Where to See Free Movies in Toronto this Summer

Grab a blanket, get some snacks, gather up your family and enjoy a night out at the movies under the stars – for free.

If you’re not sure what to do with the family or if you’re out of ideas on what to do with friends, why not catch a flick? We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill local movie theatre, we’re talking about catching your favourite movie under the stars, sprawled out on your blanket with your own snacks in hand. From themed series, family-friendly films to the nostalgic classics, all summer long; Toronto is offering free outdoor movie screenings in some of your local parks for your own enjoyment.

Check out some of the screenings available below:

The Harbourfront Centre

Every Wednesday evening in the summer, the Harbourfront Centre plays a series of family-friendly outdoor films. Films begin after sundown, between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
July 27 – The Mighty Quinn
August 3 – The Last Dragon
August 10 – The Good Lie
August 17 – Chef
August 24 – Sense and Sensibility
August 31 – Audience Choice (Gravity, The King’s Speech or Slumdog Millionaire)

Bollywood Classics Series

What truly shaped the multi-billion dollar industry in Bollywood are the classics, and now you can get a taste of where it all started. This film series gives the viewer the chance to see the birth of Bollywood films and how it has shaped this industry to today.

Held at the Aga Khan Museum, all screenings are outdoor and family-friendly. Films begin at 9:00 pm, from June 11 to August 13. Check their website to see the entire list of featured films.

Sail-in Cinema

In the evening, Sugar Beach at 25 Dockside Drive transforms into an outdoor movie theatre, making it Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre event. Whether you choose to watch from the comfort of your blanket, recliner, or boat in the harbor, the two-sided screen floating in the water makes this free movie night truly epic.

Films begin after sundown between, August 18th to 20th.

This year’s Sail-In Cinema theme is, “Books to Big Screen”. Audiences of all ages will have the opportunity to experience – or re-experience – their favourite stories.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
August 18 – Hook
August 19 – Jumanji
August 20 – The Princess Bride

City Cinema

Yonge and Dundas Square continues its tradition strong with movie showings every week in the summer. All films are free and are filmed outside after sundown.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
July 26 – Spaceballs and Blazing Saddles
August 2 – Stripes
August 9 – Wayne’s World and the Ladies Man
August 16 – There’s Something About Mary
August 23 – Tommy Boy
August 30 – Airplane! And Dracula: Dead and Loving It

St. James Park

St. James Park rolls out film screenings on the last Thursday of every month.
Films begin after sundown, at approximately 9:00 pm.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
July 28 – Inside Out
August 25 – A Hard Day’s Night

Pasta al Dente, Film al Fresco

Little Italy serves up a show and a movie with the neighbourhood’s outdoor screening of Italian cinema. You get a real taste of the inspiration that pairs perfectly with the food you are eating in each region. Films begin after sundown and are outside.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
August 13 – The stuff of Dreams (La stoffa dei sogni)

Movie nights at Mississauga

The Mississauga Celebration Square hosts several films, great for the entire family to settle in front of the big screen on a big comfy blanket and watch a family favourite.
Films begin after sundown, around 8:00 pm every Thursday evening.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
July 28 – Inside Out
August 4 – The Peanuts Movie
August 11 – Zootopia
August 18 – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
August 25 – The Good Dinosaur
September 1 – Divergent Series: Allegiant

Regent Park

Hosted by Regent Park Film Festival, the Park welcomes everyone from all ages to enjoy a free outdoor summer screening of the classics. Films begin at 7:00pm, from July 13 to August 24.

Regardless of rain, the show must go on, so plan ‘b’ is in Daniels Spectrum at 585 Dundas Street East.

Here’s what’s playing this summer:
July 27 – Jab We Met
August 3 – The Jungle Book
August 10 – Pather Panchali
August 17 – Boy
August 24 – Purple Rain

Is there anywhere else you can watch free movies in Toronto? Let us know in the comment section below.

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