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Vancouver Summer Outdoor Movies

Outdoor Summer Movies

Every summer there are free outdoor movies at venues like Canada Place, Stanley Park, downtown Vancouver and across the Lower Mainland.


Outdoor movies often take place at the following locations:

Stanley Park | Vancouver Art GalleryBurnaby | Queen Elizabeth Plaza | White Rock | Richmond | Abbotsford | Langley | New Westminster | North VancouverSquamish | Surrey | West Vancouver | Other Locations

Click on any of the above links to jump to movie information for a specific part of town, or continue reading to learn about all Metro Vancouver outdoor movie locations.


Note: If you want a list of movies in chronological order instead, click Free Outdoor Movies.


Free Outdoor Movies in the Lower Mainland

At each outdoor movie location spectators are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs, plus snacks and picnics for those that want them. The exception are any drive-in movies, where the organizers might want people to stay in their vehicles.

Below are some locations that are showing or are likely to show movies in 2022. Details are as of mid-June.


Stanley Park Summer Cinema

Stanley Park Summer Cinema is a series of free outdoor movie showings that take place at Second Beach in Stanley Park from early July until late August. It didn’t happen in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic, but it returns this year!

Free seating is typically available for up to 5,000 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Premium VIP seating is also available with advance reservations for between about $20 and $35 per person, although spaces are limited.

Stanley Park Summer Cinema movies all start at dusk on Tuesday evenings on one of the largest outdoor screens in the Lower Mainland.

The 2022 schedule is the following (with all films starting at dusk):

  • July 5, 2022 – Lion King (1994, PG)
  • July 12, 2022 – Zoolander (2001, PG)
  • July 19, 2022 – Top Gun (1986, PG)
  • July 26, 2022 – Jurassic Park (1993, PG)
  • August 2, 2022Spice World (1997, PG)
  • August 9, 2022 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986, PG)
  • August 16, 2022 – Dirty Dancing (1987, PG)
  • August 23, 2022 – Grease (1978, PG)

Click Stanley Park Outdoor Cinema for more information.

TIP: Make a day of the experience – Stanley Park’s seawall is wonderful to walk or cycle around beforehand, and the Second Beach outdoor swimming pool is usually open until around dusk in July and August.


In years when there isn’t a pandemic, Summer Movie Nights in the Square take place at the ????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery on the 800 block of Georgia Street.

Pre-show activities start at around 4:00 pm and films begin at around 9:00 pm in 2022. Below is the lineup for this year. The movies return on almost every Thursday in July and August.

  • July 7, 2022 – Mean Girls
  • July 14, 2022Jumanji
  • July 21, 2022Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • July 28, 2022Moulin Rouge
  • August 4, 2022Space Jam
  • August 11, 2022Jurassic Park
  • August 18, 2022 – TBD

For more information check out Downtown Vancouver Movie Night.


Burnaby Free Outdoor Movies

Free Outdoor Movies in Burnaby often take place outside the Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at the corner of Kingsborough and MacKay (at 6100 Willingdon Avenue) on Friday evenings in August starting at 8:30 pm.

2022 dates include August 12th, 19th and 26th as well as September 2nd. Below is the outdoor movie lineup for this year:

  • Friday, August 12, 2022Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Friday, August 19, 2022Paddington 2
  • Friday, August 26, 2022Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Friday, September 2, 2022 – Ron’s Gone Wrong

In addition to the above films in Metrotown, the following movie also happens at Edmonds Park at 7433 Humphries Avenue:

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022The Lego Movie

Click Burnaby Outdoor Movie Series for further details about these events.


North Vancouver Outdoor Movies

Free outdoor movies show at various locations around North Vancouver most summers. Below are details for 2022.


Cates Deck (in 2022)

The new Deckchair Cinema series takes place on Cates Deck in North Vancouver’s Shipyards District in 2022. The movies are free to attend and preceded by live music from DJs. Below is the schedule for this year:

  • June 23, 2022 Carts of Darkness 
  • June 30, 2022 Cleo from 5 to 7 
  • July 7, 2022 – Persepolis
  • July 14, 2022 – Smoke Signals 
  • July 21, 2022 – Enter the Dragon 
  • July 28, 2022 – Hairspray
  • August 4, 2022 – Summer of Soul 
  • August 11, 2022 – Paprika

To learn more about the above movies and their venue see our article about Deckchair Cinema.


