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Seven open-air cinemas you can visit this summer


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As this summer’s heat continues to wave through London and beyond, brighter evenings and longer nights means it is officially time to take the cinema outside. From castles, parks and famous landmarks – we have it covered, so here is a round-up of the most unique, outdoor cinema experiences.

1) Luna Cinema, Nationwide

Fancy watching Pretty Women at the Houses of Parliament, or Jurassic Park in beautiful Castle grounds? Hijacking some of the Britain’s most idyllic settings, the Luna Cinema are showing both classic and new movies all the way through to October. A full programme can be found here.

2) Somerset House, London

Overlooking the River Thames and sporting the most divine architecture, this venue offers the perfect setting to enjoy a movie in the heart of the city. Al Gore opens the Film4 Summer Screen festival at Somerset House on 10 August with a UK premiere of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. A DJ plays music until sundown, and various stalls offer food and drinks to pig out on, although audiences can also bring their own picnics. You can get more information here.

3) Glamis Castle, Angus

Snuggled in stunning Scottish woodlands and once the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the historical location opens its fascinating grounds to film fans for just one evening per month until September; including screenings of The Italian Job and Grease. For more information visit the Glamis Castle website.

4) Pop Up Screens, London

Vintage blockbusters will grace fields and parks across the capital, from chick flicks to thrilling adventures – Pop Up Screens ensures cinematic favourites alfresco. Audiences will be treated to the likes of Beauty and the Beast, The Great Gatsby, Ghostbusters and many more. Full listings of events can be found here.

5) Rooftop Film Club, London

Sink a drink, kick back in a comfy chair high in London’s skyline and watch a blockbuster movie. From T2: Trainspotting, Forrest Gump to Brokeback Mountain, the Rooftop Film Club offer an extensive programme in four chic venues across the capital including: Peckham, Stratford, Shoreditch, and Kensington. Key features also include delicious street food and cocktails. More information can be found here

6) Cult Screens, Nationwide

Serving an exciting menu of movies in Winchester, Coventry, Bristol, Birmingham and generally all over, Cult Screens aims to turn “unusual and spectacular locations into cinemas” with showings of true greats including Top Gun, La La Land and more. Food offerings come in form of a specialised German frankfurter vendor, washed down by refreshments from the bar. You can find more information here.

7)National Trust, Nationwide

Scattered across Britain from the Isle of Wight to Yorkshire, Midlands and further afield, The National Trust welcomes visitors to pack-up a picnic, take in the pretty surroundings and watch a definitive movie, including Dirty Dancing and Some Like It Hot on their bill. See more on The National Trust website.


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