Outdoor movies

Please note the 2021 Outdoor Movie Night program is now closed. We look forward to offering more Outdoor Movie Nights in 2022!

The 2021 outdoor movie night program looks a little different this year, but the NeighbourGood London team is so excited to bring outdoor movie nights back for Londoners to reconnect with old friends and neighbours!

City staff will be hosting “Through the Decades,” an outdoor movie night series showcasing family movies from the 1980s all the way up to the 2020s. We will host five free movies in five different areas of the city. Unfortunately, we can’t accept requests for movie nights this season.

Pre-registration is required. Upon entry, you will be asked to show your registration confirmation either on your phone or through a printed copy. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. the day of each movie night.

COVID-19 practices and protocols will be in place at each outdoor movie night to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Masks or face coverings are required when guests are not seated.

Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, snacks and drinks.

In the event of rain, thunderstorms or high wind, the outdoor movie night will be cancelled. Registrants will be sent an email informing them of the cancellation ahead of the movie night.

We look forward to going back to our regular resident-led neighbourhood movie nights next summer!

For questions, please email neighbourgood@london.ca or call 519-661-5336.

Through the Decades: 2021 Outdoor Movie Nights Full Schedule

Please note registration opens at 8 a.m. the day of each movie night.

The Princess Bride (1987) - Friday, August 13, 2021, Storybook Gardens, 1958 Storybook Lane

Register on August 13

The Sandlot (1993) - Saturday, August 21, 2021, Labatt Park, 25 Wilson Avenue

Register on August 21

Shrek (2001) - Friday, August 27, 2021, Southeast Optimist Park, 237 Deveron Crescent

Register on August 27

Coco (2017) - Saturday, September 11, 2021, University Heights Park, 290 Trott Drive

Register on September 11

Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) - Friday, September 17, 2021, Ed Blake Park, 449 Barker Street

Register on September 17

Guidelines to host
Who can apply?

Residents and neighbourhood-based groups only. Schools, school councils, faith based organizations, places of worship, businesses or non-profit organizations may not apply.

What do residents have to do?
  • Bring the DVD or the electronic version of the movie on a USB.
  • Promote the event to the neighbourhood with posters, flyers, and on social media. We expect a minimum of 50 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?
  • Book the park and provide insurance for the event.
  • Purchase the license to publically screen the movie.
  • Print posters/flyers for resident promotion if requested.
  • Provide all necessary equipment; staff the event; set up and tear down the equipment.
  • Determine cancellation of a movie due to weather (rain dates not guaranteed).
When can outdoor movies take place?
  • Movie nights run from late May to mid-September.
  • There are a limited number of movie nights each season, based on availability of resources.
  • A resident or group may only apply for one outdoor movie night per year.
  • City staff begin setup at 7 p.m., and the movie begins at dusk.
Where can an outdoor movie take place?
  • Outdoor Movie Nights can only take place in City of London parks and green spaces.


Apply to host a movie night

Unfortunately, we are not accepting requests for the 2021 movie night season.

Other important information

The license companies control whether the movie requested is available for a license on a specific date.

Insurance coverage begins at 7 p.m. when staff arrive. If the park is to be used before 7 p.m., it needs to be booked separately through the Neighbourhoods Events Booking Process.


Last modified:Tuesday, October 12, 2021