Movies at City Hall Plaza

The City and City Library of North Vancouver present Family Movies in the Plaza at the Civic Library at 120 West 14th Street. The screen size is smaller here than at Stanley Park and Canada Place, and it’s a slightly cozier atmosphere with only a couple of hundred North Shore spectators most nights.

The movie nights at the plaza return in 2022 but on a smaller scale than pre-pandemic.

  • July 8, 2022 – Sing 2


New Westminster Outdoor Movies

There was a free outdoor movie night in Westminster Pier Park to celebrate the park’s 10th anniversary. Future outdoor movie nights in the city are TBC as of mid-June.

  • June 17, 2022 – Spider-Man: No Way Home


Sunset Cinema at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza

Outdoor movies show in the plaza outside the Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 650 Hamilton Street, now named šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn Plaza. They did not happen though in 2020 or 2021.

2022 films and dates are the following (all screenings at 8:30 pm):

  • August 3rd – TBD
  • August 17th – TBD
  • August 24th – TBD
  • August 31st – TBD

Click Sunset Cinema for more information.


Movies at Semiahmoo Park in White Rock

A few movies take place at Semiahmoo Park in White Rock in 2022.

These movies are not free. Tickets cost $25 per vehicle at the gate. Proceeds from these movies go to Semiahmoo Minor Hockey. The park is located at 15782 Marine Drive.

  • July 16, 2022 Peter Rabbit
  • July 23, 2022 Grease
  • July 30, 2022 Jumanji: Welcome the Jungle


Richmond Outdoor Movies

The following were all drive-in movies hosted in the Lansdowne Centre parking lot at 5300 No. 3 Road in Richmond. 2022 movies are TBC.

  • August 5, 2021 – Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker
  • August 12, 2021 – Avengers: Endgame
  • August 19, 2021 – Raya & The Last Dragon
  • August 26, 2021 – National Treasure
  • September 2, 2021 – Knives Out
  • September 9, 2021 – Jumanji
  • September 16, 2021 – Mulan


Abbotsford Agrifair (in 2021)

The movies at the Abbotsford Agrifair are entirely free, but still require a reservation. The fair takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park at 32470 Haida Drive. 2022 movies are TBC.

  • July 30, 2021 – Jurassic Park
  • July 31, 2021 – Back to the Future
  • August 1, 2021 – Toy Story 4


Lower Mainland Outdoor Movies in 2019

Below is a list of the 2019 outdoor movie lineup at various locations throughout Metro Vancouver, with shows all starting at dusk unless otherwise stated. The list is organized by location, and then by date within each location. 2022 details will likely be similar.

Again, if you want a list of movies in chronological order, then click Free Outdoor Movies Listing.

Before listing the movie lineup at the various locations around the Lower Mainland, here are a couple of tips to help you make the most out of your experience.

TIP #1: Go early and put your blanket down or lawn chairs out to reserve your spot, and also to find parking (which can be a challenge).

TIP #2: Unless the evenings are unusually hot, take a sweater and/or a blanket to keep warm. You’ll probably need it by the end of the show on most nights. At some locations, bug spray can be a good idea too.

Note: All movies, times and locations were subject to change.


Queen Elizabeth Plaza Movie Night
Sunset Cinema in the QE Theatre Plaza


Abbotsford Free Outdoor Movies

Below is a list of 2019 events in Abbotsford:

  • August 8th, 2019ET played in Abbotsford at the Rotary Stadium.
  • August 15th, 2019 – Monsters Inc. played in Abbotsford at the Rotary Stadium.
  • August 22nd, 2019 The Goonies played in Abbotsford at the Rotary Stadium.

For more information visit the Cinema Under the Stars Facebook page.


Langley Outdoor Movies

Below are events that took place in Langley in 2019:

  • August 23rd, 2019 – Finding Dory will be playing in Langley at Langley City Park. For more information visit the Cinema Under the Stars Facebook page.
  • August 30th, 2019 – Movies in the Park presents A Dog’s Way Home at Douglas Park at 20550 Douglas Crescent. See the City of Langley‘s website for details.


