Friday December 15th 2017

Cinema under the stars

Why pay to sit in a dark theatre on a warm summer night, when you can see a movie in the great outdoors for free? It’s a summer tradition: When the sun sets in Toronto, open-air movie theatres pop up all over town, from the waterfront to Downsview Park. Here’s where to find them:

Dancing in the Dark

Under the bright lights of Yonge-Dundas Square, see Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) seduce the privileged Baby (Jennifer Grey) with his mambo moves in Dirty Dancing or watch as 11-year-old New York City public school kids learn to foxtrot and tango in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom. It’s a different dance-related movie every Tuesday night. The first screening is a Pride Week double-header of Paris is Burning and Hairspray. Rain or shine. Free.

Where: Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas St. E.)

Runs: Tuesdays, June 28 to Aug. 30

Longo’s Free Flicks

Sit along the harbour and follow characters on the big screen as they explore a specific urban centre, including Tokyo (Lost in Translation), New Delhi (Amal) and Paris (Paris je t’aime). The festival kicks off with a tour of Toronto in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World with local funnyman Michael Cera. Rain or shine. Free.

Where: WestJet Stage at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W.)

Runs: Tuesdays, July 5 to Aug. 9

TIFF in the Park

Sing along to your favourite musical, such as The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Wizard of Oz, in the heart of downtown at David Pecaut Square. The Aug. 3 showing takes a different spin on classic film, with a screening of the 1956 film Jagte Raho about an Indian peasant’s misadventures in the city when he stumbles into a luxury apartment building in search of a glass of water. The screening is cancelled in case of rain. Free.

Runs: Wednesdays, July 6 to Aug. 31

Where: David Pecaut Square (formerly Metro Square, next to Roy Thomson Hall)

Open Roof Festival

Watch the sun set over a cold beer and live music at the Amsterdam brewery on Thursday nights before an outdoor cinematic experience. The festival opens with Toronto-band Little Black Dress and a screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, a twisting chronicle of some of the world’s top graffiti artists, including the elusive Banksy. Doors at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15.

Where: Amsterdam Brewing Company (21 Bathurst St.)

Runs: Thursdays, June 16 to Sept. 1

Movies Under the Stars

Kick off the weekend with a family-friendly movie at Downsview Park. Features include the Rapunzel-inspired animated Disney film Tangled, the story of Ontario’s favourite teen heartthrob in Justin Bieber Never Say and the ’90s basketball classic Space Jam that pairs Bugs Bunny with Michael Jordan on the court. There’s a back-up indoor location nearby in case of rain. Free.

Where: At the main entrance of Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall Rd.)

Runs: Fridays, July 9 to Aug. 31

Parkdale Film and Video Showcase

A screening of short films created by Parkdale artists will be showcased under the stars as part of a greater weekend festival of workshops and media installations in the neighbourhood. The event is in its 13th year. Bring your own snacks to the screening. Pay what you can.

Where: Fuller Avenue Parkette (Fuller Ave., north of Queen St. W.)

Runs: Saturday, June 25 at 9 p.m.

Pleasure Dome

The Pleasure Dome, in partnership with the Feminist Art Gallery, will screen the experimental work of German artist Isabell Spengler on July 9. Bring your finished or in-the-works short (10-minute maximum) to the open screening on July 23. Members pay $5, non-members pay $8.

Where: 401 Richmond St. W. courtyard (Rain location: CineCycle, 129 Spadina Ave.)

Movies in the Park

Bring the family to watch PG movies in Riverdale Park East on some Sundays this summer. Each movie screening is sponsored to support one of three local charities: Toronto Kiwanis Boys & Girls Clubs, Broadview Community Youth Group and Art City. Free.

Where: Riverdale Park East (550 Broadview Ave.)

Runs: Sundays on June 19, July 24, Aug. 14 and Aug. 21

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