The best outdoor film screenings in Toronto this summer

Nothing to do on a warm summer night? Grab a lawn chair, fire up the Jiffy Pop and head out at dusk to catch one of the (mostly free!) outdoor film screenings in our city.

Nothing to do on a warm summer night? Grab a lawn chair, fire up the Jiffy Pop and head out at dusk to catch one of the (mostly free!) outdoor film screenings in our city. Here, a breakdown of what’s on offer at Toronto’s best pop-up cinemas.

Christie Pits Film Fest

Sundays at sunset, Christie Pits Park. PWYC.
Roughly 1,000 locals—plenty of them students—fill the grassy slopes of the Annex park’s natural amphitheatre to watch a mix of popular and critical faves.
Bring: A lawn chair and/or blanket, snacks, and $10 (suggested donation).
Watch This: Gravity (June 26), Duel (July 10), The Truman Show (Aug. 7)

 

Sail-In Cinema. Sail-In Cinema.
 Photograph courtesy of Ports Toronto.
Sail-In Cinema

Thursday, August 18 to Saturday, August 20, Sugar Beach. Free.
This three-night stunt event (hey, a floating, double-sided movie screen!) is getting ever more popular—last year’s fest brought a record 11,000 viewers. Landlubbers hang out at Corus Quay and Sugar Beach, while boat owners can anchor in the Harbour and get all the elbow room they want.
Bring: By land, blanket. By boat, hoodie and life jacket. Either way, snacks.
Watch This: The line-up is up to a fan vote, but options are still under wraps (the trailer above is a humble suggestion).

 

City Cinema

Tuesday nights, Yonge-Dundas Square. Free.
Tourists, randos and comedy lovers who can ignore the Square’s dozen other video screens will enjoy a weekly series that focuses on laugh-heavy classics with Canadian actors.
Bring: Money for food and drinks. Chairs are provided.
Watch This: Bridesmaids (June 28), Coming to America (July 5), Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Jerk (July 19; double bill)

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