Five Of The Best Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings

Stars under the stars.

When the weather’s great, it seems a waste to spend three hours indoors watching a movie. But epic blockbusters just aren’t as epic when shrunk down to the size of your iPhone screen.

The solution?  Outdoor movie screenings. 

Here’s our pick of five of the best nationwide and what to watch, from cult classics to sing-along showstoppers, all either free or ‘pay-what-you-can’.  

Most start at sundown, so bring a lawn chair or blanket, break out the snacks and get set for some twilight camera action.

Ottawa, ON

80’s and 90’s nostalgists need to head for the nation’s capital this summer.  Not only can you get misty-eyed about classics like BIG, Bill & Ted or The Princess Bride, you can do so at cool venues right across the city, from Beachwood Cemetery to the Westboro FUSE Street Festival.

Watch This: Back To The Future II, Sept 6, Beachwood Cemetery – Hoverboards and phone booths: what 2015 could have been…

Halifax, NS

Are you a dancing queen?  Can you do the Fandango?  Then you’ll love Halifax’s ‘Summer of Sing-Alongs’ series.  Take your pick from Mamma Mia, Grease, Rocky Horror or Bohemian Rhapsody and sing like no-one’s listening.

Watch This: Mamma Mia, Jun 21, Le Village, West Pubnico – Worried you’re out of tune?  Don’t stress, Pierce Brosnan’s doing it worse.

Victoria, BC

Victoria has several screens, at venues like Bullen and Beacon Hill parks, showing some family movie gold.  Think Poppins, Doubtfire and velociraptors in kitchens.  At Bullen Park, there’s even free kid-friendly entertainment beforehand.  Donate if you can – all proceeds go to support local services.

Watch This: Top Gun, Jul 10, Bullen Park.  Fast planes, Ray-Bans and slow-motion beach volleyball – Enough said.

Toronto, ON

Toronto 2019 is all about twosomes.  The Toronto Outdoor Picture Show is screening a series of movies featuring Hollywood’s most dynamic duos.  Buddies, rivals and doppelgangers, all blown up to monster size on TOPS’ giant inflatable screen.  There’s even a Canadian-made short film shown before each screening.

Watch This: Rafiki, Jun 30, Christie Pits Park.  A stunning movie, and – paired with the shorts I Like Girls and Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls – a fitting end to Pride month.

Vancouver, BC

For a showroom with a view, the waterfront in Vancouver is tough to beat.  Mix some of the past year’s biggest movies, like Captain Marvel and Crazy Rich Asians, with classics like Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, all against the backdrop of the sun setting over Vancouver Harbour.

Watch This: Elf, Aug 1, Canada Place – Because nothing says summer like a good Christmas movie…

And that’s a wrap.