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Vancouver Art Gallery Outdoor Movies

Summer Movie Nights are when free outdoor films take place on Wednesday evenings in the north plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in July and August.

In 2024 the films show on Thursday evenings between July 4th and August 15th.

Another great downtown venue where outdoor movies take place is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza. That’s where Sunset Cinema happened on the Wednesdays of August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th in 2023.

Both Summer Movie Nights and Sunset Cinema took place again in 2023. Summer Movie Nights outside the Vancouver Art Gallery ran every Thursday between July 6th and August 17th in 2023.


Downtown Vancouver Summer Movie Nights

In years when they aren’t cancelled due to virus pandemics, free outdoor movies happen in parks and plazas all across the Lower Mainland in the summer. In Vancouver on different days of the week there are free films in front of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, in Stanley Park and in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, among other places.

To learn about the movies by the Vancouver Art Gallery, continue reading. To learn about free summer film opportunities in other locations, click Free Vancouver Outdoor Movies.




Summer Movie Nights Schedule

Free movies were shown in the plaza outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in the 800 block of West Georgia Street on the following Thursdays in 2023. All of the films started at around 9:00 pm.

(Note: Times were approximate and details were subject to change.)

  • 6th of July, 2023Twilight (2008)
  • 13th of July, 2023Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
  • 20th of July, 2023Legally Blonde (2001)
  • 27th of July, 2023The Lego Movie (2014)
  • 3rd of August, 2023The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
  • 10th of August, 2023Topgun Maverick (2022)
  • 17th of August, 2023Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)

Ahead of the screenings on each night there are usually various activities in the plaza that begin at 4:00 pm. In past years these have included mini golf games, live music, roving performers like stilt walkers and more.


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Tips & Advice

Below are some tips and extra information to help you make the most of your downtown Vancouver movie experience.

TIP #1: A disadvantage of the Vancouver Art Gallery venue for movies is the noise. West Georgia is a very busy and noisy street. One advantage compared to venues elsewhere at parks, however, is you’ll be less likely to be bothered by mosquitos.

TIP #2: Because of the traffic noise, try to find a spot away from West Georgia Street and not too far from one of the speakers. Arrive early to get a good spot.

TIP #3: Take your own chair, a blanket and something warm to wear (as it can get cool in the evening).

TIP #4: The official name of the plaza on the north side of the Vancouver Art Gallery is šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk Square. šx????n?q Xwtl’e7énk is an Indigenous term that means “important cultural gathering place.” The name was adopted with respect and in recognition of the fact that Vancouver is on the unceded traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. The word, to the best of our non-expert ability, is pronounced (very approximately) like “Hootlacken.”


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Other Information

For more information about the free summer films outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, click Downtown Vancouver Movie Nights.

For details about free movies in other parts of the Lower Mainland check out our article about Vancouver Outdoor Movie Venues.

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