Watch movies under the stars in Toronto this summer

Jul 30 2020, 6:13 pm

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (TOPS) has announced its 10-day open-air film festival at Fort York National Historic Site.

The festival comes in celebration of TOPS’s 10th summer season and will present 10 nights of “free curated cinema events under the stars.”

The event will take place August 21 to 30. Maximum capacity is set at 100 onsite audience members to the gated grounds of Fort York each evening. Groups will be spaced out to ensure a “secure and enjoyable open-air event.” Food and drink service will begin at 6:30 pm and screenings will begin at sundown or approximately 8:30 pm.

Free tickets can be obtained starting on August 3 at 12 pm.

“Following the previously-announced postponement of its summer-long 10th anniversary season across Toronto parks to 2021, this retrospective programme will tide audiences over during this strange year before the festival returns with the remainder of its milestone celebration season next year,” TOPS said in a release.

During opening weekend, audience members will be able to see the world premieres of two new short films, “The Women’s Hour” and “Tips Are Appreciated.” Both films were funded by the festival for the anniversary season.

“While it’s been encouraging to see curators and event producers pivot to digital programming and drive-in options over the past several months, the unique experience of watching great cinema in the open air with our friends and neighbours is at the core of what we do,” said TOPS Artistic & Executive Director Emily Reid.

“Our programming has always served urban residents primarily, who attend our screenings on foot or by bike, and we’re thrilled to be able to continue this tradition later this summer at Fort York, a location easily accessed by many Torontonians. We could all use a bit of relief this year, and the TOPS team looks forward to sharing some cinema magic with our longtime audiences again this summer.”

The event is BYOBlanket and chairs. You can also bring your own personal picnics but outside alcohol is prohibited.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show/Zoca Studio Inc.

Here is the full schedule:

Friday, August 21, 2020

  • Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954, USA)
  • Shorts: Dinette (Christopher Lazar & Gwynne Phillips, 2017, Canada) and the World Premiere of The Women’s Hour (Allison Johnston, Briana Templeton & Gwynne Phillips, 2020, Canada)

Saturday, August 22, 2020

  • Big (Penny Marshall, 1988, USA)
  • Shorts: The Little Deputy (Trevor Anderson, 2015, Canada) and the World Premiere of Tips are Appreciated (Trevor Anderson, 2020, Canada)

Sunday, August 23, 2020

  • Rafiki (Wanuri Kahiu, 2018, Kenya)
  • Short: The Drop In (Naledi Jackson, 2017, Canada)

Monday, August 24, 2020

  • Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953, USA)
  • Short: Long Branch (Linsey Stewart & Dane Clark, 2011, Canada)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

  • Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989, USA)
  • Short: Savage (Lisa Jackson, 2009, Canada)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

  • The Lunchbox (Ritesh Batra, 2013, India/France/Germany/USA/Canada)
  • Short: Lunchbox Loser (Virginia Abramovich, 2013, Canada)

Thursday, August 27, 2020

  • Thelma & Louise (Ridley Scott, 1991, USA)
  • Short: Glitter’s Wild Women (Roney, 2018, Canada)

Friday, August 28, 2020

  • The Before Trilogy: Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995, USA/Austria)
  • Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004, USA/France)
  • Before Midnight (Richard Linklater, 2013, USA/Greece)
  • Short: 100 Musicians (Charles Officer, 2012, Canada)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

  • Twister (Jan de Bont, 1996, USA)
  • Short: Blackout (Sharron Mirsky, 2013, Canada)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

  • Nosferatu (F.W. Murnau, 1922, Germany) with recorded score by Del Bel
  • Short: The Guest (Nick Rodgers, 2015, Canada)

This isn’t the only movie experience that the city will be offering this summer. Cadillac Fairview (CF) is hosting an outdoor movie experience at Sherway Gardens and it starts this week. Although it will not be open-air, this will be a drive-in that you don’t wanna miss.

The outdoor drive-in movie theatre was created in partnership with the City of Toronto’s DriveInTo initiative and will last for three weekends. Starting Thursday, July 30, the mall will be transforming its parking lot into a movie theatre.

Tickets are now available online.

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