9 Must-See Outdoor Movie Nights in Vancouver | Summer 2024

Tamer Faisal
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Welcome to our guide to the 9 Must-See Outdoor Movie Nights in Vancouver this summer! If you love movies or just enjoy warm evenings outside, Vancouver has something special for you.

In this article, we'll highlight some of the coolest outdoor movie events happening in summer 2024. As the sun sets, Vancouver transforms into a magical place, ideal for watching films under the stars. We'll talk about venues like Summer Movie Nights Downtown, the popular Evo Summer Cinema in Stanley Park, and family-friendly movies at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza.

Ready to grab some popcorn, a blanket, and head out for a night of free movie magic? Let's explore the best spots to enjoy movies under the stars in Vancouver. Keep reading to find the perfect movie night for you and your friends!

1. Experience Outdoor Movies Downtown

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Imagine this: you're in the heart of downtown Vancouver, surrounded by tall skyscrapers, as the sky fades from twilight to night. You’ve found a cozy spot at šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza).

Welcome to Summer Movie Nights, a magical experience that turns the busy city into an open-air theatre every Thursday evening from July 4 to August 15, 2024, all thanks to Downtown Van.

This free, family-friendly event is perfect for movie lovers and anyone looking for a fun evening outdoors. Come early to grab a good spot, as seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Or, bring your own comfy chairs and blankets for extra comfort!

The fun starts before the movie at 5 PM with lots of activities. Enjoy:

  • face painting
  • dancers
  • circus performers
  • mini golf
  • live music from local DJs

This event is more than just movies – it’s about making great memories with family and friends while being entertained from start to finish.

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Each movie night is special.

  • July 4th - "Barbie" Opening Night features this wildly popular film, where attendees can dress in their best Barbie-themed attire and walk the “Pink Carpet” for a chance to win amazing prizes. Ever wanted to pose inside a life-sized Barbie Box? Well, now's your chance! There's even a Barbie dance workshop hosted by Pop Queen Cardio, with live dance performances by local stars like Synthia Kiss and members of the Quill Collective dance team.
  • July 18th - "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" Immerse yourself in the adventures of Indiana Jones with surprise treats from M&M’S® Canada and high-flying acts by NZR Productions.
  • August 1st - "Mamma Mia!" night, celebrates Pride Night with Public Disco’s all-ages tunes, loads of dancing, and an ABBA-themed drag show.
  • August 15th - Closing the season is “Spiderman: Into The Spider-Verse” featuring a cosplay costume contest and super-heroic acts that defy what any regular human can do.
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Throughout all the summer movie nights: engage in pre-screening trivia with IQ 2000 Trivia, savor exclusive kombucha from Oddity Kombucha, play in Lo Oliveira’s PlayZone, and enjoy music by DJ Chip$. There’s even a mascot named Poppy and delicious snacks from vendors like Gary’s Kettle Corn, plus a rotation of some of Vancouver’s best food trucks like Shameless Buns and Taco Nori.

So, gather your loved ones, dress warmly for when the sun goes down, and immerse yourself in this epic summer tradition in downtown Vancouver – it’s bound to be a blockbuster experience every time!

2. Watch Outdoor Movies at Stanley Park

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Are you ready for a summer night adventure? Head over to Vancouver's Stanley Park and experience the magic of outdoor movies with Evo Car Share and Fresh Air Cinema! A gigantic 40ft screen under the sparkling night sky, surrounded by nature's beauty. Yes, that's exactly what you'll find at Ceperley Meadow, right next to Second Beach. It’s the perfect spot to catch your favorite films while basking in a beautiful summer evening.

The experience is more than just memorable; it's truly iconic! One of the best parts? General seating is absolutely FREE! Grab your friends, a comfy blanket, maybe a lawn chair, and set up your little movie heaven. Since it's first-come, first-served, you might want to get there a bit early to snag the perfect viewing spot.

If you're looking for something extra special, say a dreamy date night maybe, consider the ZERO PROOF VIP ZONE. For a small upgrade, you'll get a guaranteed seat in one of the cozy Adirondack cottage-style chairs. There are only 200 of these prime spots, so don’t wait too long to book yours!

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Every night, the ZERO PROOF BAR ensures you’ve got the best non-alcoholic drinks in hand. You can sip on tasty, refreshing beverages as you enjoy the show. It's all set up for you to just relax and have fun!

