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VIFF Plaza

Free outdoor screenings of American Graffiti and The Muppet Movie

Free Events

We’re bringing a slice of the festival action to the streets!

Join us in downtown Vancouver as we kick off VIFF 2023 with free outdoor film screenings, food stalls, giveaways, and more from VIFF and our partners.

On Sunday October 1, we’ll be opening our very own drive-in cinema (car not required!) to celebrate a comedy classic from George Lucas, American Graffiti.

We’ll follow Kermit’s cross-country road trip to Hollywood on Monday, October 2 with a screening of Jim Henson’s The Muppet Movie, as we pack the Plaza with fun for all ages.

Day 1

Oct 1, 3:00 pm-7:00 pm
American Graffiti begins at 5:00 pm

Day 2

Oct 2, 1:00 pm-5:30 pm
The Muppet Movie begins at 3:30 pm


VIFF Plaza Day 1 – American Graffiti

Sunday, October 1, 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Film begins at 5:00 pm

On Sunday, October 1 we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of George Lucas’s Oscar-nominated coming-of-age comedy American Graffiti (1973) with a free screening open to the public.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. We’re also offering you the chance to win an extra special experience!

Enter to Win!

The drive-in cinema is synonymous with this cult classic – so we’re building our own…

A few lucky films fans will get the opportunity to win a VIP drive-in cinema style experience on October 1 with a prime viewing spot in a luxury car, complete with dinner served right in your seat! Contest ends 12 pm, Tuesday September 26th.


American Graffiti film image

About the Film

“Where were you in 62?” asked the ads for this irresistible jukebox nostalgia trip.

In 1962 George Lucas was 18 and about to leave Modesto, California. American Graffiti taps into the loss, anxiety and exhilaration of moving on, as well as waxing nostalgic for teenage courtship and early rock n roll.

Even if the idea of cruising Main Street in a souped up hot rod grooving to Wolfman Jack seems like a galaxy far, far away, this is easily Lucas’s warmest film, and one of the funniest comedies of the 70s.


VIFF Plaza Day 2 – The Muppet Movie

Monday October 2, 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Film begins at 3:30 pm

Day 2 will be packed full of fun for families, topped off with a free afternoon screening of Jim Henson’s The Muppet Movie (1979). There’ll be food stalls – but luckily for Kermit, Doc Hopper’s Frog Legs won’t be on the menu…

The Muppet Movie film image

About the Film

The Muppets’ delightful first feature film (released in 1979) is appropriately enough an origin story.

Kermit the Frog embarks on a cross-country road trip from the Florida swamps to Hollywood, California, meeting Fozzie, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang along the way.

With cameos from Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, and Orson Welles, among many others, and songs by Paul Williams (Rainbow Connection).



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(Formerly known as the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza)

750 Hornby St,
Vancouver, BC Canada
V6Z 2H7