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April 26, 2019

Where to Watch Outdoor Movies In and Around Calgary

The upcoming movie screening events to pencil into your calendar this summer.

Photograph courtesy of Spruce Meadows

Outdoor movie watching is an experience that induces a wave of nostalgia. Maybe your family used to pile into the 1950s Cadillac and drive to the nearest drive-in theatre with plenty of blankets and snacks for an outdoor movie on a summer evening. Or maybe you were the kind of family that set up lawn chairs in the back of the pick-up truck for the outdoor movie screening.

Either way, those days are in the past. There aren’t many drive-in theatres left, but there are still places to catch a movie screening outdoors. With these screenings, you can experience that summertime tradition without making the trip to one of Western Canada’s remaining drive-in movie theatres — you’d have to drive to cities like Enderby, B.C. and Wolseley, Saskatchewan.

Black Panther Outdoor Movie Screening

Upcoming screening date: Thursday, July 19 at 9 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Calgarians have two options for this outdoor movie screening of the 2018 film Black Panther. You can experience what it’s like to be at a drive-in movie theatre by watching the movie from your car while listening to the sound through the radio. Or, if you feel like some fresh air, you can bring a chair and sit outside to watch.

Keep in mind: You can bring your own snacks or get some from the on-site concession stand.

Westside King’s Church, 3939 69 St. S.W., facebook.com


Fantastic Mr. Fox Outdoor Movie Screening

Upcoming screening date: Friday, July 20 at 9:45 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Cap off your week with an outdoor movie screening in the Beltline’s Central Memorial Park. Hosted by Qualiex-Landmark, the event will feature the 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Keep in mind: Before the movie begins (starting at 7:30 p.m.), you can get a free movie pack if you swing by the Park Point Discovery Centre.

Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 St. S.W., facebook.com


Yoga + Movie Nights on the Rooftop of Junction 9

Upcoming screening dates: Friday, July 20, August 24 and September 7. Class starts at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

The experience: This summer, Inglewood’s Junction 9 Yoga & Pilates is bringing back its summer series that combines yoga with movies. Once a month, they host a 1-hour rooftop yoga session, which will be followed by a rooftop movie screening. The yoga and movie nights feature a raffle, free popcorn and there are drinks from the cafe available for purchase.

Keep in mind: Bring appropriate clothing and gear for both of the activities. You’ll likely need yoga mats and clothing for the first part of the night, and some warmer clothes and blanket for the movie part of the night.

919 9 Ave. S.E., 403-474-9118, junction9.ca


Bowness Movie in the Park

Upcoming screening dates: Saturday, July 28 at sunset

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Head to the green space at the Bowness Community Hall for this outdoor movie experience. The movie choice is technically a secret, but you can probably tell what it is from the clues on the Facebook event page.

Keep in mind: Bring some money for popcorn and snacks.

Bowness Community Association, 7904 43 Ave. N.W., facebook.com


Movies at the Meadows

Upcoming screening dates: Wednesday August 1, 8, 15 and 22. Screenings begin at sunset

Cost: The price is $15 per carload if you buy tickets in advance or $20 per carload if you pay at the gate.

The experience: Spruce Meadows first started hosting outdoor film screenings last summer, and they’re bringing them back for four nights this August. Calgarians can vote on Facebook for which movie they wanted to see most out of the three options each week. So far, it’s been decided that The Lion King will be screened on August 1, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off will be screened on August 8 and Avengers: Infinity War will be screened on August 15. Arrive early as there will be live music before each screening starting at 7:30 p.m.

Keep in mind: Bring something to sit on and some money for snacks. There’s going to be a snack tent with popcorn, soft drinks and candy, Cafe Vino will be offering items like coffee, wine, beer, pastries and sandwiches or you can get items like fish and chips, burgers and hot dogs at Flavours of the World.

Spruce Meadow, 18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W., sprucemeadows.com


RNDSQR Sales Centre Community Series: Movie Night

Upcoming screening dates: August 9 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (screening starts at 8:15 p.m.) [Ed note: This event has been moved to August 9 due to weather]

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Bring the whole family to this free outdoor movie screening on RNDSQR Sales Centre’s patio in Marda Loop. Have your say about what movie RNDSQR screens by voting for the 2016 film Moana or the 2010 film Despicable Me on the company’s Instagram account.

Keep in mind: You’ll need to bring something to sit on, but don’t worry about the snacks — popcorn will be provided and drinks by GypsyMade Lemonade will be available for purchase.

RNDSQR Sales Centre, 2212 33 Ave. S.W., rndsqr.ca


Kensington Summertime Outdoor Movie Series

Upcoming screening dates: Four Friday evenings in August (August 3, 10, 17 and 24)

Cost: Free admission

The experience: For the fourth summer in a row, you can watch a free outdoor movie in Kensington in August. During this series, a different film will be screened each week in the parking lot next to Purr. Screenings include 10 Things I Hate About You on August 3, Jumanji on August 10, The Parent Trap on August 17 and Overboard on August 24.

Keep in mind: There aren’t a lot of options when it comes to parking around here. Try to take public transit, a Car2Go or bike along the river pathway to get here.

Calgary Parking Authority Lot 57, 1210 Kensington Rd. N.W., visitkensington.com


Movie on the Rise

Upcoming screening dates: Saturday, August 11 at 9:15 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Outdoor movie screenings at The Rise on St. Patrick’s Island have been a hit in the past, and you can experience one again for one night only in August. Get comfortable on the island’s nine-metre-high hill to watch the 2017 film The Greatest Showman on an inflatable movie screen at its base. Popcorn from Sugar Creek Kettle Corn and cotton candy from The Sugar Cube will be available for purchase.

Keep in mind: The Rise is a fairly steep slope so bring a blanket to sit on instead of lawn chairs. Also, because this is a natural area, come prepared with some bug spray. 

St. Patrick’s Island, evexperience.com


CUFF: Field Trips of Terror

Upcoming screening dates: Thursday, August 23 at 9 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

The experience: The Calgary Underground Film Festival’s Field Trips of Terror summer series is back. This year, they’ll be screening Lethal Weapon 2 and Brainscan for the series. The 1989 action film Lethal Weapon 2 will be an outdoor screening at containR, a shipping container art park in Sunnyside.

Keep in mind: There are tons of local restaurants, cafes and shops (including candy shops like Gummi Boutique) around Sunnyside, so make plans to pick up a movie treat or two in advance.

containR, 1020 2 Ave. N.W., calgaryundergroundfilm.org


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