With a lineup featuring beloved classics

  • July 9, 2024Toy Story (1995, G)
  • July 16, 2024Back to the Future (1985, PG)
  • July 23, 2024The Emperor’s New Groove (2000, G)
  • July 30, 2024How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003, PG)
  • August 6, 2024School of Rock (2003, PG)
  • August 13, 2024Barbie (2023, PG)
  • August 20, 2024Twilight (2008, G)
  • August 27, 2024 – Vote between The Princess Diaries (2001, G), The Parent Trap (1998, PG) and Matilda (1996, PG)

Remember to bring your picnic essentials: blankets, lawn chairs, flashlights, and anything to make your evening comfy. Pack your bank card for goodies, and prepare for both warm sunset vibes and cozy night chills. And most importantly, don't forget your enthusiasm! After all, this is more than just a movie night; it's a summer tradition worth cherishing.

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3. Watch Movies at The Shipyards - Sunset Cinema

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Another option for people that love watching movies under the stars is Sunset Cinema at The Shipyards! This fantastic outdoor movie event takes place in the Shipyard Commons, a cozy, covered area perfect for evening gatherings with friends and family.

These movie nights are completely free! Simply grab your blanket or lawn chair, and settle in for a delightful experience.

Movies at Sunset Cinema start at sundown, usually around 8pm or 9pm depending on the time of year. To get the best spot, it’s smart to arrive early. That way, you can find the perfect place to sit and maybe even snap some pics of the gorgeous sunset before the show begins.

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What makes Sunset Cinema extra special is that it stands out among outdoor movie venues. Thanks to its covered location, the event goes on rain or shine. So, even if unexpected weather pops up, you can count on catching your favorite flicks without a hitch! The only exception is if the air quality gets impacted by smoke, in which case the event might be postponed or canceled to keep everyone safe.

This summer, the lineup is chock-full of crowd-pleasers starting with:

  • 31 July, 2024 - “Barbie
  • 7 August, 2024 - "The Princess Bride
  • 14 August, 2024 - "Top Gun: Maverick"
  • 21 August, 2024 - "Finding Nemo"
  • 28 August, 2024 - "Pitch Perfect

Each movie promises to be an evening of laughter, entertainment, and unforgettable moments.

The Shipyard Commons also offers public bathrooms and a lineup of food trucks, so you can snack on some tasty treats while you watch. Sunset Cinema is sure to be a highlight of your summer, offering a mesmerizing combo of great films, beautiful surroundings, and a safe, covered space. Don’t miss out!

4. Movies at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza - Sunset Cinema

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There's something magical about watching a movie outdoors, right? Another picturesque setting is what awaits you at the Sunset Cinema at šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza).

Vancouverites are in for an absolute treat with these FREE outdoor movie nights happening every Wednesday from August 7 to August 28, 2024. 🍿🎬

Vancouver Civic Theatres is pulling out all the stops this summer with their Summer on šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn series. It's literally a season of fun-packed activities, but the movie screenings might just be the highlight. They've got a gigantic inflatable screen that makes movie-watching an unforgettable experience. All you need to do is bring your blankets, chairs, and pillows, and get ready for a cozy evening beneath the stars.

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Each movie night begins at dusk, giving you just enough time to settle in and get comfortable. One of the coolest things about these events is the casual atmosphere.

Want to play board games while you wait? Go for it! Kids can run around, and families can unwind while waiting for the movie to start – it's a total blend of community spirit and laid-back relaxation.

Sunset Cinema is a perfect way to add some sparkle to your mid-week routine. Not only is it a fantastic way to spend some quality time with friends and family, but it’s also right in the heart of Vancouver, making it super accessible. Plus, you get to watch popular movies without spending a penny, how awesome is that?

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So, if you're in the mood for action, comedy, or something heartwarming, mark your calendar for this must-see series. Don’t miss out on a cozy movie night experience under the night sky during Vancouver’s beautiful summer evenings. Follow VCT’s updates for the film line-up and get ready to kick back and enjoy the show!

5. Experience Deckchair Cinema - North Vancouver

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Cozying up under the stars on a warm summer night, surrounded by friends and fellow movie lovers. That's exactly what you get at the Deckchair Cinema! Now in its third year, this fabulous outdoor movie experience happens right on Cates Deck, in front of the beautiful Gallery.

With screenings starting from June 27 through August 29, every Thursday night, you can indulge in a mix of classic and cult films that are sure to entertain.

