The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Tivoli Under the Stars

Tivoli Under the Stars returns for its fourth season of al fresco movie screenings on the Nelson-Atkins lawn. Enjoy all your favorites, screening Friday nights from June 7 through Oct. 4. 

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


Each ticket purchase includes an eight-foot “pod” on the lawn and movie admission for up to four people (or five, if the fifth is a child under three). 

Pods are $45 for Nelson-Atkins members or $61 for the general public. 


The Princess Bride
Friday, June 7 | 8:45 p.m.
PG | 98 min.



A fairytale adventure is reimagined in this timeless 80s classic. The Princess Bride transports viewers into a story within a story, chronicling a beautiful young woman, her one true love, and the motley cast of misfits and miscreants who stand in their way.

The Devil Wears Prada
Friday, June 21 | 8:48 p.m.
PG-13 | 109 min.


Recent college graduate Andy lands herself a job as assistant to Miranda Priestly, the tyrannical editor-in-chief of a high-fashion magazine. Andy struggles to meet Miranda’s outrageous demands while navigating the cutthroat world of fashion, leading her to question her values and ambitions.

Friday, July 12 | 8:45pm
PG-13 | 113 min.


The largest storm to hit Oklahoma in more than half a century is brewing, and it promises to drop multiple twisters into Tornado Alley. Now, two rival teams of storm chasers face off to capture the science behind the cyclones — and threaten to spiral out of control in the process.


Friday, July 19 | 8:40 p.m.
PG | 102 min.


The beloved modern classic Encanto follows the Madrigals, a multigenerational Colombian family all blessed with magical powers — except for teenage granddaughter Mirabel. When Mirabel learns that the Madrigals are losing their magic, she sets out to discover why and save her family and their way of life.

Point Break
Friday, July 26 | 8:35 p.m.
R | 122 min.


Inexperienced FBI agent Johnny Utah infiltrates the local surfing community to gather information about local criminals terrorizing sunny Southern California. As Johnny befriends Bodhi, the group’s enigmatic leader, he soon discovers a new meaning in life. How far can the uninitiated intruder go without blowing his cover?

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure
Friday, Aug. 2 | 8:28pm
PG | 90 min.


When Pee-Wee’s bicycle, a material object he desires above all human relationships, is stolen, he sets off on a wild cross-country adventure to retrieve it. With “the basement of the Alamo” as his destination, Pee-Wee encounters an escaped convict, a waitress with wanderlust and a jealous boyfriend, and the ghoulish specter of a long-gone truck driver.


Friday, August 16th | 8:11pm
R | 122 min.


Amélie tries to enrich the lives of those around her by weaving her special brand of mischievous magic — befriending a shut-in, pranking her neighbor, even stealing a garden gnome. When she finds a small box containing a child’s mementos, she sets out to find its rightful owner. Will romance blossom for Amélie?

Rebecca (1940)
Friday, Sept. 6 | 7:40 p.m.
NR | 130 min.


A shy lady’s companion marries the wealthy Maxim de Winter and returns to Manderley, his large country estate, which is haunted by the death of Rebecca, Maxim’s first wife. The new Mrs. de Winter clashes with Maxim’s housekeeper and soon discovers that Rebecca still has a strange hold on everyone at Manderley.

Friday, Sept. 27 | 7:06 p.m.
NR | 115 min.


In what’s been called “the best Alfred Hitchcock film which he didn’t direct,” police interview the wife of a man thrown from a train — only to learn that she knew nothing about him, including his real name. She’s then pursued by four men, who insist she’s in possession of a huge amount of money. If she doesn’t hand it over, they’ll kill her.


The Royal Tenenbaums
Friday, Oct. 4 | 6:55 p.m.
R | 109 min.


Wes Anderson’s darkly comic drama follows the Tenenbaums, a family of geniuses that has crumbled after decades of betrayal, failure, and disaster — mostly the fault of the patriarch, Royal. The Royal Tenenbaums chronicles the triumphs and fallout that follows the family’s unexpected reunion one winter.


Our snack bar serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, candy, and popcorn. Snack packs called Graze Boxes will be available for pre-order (or in person while supplies last). 

The snack bar is open for two hours, beginning one hour before each screening. 

Note: Outside food and drink are not permitted. 

Screening Details

Getting here
Tivoli Under the Stars is located on the grassy lawn southeast of the museum’s north plaza, between Lens 1 and Lens 2 of the Bloch Building. View the museum map. 

Doors open one hour before the start time listed on your tickets. Films begin 10-15 minutes after sunset. 

Each purchase comes with four tickets, which will be emailed to you. Tickets will be scanned at the entrance. You will not be admitted without a ticket. (If you do not have your tickets when you arrive, visit the Info Desk in Bloch Lobby.) 

You’ll receive a wristband upon admission to your screening. Please keep it on and visible. 

Your purchase includes an eight-foot “pod” seating up to four people. Pods are first-come, first-served. While you do not need to use all four of your tickets, your group is only provided one pod and must sit together. 

Chairs, blankets, or other forms of seating are not provided and guests are encouraged to bring their own. 

Bathrooms are available in the Bloch Building and will be open throughout each screening.

Smoking and vaping
Smoking and vaping are strictly prohibited at Tivoli Under the Stars and anywhere within 20 feet of the museum premises.

Services animals are allowed at Tivoli Under the Stars. Pets or any other animals are not permitted.

Parking & Accessibility

Your purchase includes free garage parking for up to two cars, in the Nelson-Atkins garage at 45th and Oak Street. Your Tivoli wristband serves as your parking ticket — show it to the parking attendant when you’re exiting. 

Pick-up and drop-off
Guests can be picked up or dropped off at the museum’s north plaza circle drive, near the reflecting pool. The Tivoli screening area is located southeast of the circle drive, between the Nelson-Atkins and Bloch buildings.


  • Seating: Tivoli Under the Stars offers ADA preferred seating on paved surfaces inside the screening area. To reserve seating, email or call 816-751-1278 at least 24 hours before your screening. 
  • Subtitles will be turned on for all film screenings. 
  • Low vision accommodations: Special accommodations can be made for guests with low vision. Please email or call 816-751-1278 at least 24 hours before your screening. 
  • Sensory sensitivities: Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters seating area inside the Bloch Building will remain open during screenings. Guests are welcome to use the area for a low-sensory moment at any point during the film. 

Weather policy

We encourage all guests to dress for the weather and potential weather changes. Umbrellas are not permitted while the movie is playing.

In the event of inclement weather
When thunderstorms, extreme heat, or other forms of inclement weather are predicted close to the museum during showtimes (approximately 7–10:30 p.m.), with 60% certainty or greater, the
screening for that evening will be moved inside to Atkins Auditorium. The call will be made by 4 p.m. on the day of the film and ticketholders will be notified via email by 5 p.m.

Films will not be rescheduled for another date and Tivoli will not offer refunds or exchanges. 

Email or call 816-751-1278 with questions.