The chill of an air-conditioned movie theatre is heavenly in the summer heat, but having to share a small space with popcorn-crunching moviegoers isn't ideal. Not to mention the steep admission fee and overpriced concession food! Another options is watching movies outside - bring a blanket or a lawn chair and snacks and stretch out under the stars - for free.

You won't catch this season's hottest romantic comedy at an outdoor cinema, but it doesn't cost anything, it's out in the fresh air, and it's a fun way to spend a warm summer night. Shows begin at dusk, so get there before the sun goes down to get a good spot.

Here are some of the outdoor movies playing in Vancouver this summer:


Chevron Summer Cinema Series

Movies are shown every Tuesday throughout July and August at dusk, just after sunset. Moviegoers can watch classics on a three-storey inflatable screen at Second Beach in Stanley Park. Check out this summer's movies:

> July 3 - Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
>  July 10 - Zoolander
>  July 17 - Spaceballs
>  July 24 - The Lion King
> July 31 - Grease
>  Aug. 7 - The Blues Brothers
>  Aug. 14 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Aug. 21 - Labyrinth
>  Aug. 28 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off


Movies in the City of Vancouver

Movies start approximately at 8:00pm.

> Aug. 11 - Back to the Future  at Trout Lake, 3350 Victoria Drive, Vancouver.
> Aug. 19 - Dirty Dancing at David Lam Park, 1300 Pacific Blvd @ Drake Street. 

Movies at Nat Bailey Stadium

Gates open at 6:30pm and movies start at 7pm.

> June 15 - Toy Story
> July 13 - Old Yeller
> July 27 - The Incredibles
> Aug. 10 - Field of Dreams
> Aug. 31 - Aladdin

If you want to venture a little bit out of Vancouver, outdoor movies are also playing in some of the suburbs:

> July 20 - Big Miracle > Aug. 17 - The Lorax

Movies start at 9pm, at The Meadow (SFU) 8888 University Drive, Burnaby. (The Meadow is directly east of the Terry Fox Field and the Campus Security office).

> Aug. 11 - Sandlot at North Delta Community Park, approx. 8:30pm.

> June 30 - The Lorax at McLeod Park, Corner of 56 ave and 216 street, approx. 9:20pm.

> July 4 - Rango at West Richmond Community Centre/ Hugh Boyd Park, approx. 9:20pm.
> July 31 - The Muppets at King George Park West, approx. 9pm.

> July 27 - The Lorax at Fraser Heights Recreation Centre, 10588 - 160 Street, Surrey, BC, approx. 9pm.