The magic of Deckchair Cinema doesn't just start when the movie begins. Arrive early to grab the best spot and enjoy some live music and entertainment that spice up the evening as the sun sets, making the wait time fly by. To make your night even comfier, don't forget to bring along a blanket or some low chairs to sit back and relax.

What's a movie night without snacks and drinks, right? The concession stand at Deckchair Cinema won’t disappoint! It offers a selection of drinks from local breweries, which you are welcome to enjoy right there on Cates Deck, a unique public space where you can sip on your chosen beverage in a relaxed, open-air environment. This feature alone makes it feel like Vancouver's very own outdoor theater paradise!

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Admission isn’t just affordable, it’s downright charitable! Instead of a set ticket price, entry is by donation, thanks to the generous sponsorship by the BMO Financial Group. And as an added bonus, your donation gets you access to the Gallery’s summer exhibitions—talk about a two-for-one deal!

Films in the lineup:

  • 27 June, 2024 – Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains
  • 4 July, 2024 – The Harder They Come
  • 11 July, 2024 – Stop Making Sense
  • 18 July, 2024 – Night Raiders
  • 25 July, 2024 – Scott Pilgrim vs the World
  • 1 August, 2024 – Death Becomes Her
  • 8 August, 2024 – Close-Up
  • 15 August, 2024 – Supercop
  • 22 August, 2024 – Phantom of the Paradise
  • 29 August, 2024 – The Warriors

Deckchair Cinema offers an unforgettable way to spend your Thursdays this summer. Whether you're a film buff or just looking for a fun night out, this event promises to be a highlight of your Vancouver summer. Make sure to gather your friends, grab your snacks, and enjoy a perfect evening of outdoor cinema under the twilight sky!

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6. Catch a Flick at Summer Cinema - Burnaby

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It's movie magic time! Summer Cinema is back to spice up your August weekends with some outdoor movie thrills! This event kicks off on August 2 at Confederation Park and takes over Civic Square on Fridays later in the month. The best part? It’s free admission! Just bring your blankets or chairs and load up on your favorite movie snacks. Show starts at 8:15 pm, regardless of the weather, so make sure to dress appropriately!

The movie lineup is simply unbeatable:

  • 2 August, 2024 – Mean Girls (Confederation Park)
  • 16 August, 2024 – Barbie (Civic Square)
  • 23 August, 2024 – Wonka (Civic Square)
  • 30 August, 2024 – Sonic 2 (Civic Square)

Start your month with the iconic "Mean Girls" at Confederation Park. Then, head to Civic Square for a star-studded month featuring Barbie on the 16th, a whimsical journey with "Wonka" on the 23rd, and finish off strong with the super-speedy "Sonic 2" on the 30th. Each movie offers a special kind of magic, captivating both young and old!

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But that’s not all! Summer Cinema is more than just a movie night. Go early to enjoy the fun, where you might just run into your favorite movie characters roaming around. See Barbie and Ken at Civic Square, or perhaps a speedy blue blur named Sonic? Dressing up is highly encouraged—come as your favorite character and get ready for some delightful surprises!

The amenities make this event super accessible. With free underground parking at the Bob Prittie Metrotown library and portable washrooms on-site, you won't have to worry about a thing. It's a no-hassle, fun-for-all-ages experience that brings the whole community together.

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7. Catch Movies at Civic Plaza

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Another cozy spot to watch an outdoor movie this summer - Civic Plaza in North Vancouver! Positioned between City Hall and the North Vancouver Public Library, this charming plaza offers a delightful setting for an evening under the stars.

Mark your calendars for July 12 and July 26! Every summer, Civic Plaza transforms into an outdoor movie theater on select Friday nights. Bring your blankets and chairs, because the movie starts around sundown, usually between 8 pm and 9 pm. It's recommended to arrive early to snag the best viewing spots.

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One of the unique perks of choosing Civic Plaza for your movie night is the intimate atmosphere. Unlike the larger, more bustling venues such as Stanley Park and Canada Place, Civic Plaza typically hosts only a few hundred locals, making it a true community event. This smaller crowd means you'll have a better chance of stretching out and enjoying the show without feeling crowded.

Besides the cozy vibes, you'll find convenient amenities like public washrooms available at the library until 9 pm and an on-site portable toilet for later use. Need a snack? The Library Teen Advisory Council runs a concession stand offering popcorn, chips, and drinks for just $1 each. Plus, all proceeds support teen programs at the library, so you’re indulging for a good cause!

