Summer Cinema is a series of FREE outdoor movies showing once a week on Tuesday evenings in Vancouver’s Stanley Park on the lawn by Second Beach in summer.
OUTDOOR MOVIES AND COVID-19
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, most outdoor movie events were cancelled in the summer of 2020, including those at Stanley Park. The status of the Summer Cinema series in 2021 is to be confirmed.
Movie Nights at Stanley Park
In years where there isn’t a global pandemic, the movies at Stanley Park run from early July until around the third or fourth week of August. They take place at Ceperley Meadow beside Second Beach.
Shows are all free and start at dusk, which is at about 9:30 pm at the first show and at around 8:30 with the last (plus or minus).
The event in 2020 wasn’t able to take place due to the spread of the coronavirus and restrictions on gatherings of more than 50 people. It is unlikely to happen in 2021 as well, although exact details are to be confirmed. Hopefully the world health situation will be better by 2022!
Summer Cinema Schedule
Below are the listed movies for the 2019 cinema season. Future years will likely be comparable.
Note: Show times and film details were subject to change.
- July 2, 2019 – Wayne’s World (1992): it starts at around 9:20 pm and is rated PG.
- July 9, 2019 – Beetlejuice (1988): it starts at around 9:15 pm and is rated PG.
- July 16, 2019 – Shrek (2001): it starts at around 9:10 pm and is rated PG.
- July 23, 2019 – Sleepless in Seattle (1993): it starts at around 9:05 pm and is rated PG.
- July 30, 2019 – Moulin Rouge (2001): it starts at around 8:55 pm and is rated PG.
- August 6, 2019 – Finding Nemo (2003): it starts at around 8:45 pm and is rated G.
- August 13, 2019 – Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004): it starts at around 8:30 pm and is rated PG.
- August 20, 2019 – Jurassic Park (1993): it starts at around 8:20 pm and is rated PG.
- August 27, 2019 – Aladdin (2019): the new non-animated version of the Disney classic starts at 8:20 pm and is rated PG.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your summer entertainment experiences in Stanley Park.
TIP #1: Bring your own blankets or deck chairs, and dress warmly. Especially towards the end of the summer, it can get cool at night.
TIP #2: Get there early to find parking and a good spot to set up your blanket or lawn chair.
TIP #3: If you like being entertained in the outdoors, check out the Theatre Under the Stars shows. They also take place at Stanley Park in the summer. Theatre Under the Stars was cancelled in both 2020 and 2021 due to the coronavirus. It will be back again though in 2022.
TIP #4: Don’t just go to Stanley Park for the movies (or live theatre). There is so much to do in the area, so combine your trip to see a show with some late afternoon and/or early evening exploring. Go for a walk or bike ride along the seawall, take your swimsuit and enjoy a swim, or have a picnic and enjoy the park.
Other Free Outdoor Movies and Information
Stanley Park isn’t the only place to find free outdoor movies in the Lower Mainland in the summer. In fact, there are usually over 50 films showing at different venues throughout the region. Click Lower Mainland Outdoor Movies for information on other venues.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- Stanley Park
- The Stanley Park Seawall
- Lower Mainland Movies and Cinemas
- Vancouver on a Budget
- Parks and Places in Nature
- Vancouver Summer Activities
- Entertainment in Vancouver
- Vancouver for Children