The Nelson-Atkins Press Release
Tivoli Under the Stars

Nelson-Atkins Debuts Tivoli Under the Stars

Outdoor Cinema Offers Safe Movie Experience for All Ages

Kansas City, MO, April 6, 2021 – A new Friday-evening outdoor cinema will soon be available for movie-lovers of all ages. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art debuts Tivoli Under the Stars on Friday, May 7 for 23 weeks, with the final film shown on Friday, Oct 8. Groups of up to four guests can spread out a blanket or bring lawn chairs to occupy “pods”, 8-foot circles on the grassy area between two lenses of the Bloch Building. The pods will be spaced 6 feet apart so that guests can safely watch movies that are projected on the outside of the Bloch Building.

“We have all missed enjoying art together, and this is a safe way for us to continue the beloved Tivoli cinema tradition,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “It is a magical setting to enjoy movies before we can go back inside to Atkins Auditorium, hopefully in the Fall.”

Tivoli Under the Stars will offer family-friendly films as well as cult classics. The debut film will be the family favorite Night at the Museum, followed by films such as Star Wars: A New Hope, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and The Princess Bride, among others. The first half of the season can be found on the museum’s website, Films will be announced in two segments, with the first half of the season available for sale now.

Films will begin shortly after sundown, with seating available for one hour prior to showtime. Pods can be reserved by calling 816.751.1278; at the Info Desk in Bloch Lobby, or online at

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the community to once again enjoy watching feature films together in the uniquely beautiful setting of the lawn of the Nelson-Atkins,” said Tivoli film curator Jerry Harrington.

The museum’s Walking Snack Bar will serve concessions including craft beer, wine, soda, candy, and Popculture popcorn during all Tivoli Under the Stars films. A variety of Graze Boxes, a new Friday night service offering shareable charcuterie platters, are available to be ordered in advance or on-site. No outside food or beverage is permitted.

Pods are not pre-assigned; seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Blankets, pillows, and chairs will be allowed. Masks must be worn according to city ordinance, and hand sanitizer is available where tickets are scanned.

COVID permitting, Tivoli films will once again be shown inside Atkins Auditorium at the conclusion of the summer cinema run.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The museum, which strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community, opens its doors free of charge to people of all backgrounds. The museum is an institution that both challenges and comforts, that both inspires and soothes, and it is a destination for inspiration, reflection and connecting with others.

The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access to its renowned collection of more than 42,000 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and Native American and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. In 2017, the Nelson-Atkins celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the Bloch Building, a critically acclaimed addition to the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday through Monday; 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Thursday; closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Admission to the museum is free to everyone. For museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit

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Kathleen Leighton, Manager, Media Relations and Video Production
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art