The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Tivoli Under the Stars

Tivoli Under the Stars continues every Friday night through this fall! Enjoy some of your favorite films in the unparalleled setting of our new outdoor cinema.

Curated by Jerry Harrington, Tivoli Under the Stars continues Tivoli Cinema’s legacy of bringing the best of film to Kansas City.

Tickets & Schedule

Each purchase includes:

  • An eight-foot “pod” of dedicated lawn that can seat up to four people (five allowed only if the fifth is a child under three years old)
  • Movie tickets for up to four people
  • Museum admission for up to four people
  • Garage parking for up to two cars
  • Pod Pricing
    • Member: $42
    • Nonmember: $58

    Join today as a member, save on tickets and enjoy free parking!


Food & Drink

  • Food and drink are available for purchase from the Walking Snack Bar, and guests can order from their seat.
  • The Walking Snack Bar is open from 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
  • Outside food and drink are not permitted.
  • Concessions include alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks, candy, pop culture popcorn and graze boxes.
  • Limited quantities of graze boxes will be available without pre-order while supplies last.

What to Expect


  • Tivoli Under the Stars is located on the grassy roof lawn between Lens 1 & Lens 2.
  • Screenings will start 10-15 minutes after sunset.
  • Doors to the cinema open one hour before the printed start time.
  • Seating is first come, first served.
  • With the purchase of your pod reservation, you will be emailed four tickets for the film. These tickets will be scanned to enter the cinema. While you do not need to use all four of your tickets, your group is only provided one pod and must sit together.
  • If you do not have your tickets when you arrive, you can visit the Info Desk in the Bloch Lobby to retrieve them.
  • No one will be allowed into the cinema without a ticket.

Inside the Cinema

  • While pod space is provided with purchase, seating must be carried in by guests.
  • Blankets, pillows and chairs are all encouraged.
  • A small tarp underneath your blanket is recommended.
  • Dress for all potential weather changes. Umbrellas are not permitted while the movie is playing.
  • Pods can accommodate a maximum of four people. If a group has a child under three, it is allowable in this instance only to have five people in a pod. Under no circumstances may six people or more be in a single pod.
  • For the safety of other guests, children must remain in their designated pods.
  • Accessible restrooms are available on-site in the Bloch Building.
  • Guests should stay seated during the film unless using the restroom or getting concessions.
  • Food and drink are available for purchase at the Walking Snack Bar. Outside food and drinks are not permitted.
  • Smoking or vaping inside the cinema is not permitted.
  • Animals (other than service animals) are not permitted.

Location & Accessibility


  • Accessible parking is located in the museum parking garage.
  • After parking, enter the Bloch Building and take the elevator to the Plaza Level. Signage will lead you to the outdoor screening location.

Drop-Off Point

  • The cinema can be easily reached via the North Plaza Drive located on 45th street.
  • The North Plaza Drive is available as a pickup and drop-off point for all guests.


  • Accessible bathrooms are available within the Bloch Building, and will be open throughout the screening.


  • Cars may pull into the North Plaza Drive to pick up and drop off individuals where the sidewalk has curb cuts.
  • Tivoli Under the Stars offers ADA preferred seating on paved surfaces inside the cinema.
    • To reserve ADA preferred seating in advance, email or call 816.751.1278 24 hours before a scheduled film.
  • Subtitles will be turned on for all film screenings.
  • Special accommodations can be made for low vision guests.
    • Please email or call 816.751.1278 24 hours before a scheduled film to make us aware of your needs and we will do our best to accommodate.
  • The Bloch Building cafe will remain open during screenings and anyone is welcomed there for a low sensory moment at any point during the film.

COVID-19 Safety Practices

Keeping You Safe

  • Pods are eight feet wide and spaced three feet apart.
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the concessions cart or inside the museum.
  • Tivoli Under the Stars will follow all local ordinance related to COVID-19.

Inclement Weather Policy

Weather Policies

  • Guest safety is our primary concern during inclement weather.
  • We will make every effort to show movies as scheduled and only adjust in inclement weather circumstances.
  • We encourage all guests to dress for the weather – and potential weather changes.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted while the movie is playing.

Inclement Weather

  • When rain or severe weather is predicted in close proximity to the museum during movie hours (approximately 8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) with 60% certainty or greater, the show for that evening will be postponed.
  • The call will be made by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the film. This information will be emailed to all ticket holders.


  • Ticket holders will be notified by email by 4:00 p.m. on the day of the film if the film is rescheduled.


Make-up dates will be assigned at the time of cancellation. Email or call 816.751.1278 with questions.