Where to Watch Outdoor Movies in Calgary

This summer, watch movies like Isle of Dogs, Aladdin, Jumanji and more at an outdoor movie screening.

Photograph courtesy of Spruce Meadows

This story includes events for 2019 and has not been updated for 2020 yet. Please note that most of these organizations have chosen to cancel events for 2020.

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 an 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 an outdoor movie screening. 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.


CUFF: Field Trips

Upcoming screening dates: Thursday, July 18 at 9 p.m. and Saturday, August 24 at 9 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

The experience: The Calgary Underground Film Festival is staging two outdoor movie screenings for this year’s Field Trips series. The first film screening, held at the Calgary Tennis Club on July 18, will be a secret until the night of the event. Then, on August 24, there will be an outdoor screening of the 1984 film Beat Street 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 before the screening on August 24.

Calgary Tennis Club, 1445 16 St. S.W.; containR, 1020 2 Ave. N.W., calgaryundergroundfilm.org


Yoga + Movie Nights on the Rooftop of Junction 9

Upcoming screening dates: Friday, July 19, August 16 and September 6. Class starts at 7 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 one-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


Beltline Movie in the Park

Upcoming screening date: Friday, July 26 starting at 4 p.m. (movie 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 the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association and The Underwood, the event will feature the 2018 film Isle of Dogs.

Keep in mind: Swing by early starting at 4 p.m. to check out the beer garden, live DJs and snacks.

Central Memorial Park, 1221 2 St. S.W., beltlineyyc.ca

[Ed note: This event has been rescheduled from July 19 to July 26 due to weather conditions]


RNDSQR Movie Night

Upcoming screening dates: Friday, July 26 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Take the whole family to this free outdoor movie screening on the RNDSQR Sales Centre’s patio. Bring a chair and settle in for a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1982 film, E.T.

Keep in mind: You don’t have to worry about snacks at this screening — free drinks, popcorn and candy will be served. RSVP in advance here.

RNDSQR Sales Centre, 2212 33 Ave. S.W., facebook.com


Bowness Movie in the Park

Upcoming screening dates: Saturday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. (movie at 9:30 p.m.)

Cost: Free admission

The experience: Head to the green space at the Bowness Community Hall for this outdoor movie experience. While the movie doesn’t begin until 9:30 p.m., you can come as early as 7:30 p.m. for complimentary hot dogs and lawn games. This year’s movie choice hasn’t been revealed yet.

Keep in mind: Bring some money to purchase drinks and snacks like popcorn and candy for the movie.

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


Movies at the Meadows

Upcoming screening dates: Thursday, August 8 and 15.

Cost: The price is $15 per carload if you buy tickets in advance or $20 per carload if you pay upon arrival.

The experience: Now a summer staple in Calgary, Spruce Meadows’ annual Movies at the Meadows event is back for two nights this August. Guests can vote online in advance for the movie they want to see the most out of four options. Arrive early as there will be entertainment before the outdoor screening.

Keep in mind: Bring something to sit on and some money for snacks.

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


Movie on the Rise

Upcoming screening dates: Saturday, August 10 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 as you watch the 2019 film Aladdin on a movie screen at its base.

Keep in mind: The Rise is a fairly steep hill so bring a blanket to sit on instead of lawn chairs. 

St. Patrick’s Island, evexperience.com


Movie Night at the Calgary Zoo

Upcoming screening dates: Monday, August 22 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (movie at 8:30 p.m.)

Cost: $50 per person.

The experience: There’s more to this event than just an outdoor movie screening of the 1995 film Jumanji (which is already pretty cool). Starting at 4 p.m., ticket holders can enter the zoo early to check out the animals. Later, the night will also feature self-guided, Jumanji-themed tours, a barbecue and lawn games before the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Bring some money for drinks, mini doughnuts and ice cream too.

Keep in mind: This movie night is for adults only.

210 St. George’s Dr. N.E., 403-232-9300, calgaryzoo.com


Sunalta Move in the Park

Upcoming screening dates: Friday, September 6 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost: Free admission.

The experience: Bring a blanket to the Scarboro Community Association for this outdoor movie screening.

Scarboro Community Association, 1727 14 Ave. S.W., facebook.com


The Underwood’s Movie in the Park

Upcoming screening dates: Friday, September 6 at 7 p.m. (movie starts at 8:30 p.m.)

Cost: Free

The experience: Bring a chair or blanket and settle in for a screening of Ghostbusters in Haultain Park. Arrive early to stock up on free snacks from local eateries like Una Pizza + Wine, Calcutta Cricket Club, Sweet Relief and more.

Keep in mind: Guests are encouraged to wear costumes to this screening, so if you decide to wear one, be sure to take a snap in the on-site photo booth.

Haultain Park, 225 13 Ave. S.W., facebook.com

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