Enjoy free outdoor movies at Stanley Park, Vancouver

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July 10 (TravelAndy): Shake out your favourite outdoor blanket and start planning what to bring in your picnic basket because one of the most hotly anticipated events of the summer is coming back to Vancouver this July and August!

Every Tuesday night during the summer, free outdoor movies are screened in the picturesque setting of Stanley Park. Thousands of people flock to Ceperly Meadows (near second beach pool) to gather together, munch on some popcorn, and enjoy the experience of watching a classic movie under the stars on a four-story high inflatable screen.

The schedule for the 2018 outdoor movies in Stanley Park has been released, and it’s full of family-friendly flicks, classic comedies, and more… Check out what’s in store for the 2018 summer season every Tuesday till August 21st in the list below:

July 10, 2018 – Stand By Me

Synopsis: After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys’ adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.

Showtime: After sunset, 9:15pm

July 17, 2018 – The Lion King

Synopsis: This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Zoe Leader), the heir of his father, Mufasa (Ernie Sabella). Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar (Rowan Atkinson), plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult (Jeremy Irons) to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and Pumbaa (Cheech Marin).

Showtime: After sunset, 9:10pm

July 24, 2018 – Mean Girls

Synopsis: That’s so fetch! Teenage Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan) was educated in Africa by her scientist parents. When her family moves to the suburbs of Illinois, Cady finally gets to experience public school and gets a quick primer on the cruel, tacit laws of popularity that divide her fellow students into tightly knit cliques. She unwittingly finds herself in the good graces of an elite group of cool students dubbed “the Plastics,” but Cady soon realizes how her shallow group of new friends earned this nickname.

Showtime: After sunset, 9:05pm

July 31, 2018 – Spice World

Synopsis: 90s night! It’s time to spice up your life with the Spice Girls! Join Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) and Victoria Addams (Posh Spice) – zip around London in their luxurious double decker tour bus having various adventures and performing for their fans, leading up to a major concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Showtime: After sunset, 8:55pm

August 7, 2018 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Synopsis: Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) has an uncanny skill at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last duck-out before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a one-day journey through the streets of Chicago. On Ferris’ trail is high school principal Rooney (Jeffrey Jones), determined to catch him in the act.

Showtime: After sunset, 8:45pm

August 14, 2018 – Grease

Synopsis: Experience the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950s. Welcome to the singing and dancing world of “Grease,” the most successful movie musical of all time. A wholesome exchange student (Olivia Newton-John) and a leather-clad Danny (John Travolta) have a summer romance, but will it cross clique lines?

Showtime: After sunset, 8:30pm

August 21, 2018 – Titanic

Synopsis: James Cameron’s “Titanic” is an epic, action-packed romance set against the ill-fated maiden voyage of the R.M.S. Titanic; the pride and joy of the White Star Line and, at the time, the largest moving object ever built. She was the most luxurious liner of her era — the “ship of dreams” — which ultimately carried over 1,500 people to their death in the ice cold waters of the North Atlantic in the early hours of April 15, 1912.

Showtime: After sunset, 8:20pm

These events remain 100% free unless you’d like the comfort of the VIP section that comes complete with a lawn chair and guaranteed front row seating for CAD20 a seat. New this year, you can also splurge for “dinner and a movie” for only CAD30, which includes a 3-course meal and a VIP seat!

For those who want to keep the evening as cheap as possible, you can just roll up to second beach with a picnic blanket and some food to snack on throughout the night. Don’t forget that these are evening movies, so you might get a little chilly. Bring an extra blanket or two!


Dates: Every Tuesday night till August 21
Time: Movies start based on the sunset (9:00pm – 8:00pm), but get there early if you want good seats (festivities start at 5pm)
Location: Ceperley Meadows near Second Beach, Stanley Park


Tuesday, July 10 – Stand by Me
Tuesday, July 17 – The Lion King
Tuesday, July 24 – Mean Girls
Tuesday, July 31 – Spice World
Tuesday, August 7 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Tuesday, August 14 – Grease
Tuesday, August 21 – Titanic


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