Vancouver Summer Movie Nights
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Squamish Outdoor Movies

A number of outdoor movies take place in Squamish in the summer. Some are free while others are not. There is usually a free outdoor movie in July during the Squamish Wind Festival and another in August during the Squamish Days Loggers Sports Festival.

In 2020 the Squamish Wind Festival was still scheduled to happen, and it was going to host three different outdoor movies. Squamish Days, however, was cancelled. 2021 dates and details are to be confirmed, but the events are unlikely to happen due to COVID-19.

See below for details about each from 2019.

  • Squamish Wind FestivalMary Poppins Returns shows at Junction Park on July 19th, 2019.
  • Squamish Days – a movie shows at Junction Park on August 2nd, 2019 (with film details to be confirmed.)

In addition to the above free films, drive-in theatre-style movies also showed at the West Coast Railway Heritage Park once a month in May, June, July, August, September and October of 2019. The cost for those was $20 per carload (or $5 for people who come by foot).

Movies showing at Squamish’s West Coast Railway Heritage Park in 2019 were the following (with details subject to change):

  • Friday, May 3rd, 2019Mary Poppins
  • Friday, June 7th, 2019How to Train your Dragon 3
  • Friday, July 5th, 2019Captain Marvel
  • Friday, August 2nd, 2019Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Friday, September 6th, 2019Christopher Robin
  • Friday, October 4th, 2019Avengers Endgame


Free Outdoor Concerts


Surrey Outdoor Movies

Movies at Holland Park is another series of outdoor movies that takes place most years at Surrey’s Holland Park at 13428 Old Yale Road not far from Central City mall on Saturday evenings. Each night there is popcorn, hot dogs and burgers available. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to charity.

2019 films at Holland Park included the following:

  • August 3, 2019Space Jam
  • August 10, 2019How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
  • August 17, 2019The Lego Movie 2
  • August 24, 2019Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse


Outdoor Movie Night at Holland Park
Movies at Holland Park


West Vancouver Festival Movies

The Harmony Arts Festival is an arts festival that takes place at the waterfront in West Vancouver in early August each year (although not in 2020 and possibly not in 2021). In addition to concerts and outdoor art, the festival features an outdoor movie each evening starting at around 9 pm.

The Harmony Arts Festival venue stretches from Ambleside Park near the Ambleside Pier all the way to John Lawson Park, which is the location of the nightly movies.

In 2019 the Harmony Arts Festival ran from August 2nd until the 11th.


Harmony Arts Outdoor Movies

The free outdoor movies in 2019 at West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park were the following:

  • August 2, 2019 (Friday) – The Green Book (2018)
  • August 3, 2019 (Saturday) – Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  • August 4, 2019 (Sunday) – The Incredibles 2 (2018)
  • August 5, 2019 (Monday) – Indian Horse (2018)
  • August 6, 2019 (Tuesday) – Free Solo (2018)
  • August 7, 2019 (Wednesday) – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
  • August 8, 2019 (Thursday) – The Truman Show(1998)
  • August 9, 2019 (Friday) – Black Panther (2018)
  • August 10, 2019 (Saturday) – Top Gun (1986)

Check out the Harmony Arts Festival website for more information.


Other Free Outdoor Movie Locations

In addition to all of the above, free films take place at other venues too. See below for other locations.

  • Cinema Under the Stars – on August 24th, 2019, Grease is playing in Mission at Fraser River Heritage Park. On August 29th, 2019, Moana played at Watson Glen Park in Chilliwack. For more information, check out the Cinema Under the Stars website.
  • White Rock Movie Nights – on June 20th, 2019, The Princess Bride played in Memorial Park and on June 27th, 2019, Star Wars IV: A New Hope is playing. For more information visit the Explore White Rock website.
  • Tsawwassen Sun Festival – a 3-day community festival that features a free outdoor drive-in movie in South Delta on August 24th in 2019. The film in that year was Grease.


Free Outdoor Concerts


Other Information

For a list of the above movies organized by date, click Free Outdoor Movies Schedule.

For more things to do during the summer, check out Vancouver’s Best Places’ July or August Calendar of Events.

For a list of free live music venues, click Free Outdoor Concerts.

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