Toronto is a cinephile's dream. Not only do we have some of the highest profile films shooting here at the moment (Suicide Squd, duh) but we also screen a ton of free films as well. The city that's home to TIFF and some of todays biggest Hollywood stars knows its audience, and really, what better way to bring people together than with film?
You can watch movies all summer long indoors and out, ranging from old Hollywood classics to contemporary foreign films. It's the ideal way to watch your old favourites or fall in love with a new flick.
1. TIFF in the Park July 8-September 2
David Pecault Square, 215 King St W.
TIFF actually screens movies throughout the whole year, thanks to their high class theatre on King West. However this year, the organization is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a carefully curated film programme that will screen free movies all year in conjunction with their regular programming. TIFF In The Park will project films in David Pecault Square with Baz Luhrman's Strictly Ballroom as the first film to put you in the TIFF spirit. Get excited!
2. Christie Pits Film Festival July 5-August 16
Christie Pits Park, 779 Crawford St.
This grass roots film fest is in its 5th year and has consistently created summer memories for people who live in the area. There’s something special about watching a movie on the hills of one of the city’s most beloved parks.
3. CINSSU sneak peeks
Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave. (Or at theatres across the city)
The University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Students Union puts together a solid Free Friday Film series. While it's on hiatus in the summer, CINSSU will still hold special sneak peeks of films that will soon hit theatres. They're a bit sporadic but if you follow their Twitter, you can see the screenings they're holding (or tickets they're giving away of sneak previews at cinemas around the city) a few days in advance of the event. Oh, and did we mention that Town Hall has been recently renovated and looks awesome now?
4. Free Flicks Mondays at The Royal
The Royal Cinema, 608 College St.
Indie cinema fave, The Royal, has partnered up with NOW magazine to launch a new programme of free screenings of older crowd pleasers and new and anticipated films. So far they've shown Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark and the new coming-of-age film, Me Earl and the Dying Girl (or as we like to call it--when a better version of The Fault in Our Stars and Be Kind, Rewind hooked up and had a kid). Check the Royal's online schedule periodically for announcements of when the next Free Flick Monday will take place.
5. Harbourfront Centre Free Flicks July 8-September 2
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen's Quay West
Toronto's waterfront is rarely utilized to its full potential. Luckily, the people at the Harbourfront Centre teamed up with West Jet and decided to pair Lake Ontario with free films. It may sound a little like The Odd Couple, but once you actually watch it you realize it's a fantastic match. Screening nine films (with the last being an audience choice, so vote now), the films focus on family and exploring the world through beautiful locales. We can't think of a better spot to enjoy these movies than the waterfront on a balmy summer night with the lake breeze blowing through your hair
6. Movies in the Park July 11-August 22
Riverdale Park East, 550 Broadview Ave
For the east enders who don't feel like venturing west, Riverdale park will play host to a few film screenings this summer. The films are family-friendly PG affairs and begin at dusk--a.k.a the magic hour of shooting a film.
Photo cred- 1LoveTO
7. City Cinema June 16-September
Yonge and Dundas Square
Smack dab in Toronto's core, Yonge and Dundas is setting up a fun theme of "But can they act?" film screenings. Showing something a little more risque like Eminem in 8 Mile and artistic like Bjork in Dancer in the Dark. These screenings are for an older crowd who love a varied atypical style of cinema.
8. Sail-in Cinema August 20-22
Sugar Beach, 25 Dockside Drive
Just like a drive-in but for your boat, Sail-in cinema at Sugar Beach is a weekend long event in which movie goers are encouraged to watch from the water. If you don't have a boat or your yacht is in the shop, you can also relax on the beach while viewing the flicks. This year's theme is the 80s and the films will be decided on by audience vote.