8. Movies Under The Stars - Surrey

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"Movies Under the Stars" in Surrey is a great place to watch outdoor movies! This event, which started as a one-night affair in August 2005, has grown into an eagerly anticipated series held at Holland Park every August. Families love the idea of sharing a blanket or a chair and enjoying a movie beneath the night sky.

The 2024 lineup is packed with fantastic films that are perfect for all ages.

  • August 3, 2024: The Bad Guys
  • August 10, 2024: Wonka
  • August 17, 2024: Barbie

It kicks off on Saturday, August 3, with "The Bad Guys," continues with "Wonka" on Saturday, August 10, and wraps up with the ever-popular "Barbie" on Saturday, August 17. Each movie is sure to bring smiles and excitement to the audience!

The event starts at 6 pm, so arriving early is a great idea. Before the movie begins at dusk—around 9:15 pm on the first night—you can enjoy a variety of fun activities and live performances. Kids will have a blast with the crafts and games set up just for them!

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One of the highlights of the evening is the free popcorn available from 7:30 pm. Since it’s only free while supplies last, it’s a good incentive to get there on time. Think about watching a movie under the stars while snacking on some delicious popcorn—sounds magical, right?

Don't forget to bring your own blanket or chair for a cozy evening. Getting comfortable is key to fully enjoying the outdoor movie experience. And speaking of treats, the North Surrey Lions will be selling hot dogs and drinks. Not only are these snacks perfect for a summer night, but the proceeds also go to local charities, so your purchase will make a positive impact.

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And that's not all! There's a chance to win prizes and gift cards from local businesses. Just participate in the survey provided by the organizers, and you could walk away with something fabulous. Supporting the community has never been so fun and rewarding.

In short, "Movies Under the Stars" at Holland Park offers a delightful mix of entertainment, community spirit, and outdoor enjoyment—an experience you definitely don’t want to miss. Bring your friends, family, or even a cozy blanket for an unforgettable summer night featuring movies, fun, and local charm presented by PCI Developments!

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9. Outdoor Movie Night at Ray Perrault Park

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Another location for Outdoor Movie Night is Ray Perrault Park! Located at the intersection of 15th Street East and Grand Boulevard, this popular spot transforms into an enchanting outdoor cinema on Friday, August 9th. Settle down on a cozy blanket, under a twilight sky, ready to enjoy a movie on a huge 24-foot screen!

But that's not all! The fun starts way before the movie. From 6 PM onwards, you can engage in a slew of jumbo games. Giant Jenga, oversized Connect Four, and more, they'll keep you and your family entertained while you wait for the magic hour. Once the games wrap up, it's movie time! Outdoor movies in the city start at sunset – expect the show to kick off between 8 PM and 9 PM, perfect for watching the sunset as the film begins.

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Arriving early is highly recommended. Not only do you grab a good spot, but you also get ample time to unwind and soak in the park's atmosphere. What's special about Ray Perrault Park is its easy accessibility and comfortable surroundings – a pair of qualities that make it ideal for an evening out with friends or family.

You’re sure to love this movie night not just for the on-screen entertainment, but also for its unique pre-film activities and the friendly, community vibe.

To Sum It All Up

Wrapping up, there's no better way to enjoy a warm summer night than with an outdoor movie under the stars. From the lively Downtown Vancouver Summer Movie Nights to the enchanting atmosphere of Evo Summer Cinema in Stanley Park, each event offers something unique and magical. Venturing a bit further, you’ll find gems like Sunset Cinema at The Shipyards and the serene Deckchair Cinema in North Vancouver. And don't forget the starry nights at Sunset Cinema at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, Summer Cinema in Burnaby, and Movies Under The Stars in Surrey. A special shoutout to the family-friendly events like Movies at Civic Plaza and Reel Magic at Ray Perrault Park!

Summer in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey promises a plethora of fun activities, and these movie nights are a perfect way to relax and appreciate your city charm. Remember to take a break from the hustle and bustle, enjoy the refreshing summer breeze, and make unforgettable memories with loved ones. For even more exciting things to do this summer, be sure to visit ActiviFinder. Happy adventuring!

Tamer Faisal
Tamer Faisal
Content Writer

Tamer is always up for an adventure and loves exploring new things. At ActiviFinder, he's on a mission to find and share the most exciting experiences, from fun activities and great restaurants to unique events. An interesting fact about Tamer is his passion for competitive gaming, adding another layer to his adventurous spirit.

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