Cinema Under the Stars in Kansas City

Hollywood classic or brand-new blockbuster, celebrate movie magic underneath the Midwestern sky at Kansas City’s varied collection of outdoor cinema experiences—the perfect way to spend a summer evening among the stars.


Crown Center’s silver screen event showcases favorite films that are entertaining and approachable for the entire family, such as The Addams Family and Barbie.

WeekEnder is less a free movie screening and more a full-blown festival thanks to live music and food trucks for four straight Fridays every July, all capping off with a different picture each week.

Tivoli Under the Stars

Tivoli Under the Stars | The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Experience films in an unparalleled setting! Join The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art for outdoor screenings of all your favorite films, on the lawn and under the stars. Tivoli Under the Stars features new releases, documentaries, restored classics, foreign and art films at throughout the summer.

Backyard Movies at Screenland Armour

Backyard Movies at Screenland Armour
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In North Kansas City, spend your weekends under the stars in July and August at Screenland Armour.

The venue's Backyard Movies series features films that span across decades and genres, promising something for everyone. Backyard Movies continue on Saturdays throughout the summer.

Off the Wall Film Series

The Kansas City Public Library is home to the Off the Wall Film Series, one of the most anticipated outdoor movie events of the year. Hosted by the Central Library in Downtown KC, this year's screenings take place on the building's rooftop terrace.

This year's "Party Central" theme brings a lineup of films featuring (most) characters having the time of their lives. Blankets, folding chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are encouraged.

Movies in the Park

All are welcome with lawn chairs and blankets included to Lenexa's summer film series Movies in the Park.

Plan on family friendly pictures paired with lawn games, live music and more at this monthly event that takes place June through September. 

Boulevard Drive-In Theatre

Located in KCK, Boulevard Drive-In is the world’s first 4K drive-in cinema experience, touting modern amenities in retro style.

A lot has changed in the 70-plus years the theatre has been in operation—the original screen was constructed completely out of wood, for starters—but moviegoers can still catch showings of all the most popular films in wide release.

Other Drive-In Experiences


The Twin Drive-In in Independence attracts film buffs in search of unique viewing experiences all throughout the year. Plus, special events such as birthday parties and inexpensive kids movies during mornings in the summer provide opportunities to make long-lasting memories.