9 outdoor movie theaters near Kansas City, MO

Pass the popcorn, please. Nothing screams “summer” like hitting the town for a bit of nighttime cinema under the stars, stretched out on a freshly cut lawn or kicking back in the bed of a truck.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic date night activity — like a scene out of your favorite rom-com — or just want to hang out with friends, we’ve got you covered with nine outdoor movie theaters that will have you feeling like the star in your own motion picture.

🎬 Screenland Armour Theater

  • Location: 408 Armour Rd., North Kansas City, MO
  • Open: Sat., Aug. 20 + Sat., Aug. 27
  • Top showings: The Wedding Singer + Romeo and Juliet
  • Ticket prices: Free + $5
  • Additional features: Put on by Boulevard Brewing Co., bring your own chair to the back parking lot with seating starting at 8 p.m. and movies playing at sundown. All well-behaved furry friends are welcome, but leave your outside food + drink (except water) at home and purchase from the concession stand instead.

🎬 2022 Off the Wall Film Series: Cage Match

  • Location: The Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St., Kansas City, MO
  • Open: Fri., Aug. 19 + Fri., Sept. 16
  • Top showings: Con Air + National Treasure OR Face/Off (TBD by audience vote and determined on Fri., Sept. 9)
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Additional features: RSVP for a skyline cinema experience on the rooftop terrace, and BYO seating, blankets, food + non-alcoholic beverages. Doors to the library open at 8 p.m. and showings start at dusk around 8:45 p.m.

🎬 Movies in the Park

  • Location: Meadowbrook Park (9101 Nall Ave., Prairie Village, KS) + Heritage Park (Overland Park, KS)
  • Open: Fri., Aug. 19, Fri., Aug. 26, Fri., Sept. 30 + Fri., Oct. 28
  • Top showings: Cars, A Bug’s Life, Zootopia + Monsters, Inc.
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Additional features: Come out to the amphitheater and bring your own chairs, blankets, and snacks with concessions available, including beer + wine. Gates open at 8 p.m. with movies starting a half hour later depending on the sunset.
Chill out in the pod with your squad under the stars.

Chill out in the pod with your squad at Tivoli Under the Stars. | Photo by @nelsonatkins

🎬 Tivoli Under the Stars

  • Location: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St., Kansas City, MO
  • Open: Every Friday from Fri., Aug. 19-Fri., Sept. 23
  • Top showings: The Big Lebowski, Black Panther, Jurassic Park + Moulin Rouge
  • Ticket prices: $42 member pods + $58 non-member pods (pods are up to four people, or add a fifth if it’s a child under three years of age)
  • Additional features: Screenings start 10-15 minutes after sunset. Pre-order a Graze Box of snacks for two people for $22, including the VanGogh To-Go, the Lion’s Lunchbox, Picasso’s Palate, or Benton’s Box — all with options like cheese, nuts, dried fruit, hummus, veggies, meats, salsas, and crackers.

🎬 B&B Theatres Twin Drive-In

  • Location: 1320 N. 291 + Kentucky Rd., Independence, MO
  • Open: Now-Wed., Aug. 24
  • Top showings: Minions Rise of Gru, DC League of Super Pets, Thor: Love and Thunder + Top Gun: Maverick
  • Ticket prices: $22 per car
  • Additional features: Experience double features with all showings starting at 9 p.m. Drive up in your car and tune in with FM radio to listen, plus grab a bag of popcorn at the concession stand.
Movies in the Park is a great way to see classic films.

Movies in the Park is a great way to see classic films. | Photo by Wendy Delzeit + @cityoflenexa

🎬 Movies in the Park (Lenexa)

  • Location: Electric Park (9305 Loiret Blvd., Lenexa, KS) + Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park (87th St. Pkwy. and Lackman Rd., Lenexa, KS)
  • Open: Fri., Aug. 26 + Fri., Sept. 16
  • Top showings: The Karate Kid + Jumanji
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Additional features: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, family, and dogs to these free showings (with free parking) that start at dusk — around 8:30 p.m. for “The Karate Kid” in August at Electric Park, and around 7:45 p.m. for “Jumanji” in September at Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park.

🎬 Popcorn in the Park

  • Location: Capitol Federal Sports Complex, 2200 Old State Hwy. 210, Liberty, MO
  • Open: Fri., Aug. 26
  • Top showings: Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Additional features: Grab lawn chairs + blankets — and even your picnic basket, sans alcohol — and take part in an outdoor movie experience that includes fun and games at 6 p.m. before the movie starts at dusk, around 8 p.m. Popcorn and water will be provided.
Stop by the Swap & Shop every Saturday and Sunday at Boulevard Drive-In.

Stop by the Swap & Shop every Saturday and Sunday at Boulevard Drive-In. | Photo by @goroe

🎬 Boulevard Drive-In

  • Location: 1051 Merriam Ln., Kansas City, KS
  • Open: Fri., Aug. 19 + Sat., Aug. 20 (new showings added each week)
  • Top showings: Grease + Footloose
  • Ticket prices: $15 for the double feature
  • Additional features: Pull up at the world’s first 4K drive-in cinema experience, and watch from inside your vehicle using your car stereo for sound or bring a lawn chair. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. with the first movie showing an hour later. Be sure to bring cash only for tickets and snacks — children under 11 are free + dogs are welcome.

🎬 Movie night

  • Location: Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, 13800 Switzer Rd., Overland Park, KS
  • Open: Sat., Aug. 27 + Sat., Sept. 17
  • Top showings: Luca + Encanto
  • Ticket prices: Free
  • Additional features: Hang out on the lawn and partake in the pre-movie festivities, including cornhole, live music and treats like cotton candy + dip-and-dots from sponsor Goldfish Swim School. The September “Moo-vie Night” event will be dairy-themed, featuring ice cream treats from local dairy farmers and food from The Melt Truck, Burg & Barrel Food Truck, and Jack’s Kettle Corn. Movies begin at dusk, between 8-8:30 p.m.
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