Off-the-Wall

Some tips and notes about how best to enjoy an evening of downtown KC skyline cinema on the Central Library's Rooftop Terrace:

  • Bring your own blankets and folding chairs for seating.
  • You may bring outside food and non-alcoholic beverages (no glass containers, please!)
  • Doors open at 8 p.m. (Note: The Central Library closes at 5 p.m. on Fridays, but the doors reopen at 8 p.m. for Off-the-Wall audiences.)
  • All movies begin at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.)
  • In case of bad weather, screenings are moved indoors.
  • Parking is available in the Library District parking garage at 10th and Baltimore. Bring your parking ticket for complimentary validation. Transit options: take KC Streetcar to the Library stop at 9th / Main or Ride KC buses to 10th / Main transit plaza.

Previous Off-the-Wall Series

2019

From far-flung galaxies to the skyscrapers of New York City, this year’s FREE Library rooftop summer film series goes out of this world with interstellar and interdimensional adventures. The constellation of memorable characters includes aliens with colossal craniums, spaced-out actors, dark-helmeted villains, and a web-slinging spider squad.

Third Fridays, May through September

FREE admission • Doors open at 8 p.m. • Screenings: 8:45 p.m.

Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., KCMO • Rooftop Terrace, 5th Floor

RSVP for each event by visiting the Film Screenings links or by calling 816.701.3407

Co-presented by Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library. Enjoy complimentary popcorn provided by Velvet Creme. Sample some local brews courtesy of KC Bier Co.

Film Screenings

MAY 17: Spaceballs (1987, PG, 1h 36 min)

JUNE 21: Coneheads (1993, PG, 1h 28 min)

JULY 19: Galaxy Quest (1999, PG, 1h 42 min)

AUGUST 16: Mars Attacks (1996, PG-13, 1h 50 min)

SEPTEMBER 20: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018, PG, 1h 57 min)

2018

This year’s FREE Library rooftop summer film series includes an eccentric playlist of comedies with song-centric storylines. Music-filled movies feature prep-school rockers, gangsta rappers, collegiate a cappella competitors, a young couple scouring the city for an elusive band, and a golden-throated carnivorous plant.

Third Fridays, May through September

FREE admission • Doors open at 8 p.m. • Screenings: 8:45 p.m.

Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., KCMO • Rooftop Terrace, 5th Floor

RSVP for each event by visiting the Film Screenings links or by calling 816.701.3407

Film Screenings

MAY 18: School of Rock (2003, 1 h 49 m, PG-13)

JUNE 15: CB4 (1993, 1 h 29 m, R)

JULY 20: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008, 1 h 30 m, PG-13)

AUGUST 17: Little Shop of Horrors (1986, 1h 43 m, PG-13)

SEPTEMBER 21: Pitch Perfect (2012, 1 h 52 m, PG-13)

2017

This year the Library's FREE rooftop summer film series highlights quirky characters fighting the status quo. These madcap movie escapades are set to memorable soundtracks ideally produced to serve up shenanigans.

Second Fridays, May through September

FREE admission • Doors open at 8 p.m.* • Screenings begin at 8:45 p.m.

Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., KCMO • Rooftop Terrace, 5th Floor

RSVP for each event by visiting the Film Screenings links or by calling 816.701.3407

Film Screenings

MAY 12: Wayne's World (1992, PG-13, 1 hr 34 min.)

JUNE 9: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995, PG-13, 1 hr 49 min.)

JULY 14: Wet Hot American Summer (2001, R, 1 hr 37 min.)

AUGUST 11: Harold & Maude (1971, PG, 1 hr 31 min.)

SEPTEMBER 8: Spice World (1997, PG, 1 hr 33 min.)

2013

Paul Rudd first found acting success performing serious stuff like Shakespeare on the Broadway stage. But in recent years the Kansas City native has become a comedy icon, thanks to his regular gig on TV’s Friends and high-profile roles in big-screen hits from the likes of Judd Apatow.

Rudd has gone from stealing scenes as a supporting player to being the name above the title, and in 2013 the Library celebrates his career with Paul Rudd: Hometown Hero, this summer’s Off-the-Wall Film Series. Intro Video

Most titles are recommended for adult audiences only.

Friday, May 17 - Role Models Rated R, 2008

Friday, June 21 - Our Idiot Brother Rated R, 2011

Friday, July 19 - I Love You, Man Rated R, 2009

Friday, August 16 - Dinner for Schmucks Rated PG-13, 2010

Friday, September 20 - Wanderlust  Rated R, 2012