So you want to see a movie but don’t want to pay for it. You’d prefer to see the show under the stars or in a park or near the lake or, better still, on the lake and in a boat? Done, done and done. Look below and you will find a nifty list of free movies throughout the 6ix. Grab a blanket, bring a chair or a cushion and enjoy a night at the movies. And don’t forget to bring a bucket of popcorn to share with your fellow moviegoers.
Location: South-East corner of Yonge and Dundas StreetsYonge-Dundas Square has become the 6ix’s Times Square. The Square is designated for use as a public open space and as an event venue. Food fests, concerts, exhibitions, promotions and, of course, movies. Free movies!
Movies play at the Square every Tuesday starting at dusk:
28 June, 8:30 pm-11:00pm
5 July, 8:30 pm-11:00pm
Coming to America
12 July, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
For Your Consideration and Best in Show
19 July, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Jerk
26 July, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
Spaceballs and Blazzing Saddles
2 August, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
9 August, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
Wayne’s World and The Ladies Man
16 August, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
There’s Something About Mary
23 August, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
30 August, 7:30 pm-11:00pm
Airplane! And Dracula: Dead & Loving It
HARBOURFRONT – Free Flicks
Location: Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay West
Free Flicks returns this year on Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. from June 27th to August 31st. Free Flicks gives you the opportunity to see a wide variety of movies under the starts and by the lake. Here’s the line-up:
A Little Princess
The Grand Seduction
The Mighty Quinn
The Last Dragon
The Good Lie
Sense and Sensibility
August 31 – Audience’s Choice
The audience gets to choose from three Oscar-winning films – 1) Gravity; 2) The King’s Speech or 3) Slumdog Millionaire – You can cast your vote beginning June 22nd.
Location: 77 Wynford Drive
The Aga Khan Museum’s Bollywood Classics film series presents movies that influenced the genre as it developed from the 1960s to the present day. Movies are shown outdoors as long as the weather cooperates. Most of the movies listed are ticketed except on June 11th and August 13th you can view Pakeezah (a classic for many reasons from 1972) and Jodhaa Akbar (an epic historical drama released in 2008). Check their website closer to the date to confirm showings.
Dates: July 17, 2016 – August 13, 2016
Price Summary: May 22 and July 17: Adults: $10, Students and Seniors: $8, Friends $9; June 11 and August 13: Free
Mughal-e-Azam – The highest grossing film in Indian history from its debut in 1960 until 1975, set during the reign of the golden age of Mughal emperor Akbar.
Pakeezah – An Lucknowi courtesan longs for a better life for herself.
Umrao Jaan – An adaption of the 1905 novel of the same name, remembered for the performance of leading lady Rekha.
Jodhaa Akbar – The most recent film, about Emperor Akbar’s reign in the 16th century.
Location: 25 Dockside Drive, Corus Quay
Sail-In Cinema, described as Toronto’s largest outdoor theatre event, is held at Sugar Beach from August 18 – 20th. The cinema fest sponsored by Ports Toronto is also touted as the world’s first two-sided floating movie experience. Which means you can bring a chair or a cushion and watch it movies on terra firma or watch from the comfort of your own naval vessel or boat or canoe or whatever floats.
The movie line-up has not been finalized but we will update this article when Sail-In Cinema announces their plans. You can participate in choosing the line-up from a choice of 15 movies. Voting is open until July 12, 2016.
Location: 120 King St East
St. James Park hosts free film screenings on the last Thursday of June, July and August. Movies start at 9 p.m. The June 30th screening of Kinky Boots has the bonus of a free drag show from 8 – 9 p.m.
Kinky Boots (free drag show from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
A Hard Day’s Night