Movie lover Amanda Factor, who calls herself a "big nerd," has created a Google calendar of every outdoor movie in Toronto that is playing this summer.
Her boyfriend posted the 2017 calendar to the Toronto Reddit on Thursday for anyone in the city to use. It received more than 900 endorsements in the form of upvotes.
Factor told Metro Morning that she has been creating a Toronto outdoor movie schedule every year for the past five years because watching a movie outside in the summer is a memorable experience.
"There is something about watching a movie under the stars, with the fresh air, on a blanket, and you are surrounded by nature," she said Friday,
"I find that there's a different feeling to watching a movie outside. People just get so excited. They cheer. And they applaud when the movie is over. They have snacks and pets. It really is a special, magical experience," she said.
Calendar is 'labour of love'
Factor said it takes her a few hours to put the calendar together and she creates the document while she's watching movies or TV shows. Initially, she shared the calendar with a few friends, then she posted it to Facebook. This year on Facebook, it received more than 300 likes.
"It's kind of like a labour of love. I'm a big nerd for organizing and making calendars and schedules and lists and stuff. It's kind of fun for me to do," she said.
"I've been making them for my own personal use."
Factor said when she watches a movie outdoors in summer, it means she has officially joined the season.
"I'm actually not much of a summer person. I'm a just a homebody. I'm a total stay-at-home, watch-a-movie-inside kind of person. So I feel like, when I go to an outdoor movie, it's like I'm saying, 'Hey everyone, I'm participating in summer, I'm outside, I'm doing something,'" she said.
Wear layers and bring pizza, she says
Her favourite venues to watch outdoor movies are Regent Park, for its community feeling; Christie Pits, because the park is beautiful; and Harbourfront with the water in the background and boats sailing by.
Her tips for making the most of the experience? Wear layers in case the temperature drops, and bring food, such as a whole pizza.
On Friday night, according to the calendar, Wayne's World is being screened outdoors for free at Albert Campbell Square at 150 Borough Dr.
The movie begins at 9 p.m., with the event starting at 8 p.m., as part of the 5th annual Scarborough WorldWide Film Festival.
On Saturday evening, according to the calendar, 2001: A Space Odyssey is being screened outdoors at Scarborough Bluffers Park, 1 Brimley Rd. S., also as part of the festival.
A large "Scarborough" sign, a temporary installation reminiscent of the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles, will be unveiled at 8 p.m. along the cliffs in Scarborough Bluffers Park.