Waterfront Cinema is a series of free summer outdoor movies at Vancouver’s Canada Place on Thursday evenings between mid-July and the end of August.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, outdoor movies at Canada Place didn’t happen for the second consecutive year in 2021. We expect large events to return in 2022 if all goes well, though official details are to be confirmed.
Waterfront Cinema at Canada Place
In 2019 Waterfront Cinema took place on the far northern end of the promenade deck at Canada Place on Thursday evenings from July 11th until August 29th. The event was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The movies at Canada Place usually (but not always) feature at least one prominent Canadian actor and they start at dark, which means sometime between 8 and 9 pm.
Canada Place is located at 999 Canada Place at the waterfront in Downtown Vancouver near the corner of Howe and West Waterfront Street. The venue for the movies is outside at the far northern tip of Canada Place.
Canada Place Movies and Dates
In 2019 Waterfront Cinema took place every Thursday evening from July 11th until August 29th. Show times began between around 8 am and 9 pm depending on when the sun set. For an idea of what to expect in future years check out the films listed below.
(Note: Dates and movie details were subject to change. Films might also be cancelled due to poor weather.)
- July 11, 2019 – Captain Marvel: the newest hero introduced to the Marvel Universe, this film follows Carol Danvers, an air force pilot who gains super powers after a freak accident.
- July 18, 2019 – Crazy Rich Asians: a romantic comedy based on a best-selling book, the story follows Chinese American Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family after which chaos ensues.
- July 25, 2019 – Elf: this film follows Buddy, a child raised by elves, who adventures out into the world to find his real parents.
- August 1, 2019 – Shazam: the story of Billy Batson, a foster kid who is bestowed with super powers which are activated by saying the word Shazam!
- August 8, 2019 – Beauty and the Beast: starring Emma Watson, this classic fairy tale follows Belle on her adventures to save her father and find true love with an unlikely character.
- August 15, 2019 – How to Train your Dragon: The Hidden World: an adventure following Hiccup and Toothless on their journey to find the hidden world of dragons.
- August 22, 2019 – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse: Miles Morales becomes a new Spider-Man and meets many different Spider-Men on his journey through dimensions to save his city.
- August 29, 2019 – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: the adventure that follows Indiana Jones on his quest to find the Holy Grail is again on the big screen.
Tips & Advice
Below is a list of tips to help you make the most out of your Waterfront Cinema experience.
TIP #1: Take a lawn chair to sit on, plus a blanket and warm sweaters to keep warm after the sun goes down.
TIP #2: Arrive early to claim a good spot to sit. It can get pretty crowded, and sometimes people are turned away.
TIP #3: If going in a group, have one person save your spot and watch your belongings, and then go explore the area until show time. Heading west, the seawall around the Convention Centre and along the Coal Harbour waterfront is a beautiful place for a stroll. In the other direction, past Waterfront Station, is Gastown.
For more details about the outdoor summer movies at Canada Place, click Canada Place Events.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- FlyOver Canada
- Canada Place
- Vancouver’s July and August Calendars of Events
- The Lower Mainland on a Budget
- Vancouver Summer Activities