Every summer there are numerous free outdoor movies each week in the Lower Mainland including at Stanley Park, Canada Place and throughout Metro Vancouver.
Other venues include locations on the North Shore as well as in Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Tsawwassen and the Fraser Valley, with many of the shows put on by Fresh Air Cinema and sponsored by various organizations.
Free Outdoor Movies in Vancouver
At each outdoor movie location spectators are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs, plus snacks and picnics for those that want.
Below is a list of the 2017 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. If you want a list of movies in chronological order, then check out our Free Outdoor Movies.
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.
Note: All movies, times and locations are subject to change.
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. Free seating is available for up to 5,000 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Premium VIP seating is also available with advance reservations for about $20 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 movie lineup for 2017 is the following (with all films starting at dusk):
- July 4 – The Lego Batman Movie (G)
- July 11 – The Goonies (PG)
- July 18 – Toy Story (G)
- July 25 – National Lampoon’s Vacation (G)
- August 1 – Beauty & the Beast (G)
- August 8 – Jaws (PG)
- August 15 – Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets (PG)
- August 22 – Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol 2) (PG)
Click Stanley Park Summer 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 open in July until 8:45 pm, and in August until between 8 and 8:30 pm.
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. 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.
2017 Harmony Arts Outdoor Movies
In 2017 the free outdoor movies at West Vancouver’s John Lawson Park include the following:
- Hidden Figures (2016) – on Friday, August 4th
- Jurassic Park (1993) – on Saturday, August 5th
- Zootopia (2016) – on Sunday, August 6th
- From Russia with Love (1963) – on Monday, August 7th
- E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – on Tuesday, August 8th
- In the Heat of the Night (1967) – on Wednesday, August 9th
- My Cousin Vinny (1992) – on Thursday, August 10th
- Moulin Rouge (2001) – on Friday, August 11th
- The Martian (2015) – on Saturday, August 12th
Check out the Harmony Arts Festival website for more information.
North Vancouver Outdoor Movies
The City and City Library of North Vancouver present Family Movies in the Plaza, with a series of four films outdoors at the Civic Library at 120 West 14th Street every second Friday in July and August. 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.
North Van 2017 Movie Schedule
Movies scheduled for outside the North Vancouver Civic Library in 2017 include the following:
- The Never Ending Story – Teen Movie night on Friday, July 7th, at 9:30 pm.
- The Secret Life of Pets – on Friday, July 21st, at 9:30 pm.
- The Lego Movie – on Friday, August 4th, at 8:45 pm.
- Moana – on Friday, August 18th, at 8:20 pm.
TIP: Friday evenings are also when North Vancouver’s Shipyard Night Market takes place. Consider making a day out of your trip and take in some music before the movie, or do some outdoor exploring in nature on the North Shore.
Burnaby Free Outdoor Movies
Free Outdoor Movies in Burnaby take place outside the Bob Prittie Library – Metrotown Branch at the corner of Kingsborough and MacKay on Thursday evenings in August starting at 8:30 pm.
2017 dates include August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 and the shows take place rain or shine.
Here’s what’s showing in 2017:
- August 3 – Moana
- August 10 – Stars (in Mandarin with English subtitles)
- August 17 – Beauty and the Beast
- August 24 – The Secret Life of Pets
- August 31 – Toy Story
Click Burnaby Outdoor Movie Series for further details.
- July 1 – Beauty & the Beast:– shows at 9:15 pm on Canada Day at Fort Langley as part of the historic site’s Canada Day celebrations.
- July 7 – La La Land: at Douglas Park at 20550 Douglas Crescent in Langley.
- August 12 – Jaws: a film you can watch while you swim, float and dive in the pool at Al Anderson Memorial Pool at 4949 207th Street from 8 to 10 pm. Cost is $5.
- August 18 – Moana: at Douglas Park at 20550 Douglas Crescent in Langley.
