2024: Party Central

Central Library in pink cartoon style

The Library’s annual summer film series returns with a fresh lineup of FREE outdoor movies.

To celebrate 150 years of the Library AND the 20th anniversary of Central Library – we're throwing a party, so raise the roof!

The 2024 Off the Wall series on Central Library’s Rooftop Terrace – appropriately titled Party Central – features (most) characters having the time of their lives.

Whether it’s Barbie and Ken at the beach or teenagers on the last day of high school, friends at a bachelor party or a college student stuck in a time loop, these stories will remind you how unforgettable parties in movies – and in real life – can be.

Co-presented by Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library.

June 21, July 19, August 16, and September 13
FREE admission • Doors open at 8 p.m. • Screenings at 8:45 p.m.
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 or folding chairs for seating. Seating not provided.
  • Bring your own food, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. No glass containers, please.
  • Doors open at 8 p.m. 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.
  • Parking: Enter the Library District parking garage via Baltimore Ave. Bring your parking ticket to the event for complimentary validation.
  • Transit options: take KC Streetcar to the Library stop at 9th / Main or Ride KC bus routes.
  • In case of bad weather, the event may be moved indoors or canceled. Watch event pages or the Library’s social media feeds for updates.