Looking for awesome places to watch outdoor movies for free this summer?
We’ve got you covered. Have a look at our comprehensive list of places to view movies under the stars, and don’t forget to bring your blanket or a lawn chair.
Waterfront Cinema Canada Place
Waterfront Cinema Canada Place offers family-friendly blockbuster movies by the water and under the stars all summer long in Vancouver. Starting Thursday, July 11, guests may enjoy a litany of features including Captain Marvel, Crazy Rich Asians, Shazam and many more. The showings run until Thursday, Aug 23. and the movies begin at dusk.
When: Every Thursday at dusk from July 11 – Aug. 29
Where: North Point, Canada Place
Summer Cinema Stanley Park
The Evo Summer Cinema Series returns to Second Beach in Stanley Park this summer for another season of movies under the stars. They offer free space on the Grand Lawn at Ceperley Meadow for up to 5,000 people every night, and you don’t need a reservation. The series started on Tuesday, July 4, and guests may enjoy a variety of films through the summer including Shrek, Sleepless in Seattle, Moulin Rouge and Jurassic Park.
When: Every Tuesday at dusk from July 4 – Aug. 27
Where: Second beach in Stanley Park
Summer Movie Nights
In addition to free outdoor movies, Summer Movie Nights will play host to LED light-up swings, a gigantic Jenga set and different food trucks at every screening, all hosted from the North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery. There will also be special activations per screening, like photo booths, red carpets and some super fun surprise activities,
When: July 3 – August 21 starting between 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (depending on sunset)
Where: North Plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery | 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
Family Movie Nights in the Plaza
Hundreds of families will congregate in North Vancouver’s Civic Plaza to enjoy a number of family-friendly favourites such as A Wrinkle in Time, Lego Movie 2, and Despicable Me 3. Before the movie begins guests may partake in a number of activities that include piano sing-alongs, face painting and entertainment. The Library Teen Advisory Council runs a concession with popcorn, chips & drinks.
When: July 19 – September 6 at sunset
Where: Civic Plaza, Civic Place Mews, North Vancouver
Sunset Cinema Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza
Sunset Cinema takes place on Wednesdays throughout the summer at the outdoor plaza at 630 Hamilton Street and features a selection of popular flicks including: Crazy Rich Asians, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and Dumbo. Doggos are welcome, and guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and pillows. Arrive early to reserve a spot.
When: July 17 – August 21 starting at sunset
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 650 Hamilton Street | šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza.
Harmony Arts Festival
Guests may watch a selection of movies in West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park starting at 9 p.m. each night. Some of the films include The Truman Show, Black Panther, Free Solo and more. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
When: Aug. 2 – Aug. 10; films start at 9 p.m.
Where: John Lawson Park | 17th Street, West Vancouver
New Westminster Outdoor Summer Series
All of the New Westminster offerings will be projected on a giant, 16′ inch inflatable movie screen and admission is free. Now, residents can enjoy the first adult-only movie experience in the New Westminster Pier Park on July 26. Extended hours will be available at Eats Concession from 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. with food and liquor sales. They will be showing Bohemian Rhapsody.
Family Movie Nights in Burnaby
Movies take place in Burnaby’s Civic Square and offer a range of features including Mary Poppins Returns, Mary Poppins Returns, Madagascar 3, and The Wizard of Oz (1939). Bring a blanket, find a spot on the lawn and enjoy an outdoor movie at 8:30 PM (rain or shine).
When: Aug. 8 – Aug. 29
Where: Located beside Bob Prittie Library | Metrotown Branch at Kingsborough & MacKay
The Dinner & Drive-In Movie Series at Lansdowne Centre
Lansdowne Centre’s free, annual drive-in movies have returned for the summer. Every Wednesday in July and August, film enthusiasts can pull up to Lansdowne Centre by dusk to watch an old classic or a new release on a massive, four-storey screen. Walk-ins with lawn chairs are also welcome, with the Lansdowne Canada Line station close by.
When: July 3 – Aug. 28
Where: Lansdowne Centre – 5300 No 3 Road, Richmond
Movies at Holland Park
Presented by the Surrey Downtown BIA, guests can enjoy movies under the stars all August long at Surrey’s Holland Park. Summer selections include Space Jam, How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World, Lego Movie 2, and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. Each evening showcases amazing local performers, arts and crafts, games, and other fun activities for everyone to enjoy all at no cost. Activities begin each night at 5:00pm, with the movies themselves getting underway at dusk.
When: Aug. 3 – 24
Where: Holland Park | 13428 Old Yale Road, Surrey