Monday, June 23, 2014

A Summer of Movies Under the Stars!

Toronto has one drive in theatre...and it lacks the lustre or the imagery we all have of parking on a lawn and watching a movie under the stars!



To make up for it...every summer a series of parks and venues have been playing classic/retro films outdoors! 
Not everything featured is considered classic/retro...but you can make it (as with everything) as vintage as you want!  So grab your blankets and picnic baskets and head out to watch some movies under the stars! 




Let's GO - East to West!


Movies in the Park - Riverdale Park East

Here are the dates but not all the movies have been announced, keep checking their website for updates!


  • Sunday July 13 - King Kong vs Godzilla
  • Sunday July 27
  • Sunday August 3
  • Sunday August 17

East Lynn Park (Danforth/Woodbine)

  • Thursday July 17th:  Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Under The Stars - Regent Park Film Festival


  • Wed, June 18: Omar, co-presented with Toronto International Film Festival
  • Wed, June 25: Empire of Dirt, co-presented with imagineNative Media + Arts Festival
  • Wed, July 2: Kidnapped for Christ, co-presented with Inside Out Film Festival
  • Wed, July 9: Linsanity, co-presented with Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
  • Wed, July 16: Blood Brother, co-presented with Open Roof Fest and Toronto Youth Shorts
  • Wed, July 23: The Lunchbox, co-presented with Diaspora Film Festival
  • Wed, July 30: Luv, co-presented with CityLife Film Project
  • Wed, August 6: Short Term 12, co-presented with Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival
  • Wed, August 13: Mooz-Lum, co-presented with ReelWorld Film Festival
  • Wed, August 20: Made in America, co-presented with Manifesto


  • June 25: Marry Poppins (1964)
  • Fri, July 11: Captain America
  • Fri, July 25: Sister Act
  • Fri, August 8: Alfred Hitchcock's - I Confess (1953)
  • Fri, August 22: Lego Movie

Sail In Cinema (Sugar Beach/Port Authority)

  • Movies TBC - VOTING is on NOW.  There are lots of great classics so please do vote!


  • June 26: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert + free drag show
  • Mon, July 21: The Lego Movie
  • Thurs, August 28: TBD

City Cinema - Yonge and Dundas Square


  • June 24: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Tues, July 8:  Trainspotting
  • Tues, July 15: National Lampoon's Vacation
  • Tues, July 22: Little Miss Sunshine
  • Tues, July 29: Almost Famous
  • Tues, August 5 : The Italian Job (1969)

TIFF in the Park - King and Simcoe


  • Wed, July 2: Waiting for Guffman
  • Wed, July 9: 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Wed, July 16: Billy Elliot
  • Wed, July 23: Searching for Sugar Man
  • Wed, July 30: Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • Wed, August 6: Pina
  • Wed, August 13: A Star Is Born
  • Wed, August 20: Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
  • Wed, August 27: Pitch Perfect

Free Flicks - Harbourfront Theatre


  • Wed, July 2: Mean Girls
  • Wed, July 9: Bend it Like Beckham
  • Wed, July 16: Clueless
  • Wed, July 23: Caramel
  • Wed, July 30: Desk Set
  • Wed, August 6: Kissing Jessica Stein
  • Wed, August 13: In a World...
  • Wed, August 20: Funny Girl (1968)

Cultura Festival - Mel Lastman Square

Here are the dates but not all the movies have been announced, keep checking their website for updates!


  • Fri, July 4
  • Fri, July 11
  • Fri, July 18
  • Fri, July 25

Open Roof Festival (99 Sudbury, $15)


  • Thurs, June 19: Enemy
  • Thurs, June 25: The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Thurs, July 3: Bad Words
  • Thurs, July 10: Locke
  • Thurs, July 17: Frank
  • Thurs, July 24: Ping Pong Summer
  • Thurs, July 31: 20 Feet from Stardom
  • Thurs, August 7: The Grand Seduction

Christie Pits Film Festival


  • Sun, July 6: A League Of Their Own
  • Sun, July 13: Les Vacances De Monsieur Hulot
  • Sun, July 20: Stand By Me (1986 does 1959)
  • Sun, July 27: Rear Window (1954)
  • Sun, August 3: Twister
  • Sun, August 10: Moonrise Kingdom, Record, Echo Beach

The movies have not been announced, keep checking their website for updates!

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