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. Or maybe you were the kind of family that set up lawn chairs in the back of the pick-up truck for an outdoor movie screening.
Thankfully, while there aren’t many permanent drive-in theatres left nowadays, there are still places to catch a flick outdoors. Here are a few of the drive-in and outdoor movie screening events happening in Calgary this summer.
Upcoming screening dates: August 27 to 29, 2020, at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: $40 per car
The experience: Show your support for the Alberta Cancer Foundation by attending one of the upcoming Albertans Helping Albertans Drive-in for Charity events. There will be six drive-in movie screenings at Stampede Park over three days, featuring movie picks like Sonic the Hedgehog, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Friday the 13th, Footloose and Grease. You can pre-purchase popcorn with your tickets or bring your own treats to enjoy during the film.
Stampede Park, 650 25 Ave. S.E., albertacancer.ca
Upcoming screening dates: August 8 to 30, 2020, at 6 p.m. and/or 9 p.m.
Cost: $35 to $60 for up to five people in one vehicle.
The experience: This new drive-in at Telus Spark is hosting movie nights most of the month. Pile into your car and order snacks from the on-site concession before settling in to watch films like Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic Park, Despicable Me, Men in Black, Bridesmaids and more. Some nights also feature live karaoke and there is a drive-in version of TedxYYC on August 20.
Telus Spark, 220 Saint George’s Dr. N.E., bigartdrivein.com
Upcoming screening dates: August 12 to 16, 2020, at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The experience: Curiocity and YYC Food Trucks launched Motor Nights last month and will continue to host drive-in movie nights in August. From August 12 to 16, there will be two or three movie screenings daily starting at either 3 p.m., 6 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Movie options include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, E.T., Sleepless in Seattle, Mean Girls, Step Brothers and more. There will also be food trucks on-site, which you can text for car delivery, to cover all your snacking needs.
Cochrane & District AG Society, 43080 Bow Valley Tr., Cochrane, motornights.com
Upcoming screening dates: August 15 and 29, 2020, at 9:15 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
The experience: The Inglewood BIA is hosting some outdoor movies in Gopher Park this month. Snag one of the 50 spots to see The Big Lebowski on August 15 and White Men Can’t Jump on August 29. Don’t forget to bring a blanket to snuggle up in one of the supplied chairs.
Gopher Park, 11 Street and 11 Avenue S.E. inglewoodyyc.ca