Outdoor movies

Outdoor Movie Night

Warm summer evenings are the perfect time to watch a movie outdoors. What’s even better is the opportunity to invite your neighbours and build strong community bonds. An outdoor movie night is the perfect way to create community connections. Just sit back and enjoy the show.

Want to host an outdoor movie night at your local park this summer? The 2023 outdoor movie night application is now open. Londoners have until March 31, 2023 to fill out the application.


Please note priority is given to applicants who are planning additional events or activities associated with their outdoor movie night such as community barbecues, street parties, or entertainment and games. The City of London has several supports for neighbourhood events, including the Neighbourhood Small-Events Fund and Event Equipment Lending. Visit our supports for neighbourhood events webpage for more details.

If you have any questions, please email neighbourgood@london.ca or call 519-661-5336.

Guidelines to host

Who can apply?

Applications are only open to London residents and neighbourhood-based groups. Schools, school councils, faith-based organizations, places of worship, businesses or non-profit organizations cannot apply. Resident or groups can only apply for one outdoor movie night per year.

What do residents have to do?

Residents who are chosen to host outdoor movie nights in their neighbourhood must:

  • Bring a DVD, Blu-ray or electronic version of the movie on a USB
  • Promote the event in their neighbourhood with posters, flyers, and on social media. We expect a minimum of 100 residents to attend
  • Be at the park by 7 p.m. on the day of the event with the movie

What does the City of London do?

The City of London will:

  • Book the park and provide insurance for the event
  • Provide all the necessary equipment and staff, and set up and tear down the equipment
  • Purchase the license to publicly show the movie
  • Upon request, print posters and flyers designed by the host
  • Determine cancellation of an outdoor movie night, should there be inclement weather (rain dates are not guaranteed)

When do outdoor movie nights take place?

Outdoor movie nights take place from June to September. City staff begin setup at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk. There are a limited number of movie nights each season based on availability of resources. The following dates are not available due to long weekends and City activities and festivals: June 30 to July 2, August 5 to August 7 and September 2 to September 4.

Where can an outdoor movie take place?

Outdoor movie nights can only take place in City of London parks and green spaces.

What happens if there is rain or thunderstorms or high wind on the date and time of my outdoor movie night?

In the event of rain, thunderstorms or high wind, the outdoor movie night will be cancelled. The City of London will post updates on its FacebookTwitter and Instagram pages informing Londoners that an outdoor movie night has been cancelled.

Other important information

The movie license companies control whether the movie requested is available for a license on a specific date. Insurance coverage begins one hour prior to the movie beginning or when City staff arrive.

Last modified:Tuesday, January 31, 2023