Free outdoor movies coming to Vancouver Art Gallery plaza in downtown this summer

Jun 19 2018, 11:04 am

We’ve got them in the park, on the waterfront, and at a drive-in. And now Vancouver is getting a whole new free outdoor movie series as šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza) is set to play host to Summer Movie Nights on the Square.

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Each Wednesday evening from July 4 to August 29, Fresh Air Cinema’s large, four-storey inflatable screen will pop up, creating the perfect urban environment to take in a flick surrounded by the concrete jungle – just be sure to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets.

After being closed for almost a year, the newly redesigned Square opened last June, removing the water fountain and levelling the surface into a 45,176-square-foot, event-friendly plaza with capacity for 1,500 people.

In partnership with the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA), and as the exclusive media partner of the new series, Daily Hive readers have the chance to pick the first movie to be screened this summer!

Readers’ choice of the first movie to play

  • A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
  • Meditation Park (2017)
  • Midnight in Paris (2011)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)


With the theme of “Cities” for the inaugural series, here’s the full lineup. We’ll announce the readers’ choice film later this month.

Summer Movie Nights on the Square

When: Every Wednesday from July 4 to August 29

Time: Activities begin at 5 pm, movie begins at sunset (check sunset times as that will be your best indication of when movies will start)

Where: šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly North Plaza at Vancouver Art Gallery) – 850 W Georgia Street, Vancouver

Cost: Free

Free outdoor movies downtown Vancouver 2018 schedule

July 4 – Readers’ Choice

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July 11 – Lost in Translation (2003)


July 18 – Zootopia (2016)


July 25 – Ocean’s Eleven (2001)

Las Vegas

August 1 – Moulin Rouge! (2001)


August 8 – Notting Hill (1999)


August 15 – Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

San Francisco

August 22 – La La Land (2016)

Los Angeles

August 29 – Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

New York

*Scheduled films are subject to change


Daily Hive is the proud exclusive media partner of Summer Movie Nights on the Square

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