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.

Backyard Movies at Screenland Armour

Backyard Movies at Screenland Armour
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In North Kansas City, spend your weekends under the stars throughout summer and autumn at Screenland Armour with Boulevard Brewing Co.

The venue's Backyard Movies series features films that span across decades and genres, promising something for everyone. Backyard Movies continue on Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 30.

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 top of the Community Bookshelf Parking Garage (just west of the library building).

This year's "Movies Under the MonStars" theme brings a lineup of larger-than-life cartoon characters and out-of-this-world creatures to the screen. Blankets, folding chairs, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are encouraged.



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 July, all capping off with a different picture each week.

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.

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.

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