Best outdoor cinema happening around the UK summer 2017
- Rowena McIntosh
- 12 May 2017
Luna Cinema, Cult Screens, Lost Lands and Edinburgh International Film Festival host outdoor film screenings across the UK.
Summer is too short to spent it inside a multiplex. Head into the great outdoors to enjoy outdoor film screenings in castles, cathedrals, gardens and rooftops across the UK. The programmes offer plenty of classics, as well as a few recent releases. So grab your blanket and plonk yourself on a deck chair / beanbag / patch of grass to enjoy the movie.
Cult Screens set up summer cinemas at the Arena in Digbeth (Jun & Jul) and the Botanical Gardens (Sep). It's a mostly retro programme, with The Lost Boys (Thu 29 Jun), Pulp Fiction (30 Jun) and Top Gun (Fri 15 Sep), as well as Oscar-scooper La La Land (Sat 16 Sep).
Tickets £9.50 / £13.95, venues: The Arena, Digbeth and Botanical Gardens
Lost Lands bring outdoor cinema to the rooftops of the city, with screenings of Moulin Rogue (Fri 26 May), Dirty Dancing (Sat 27 May) and Happy Gilmore (Sat 19 Aug) taking place on top of the Jacobs Antique Centre. There's also a rooftop cocktail bar and food courtesy of Bwtiful Burgers and Macho Nachos.
Tickets £10, Jacobs Antique Arena
There's something strange in the Coventry neighbourhood, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters. As well as the 80s ghost hunting classic (Fri 2 Jun) there are screenings of Grease (Sat 3 Jun), Jurassic Park (Thu 20 Jul) and Rogue One (Fri 21 Jul) at Coventry Cathedral, hosted by Cult Screens.
Tickets £9.50 / £13.95, Coventry Cathedral
Edinburgh International Film Festival's outdoor cinema programme Film Fest in the City moves into St Andrew Square Garden for a long weekend in June (Fri 16–Sun 18). There's a sing-along Trolls (Sat 17 Jun), dance-along Dirty Dancing (Sat 17 Jun) and a dress-up Beauty and the Beast, the 90s Disney version (Sat 17 Jun), as well as screenings of Jim Henson's Labyrinth (Fri 16 Jun), Avengers Assemble (Fri 16 Jun) & Rogue One (Sun 18 Jun). Best of all, it's all free.
Free, St Andrew Square Garden
Lincoln Castle, one of the best preserved Norman castles in the country, is an apt setting for an outdoor screening of the delightfully anachronistic A Knight's Tale (Fri 22 Sep). Also playing over a long weekend are Pretty Woman (Sat 24 Sep) and La La Land (Sun 25 Sep).
Tickets £7.50 / £9.50 / £14.50, Lincoln Castle
The Rooftop Film Club have rooftop cinemas in Packham, Shoreditch, Stratford and Kensington, all of which are equipped with deckchairs to lounge on and wireless headphones, so you don't miss the dialogue. Recent releases on the programme (May–Jun) include The LEGO Batman Movie, Prevenge, Arrival and Free Fire, as well as classics such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Blue Velvet and The Big Lebowski.
Tickets £15, Bussy Building, Queen of Hoxton, Roof East, Kensington East Gardens
Rooftop Film Club
Luna Cinema roll into town in June, with screenings of La La land (Fri 16 Jun), Dirty Dancing (Sat 17 Jun) and Top Gun (Sun 18 Jun) at Newbury Racecourse, while Cult Screens set up at Shaw House in August for The Goonies (Fri 4 Aug), Pretty Woman (Sat 5 Aug) and Back to the Future (Thu 31 Aug).
Tickets £7.50 / £9.50 / £14.50, Newbury Racecourse
Cult Screens set up in the old prison exercise yard of Oxford Castle in May, with screenings of Moonlight (Thu 25 May) and Leon (Fri 26 May), before moving to the Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museums in August for a screening of Jurassic Park (Wed 23 Aug), as well as Rogue One (Thu 24 Aug) and Moulin Rouge (Fri 25 Aug). Outside the city Blenheim Palace welcomes Luna Cinema into the grounds for August screenings of Top Gun (Fri 11 Aug), Grease (Sat 12 Aug) and Breakfast At Tiffany's (Sun 13 Aug).
Tickets £9.50 / £13.95, Oxford Castle and Pitt Rivers Museum
Lost Lands' rooftop cinema arrives on top of Penarth's Fig Tree for showings of Logan (Fri 2 Jun) and Grease (Sat 3 Jun). Fancy dress is encouraged, so dust off those leather jackets.
Tickets £10, The Figtree
Caversham Court Gardens hosts Cult Screens for 12 film screenings from Jun–Sep. The programme covers Best Picture Academy Award-winning Moonlight (not La La Land) on Thu 8 Jun, Brad Pitt thriller Seven (Thu 7 Sep) and the first Harry Potter film (Sat 9 Sep).
Tickets £9.50 / £13.95, Caversham Court Gardens
Sheffield Amphitheatre hosts two nights of classic cinema this August, courtesy of Luna Cinemas, with Top Gun (Wed 23 Aug) and Dirty Dancing (Thu 24 Aug).
Tickets £7.50 / £9.50 / £14.50, Sheffield Amphitheatre
Winchester Cathedral provides the backdrop for Cult Screens' showings of classic including Back to the Future (Thu 3 Aug), The Goonies (Thu 14 Sep) and Jaws (Fri 15 Sep). For those who enjoy the cringe of Pierce Brosnan singing, there's Mamma Mia (Sat 5 Aug).
Tickets £9.50 / £13.95, Winchester Cathedral