Downtown drive-in offers up more free movies in Winnipeg

A part of downtown Winnipeg will be turned into a drive-in movie theatre on August weekends. That's in addition to the annual Movies on Memorial, in Memorial park.
A downtown parking lot is being turned into a drive-in movie theatre on Saturdays throughout August. (Downtown Winnipeg BIZ)

A part of downtown Winnipeg will be turned into a drive-in movie theatre on August weekends.

It'll happen in the CityPlace parking lot every Saturday from Aug. 9-30. Shows start at sundown and are free for those who come by bike, transit, or on foot. Admission is $10 per vehicle.

“They may be disappearing from the landscape one-by-one, but drive-in movies certainly aren’t forgotten," said Ross McGowan, president & CEO of CentreVenture Development Corporation.

The drive-in is a partnership between Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI), and CentreVenture, an arm's length agency of the City of Winnipeg.

“We are excited to welcome audiences to our emerging entertainment district for an outdoor event that brings our community together and supports local businesses,” McGowan said.

The parking lot is located at the corner of Carlton Street and Graham Avenue, in the heart of the city's Sports, Hospitality, and Entertainment District (SHED).

The movie lineup includes:

  • Aug. 9 — The Dark Knight
  • Aug. 16 — Zoolander
  • Aug. 23 — The Avengers
  • Aug. 30 — The Matrix or Terminator 2: Judgment Day

“For those who grew up in the era when drive-ins were the place to go see a movie, this is a superb way to reconnect with our City’s downtown through a family entertainment favourite,” said Mayor Sam Katz.

“The drive-in experience is a nostalgic look back at such a fun time and I encourage citizens to attend an iconic entertainment activity in our new emerging SHED.”​

To accommodate all modes of transit, the drive-in site will be divided into three sections, providing options for seating, bicycle parking and vehicles.

Spots for vehicles must be reserved through The Shed website.

Movies on Memorial

The Downtown Winnipeg Biz is also offering its annual Movies on Memorial in August, inviting people to bring chairs or blankets and sit under the stars.

The free flicks will be shown on a 40-foot inflatable screen in Memorial Park, at the corner of Broadway and Memorial Boulevard.

“There is something special about doing indoor things outdoors,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown BIZ.

“You get a chance to breathe in the fresh air and experience downtown in a way you may not have done before. With the addition of a second movie screening location [the drive-in], we’re giving people even more reasons to come check out their downtown in the evenings and weekends.”

Movies on Memorial will be shown every Tuesday at sundown. In the event of rain, the movie will take place the following day.

  • Aug. 5 — Forrest Gump
  • Aug. 12 — Karate Kid
  • Aug. 19 — Back to the Future
  • Aug. 26 — The Princess Bride or Toy Story

People are asked to vote online for the Aug. 26 film

Concessions will also be set up to provide something for people to snack on during the shows.


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