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 Legally Blonde and The Wizard of Oz.

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

Saturday Night Outdoor Movies

Head to Mulberry Lake across from The Village at Briarcliff for a wide variety of feature films, from action-packed adventures like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom to family favorites such as Coco.

Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and more to help them get comfortable for each free Saturday Night Outdoor Movies showing.

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, where individuals are invited to the Central Library downtown to enjoy free movies on the Rooftop Terrace.

Blankets and folding chairs are encouraged while complimentary popcorn is provided, and KC Bier Co. beers are available to sample for those of appropriate age.

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 May 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 65-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.

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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.

Head to Lenexa for movie nights at Grinders Stonewall, where classics young and old are shown on the restaurant's outdoor screen. 


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