Where to watch free outdoor movies in Toronto's east end this summer

  Photo:  Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Photo: Toronto Outdoor Picture Show

Grab a blanket, plenty of snacks and get set for outdoor movie season. It's one of the city's great summer traditions and best of all, they're free. Here's a roundup of where to catch a flick outside in Toronto's east end. 

MOVIE NIGHTS IN THE BEACH VILLAGE

Wednesdays are movie nights in the Beach with a family friendly selection that rotates between Kew Gardens and Ivan Forrest Gardens Park all summer long. Bonus: On top of the screening, popcorn is also free. 

  • July 4: Bend It Like Beckham
  • July 11: 50 First Dates
  • July 18: Beauty and the Beast
  • July 25: League of Their Own
  • August 1: Honey I Shrunk the Kids
  • August 8: Hidden Figures
  • August 15: Ferdinand
  • August 22: Blades of Glory
  • August 29: Wonder Woman

Visit thebeachvillage.com for more info. 

MOVIES IN THE COMMON

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show invites east siders to Corktown Common for a third season of outdoor films, part of the festival’s summer-long Cinematic Cities programme in parks across Toronto. On Thursday evenings in July, the series explores four very different but equally vibrant cities in short and feature films: Toronto, Rome, Berlin, and Selma, Alabama.

  • July 5: Roman Holiday
  • July 12: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
  • July 19: Cabaret
  • July 26: Selma

Visit topictureshow.com for more info. 

UNDER THE STARS: MOVIES IN THE PARK

The Regent Park Film Festival returns this summer with a six-week outdoor screening series every Wednesday in July and August. Before sundown, you can join in on music and activities such as yoga, rugby and dance classes. Activities will vary each week and take place between 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. ahead of the film. 

  • July 11: Cinderella
  • July 18: The Tale of Princess Kaguya
  • July 25: Birth of a Family
  • August 1: Coco
  • August 8: Bollywood Hollywood
  • August 15: Sister Act

Check out regentparkfilmfestival.com for more.

MOVIE NIGHT AT LESLIE GROVE PARK

The Leslieville BIA will be back again with a one-off movie night at Leslie Grove Park on July 26. Movie TBA.