New Westminster Movies
New Westminster’s Outdoor Summer Movie Series takes place at Queen’s Park Stadium at the corner of 1st Street and 3rd Avenue on Fridays. Gates open at 7 pm and the movies start at dusk (so around 9 pm plus or minus).
2017 movies in New West are the following:
- July 7 – The Goonies
- July 14 – Footloose
- July 21 – Dirty Dancing
- July 28 – Hook
- August 4 – Toy Story
- August 11 – Finding Dory
- August 18 – Sing
- August 25 – Lego Batman
Richmond Free Outdoor Movies
Starlight Theatre Drive-in Movies at Lansdowne Centre at 5300 No. 3 Road (by the Lansdowne Canada Line SkyTrain station) features free drive-in parking for up to 200 vehicles on a first-come, first-served basis, plus lots of space for people to set up their lawn chairs.
Starlight Theatre Drive-in Movies in 2017 take place on Wednesday evenings and include the following:
- July 5 – Top Gun
- July 12 – Beauty & the Beast
- July 19 – Sing
- July 26 – Jurassic Park I
- August 2 – La La Land
- August 9 – 10 Things I Hate About You
- August 16 – Rocky
- August 23 – Moana
- August 30 – Grease
Surrey Outdoor Movies
Outdoor Movie Nights in Cloverdale show at sunset on Fridays in the summer in Cloverdale at either Don Christian Park (at 6220 184th Street) or Katzie Elementary School (at 6887 194A Street), with live entertainment and family games starting each evening at 8:00 pm.
The 2017 schedule for Outdoor Movie Nights in Cloverdale is the following:
At Don Christian Recreation Centre
- July 7 – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
- July 21 – Trolls
- August 4 – Tangled
- August 18 – UP
At Katzie Elementary School
- July 14 – Beauty & The Beast
- July 28 – The Incredibles
- August 11 – Shrek
- August 25 – Sing
Movies at Holland Park is another series of outdoor movies that take place each year 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, with proceeds going to charity.
2017 films at Holland Park include the following:
- August 5 – Lego Batman
- August 12 – Sing
- August 19 – Moana
- August 26 – Beauty & the Beast
Canada Place Waterfront Cinema
Most years Waterfront Cinema takes place on Thursday evenings at the far north end of the promenade deck at Canada Place and features a variety of films, including most starring at least one Canadian actor. The outdoor movie screen at Canada Place is also one of the largest in the Lower Mainland.
Below is the list of movies showing in 2017:
- La La Land – July 27: the romantic musical comedy starring Emma Stone and Canadian Ryan Gosling shows at around 9 pm.
- Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom – August 3: the 1984 movie starring Harrison Ford starts at around 8:55 pm.
- Trolls – August 10: the computer-animated movie begins at around 8:40 pm. Rated PG.
- Miss Congeniality – August 17: the comedy stars Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine and begins at around 8:30 pm.
- Wayne’s World – August 24: the 1992 comedy features Dana Carvey and Canadian Mike Myers and begins at around 8:15 pm.
- The Sound of Music – August 31: the musical stars Julie Andrews and Canadian Christopher Plummer. Show time is at around 8’clock.
Click Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place for more information.
TIP: Go early to reserve your spot, and seriously consider taking public transit. Waterfront Station is just a couple of blocks away, and from there you can get to and from virtually anywhere eventually.
Other Free Outdoor Movie Locations
- Movie Under the Stars – an outdoor film in Squamish’s Junction Park at 37950 Cleveland Avenue as part of the Squamish Wind Festival. The film starts at dusk but family-friendly activities run from 6:00 until 9:30 pm. Feature film to be determined (July 28, 2017).
- Outdoor Movie at Westbrook – the movie Beauty & the Beast shows at UBC’s Westbrook Village at 3378 Wesbrook Mall at 8:45 pm (August 23, 2017).
For a list of the above movies organized by date, click Free Outdoor Movies Schedule.