasing food, art and neighbourhood culture.


 

CITY CINEMA

WHEN: Every Tuesday (starting at 9pm)
WHERE: Yonge + Dundas Square
HOW MUCH: FREE

With its convenient location, City Cinema’s annual event is the perfect opportunity to catch an outdoor flick. Whether you make it a destination, or you happen to be making your way home from work, the ginormous screen will be an un-missable draw for your evening. Stay tuned for this summer’s lineup.

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(Main photo by: Christie Pits Film Festival)