What could be better than curling up in front of a movie, out in the fresh air, under a blanket and beneath the stars? Nothing. Exactly. But we’d maybe bring a jacket *thermals*…y’know…just in case… (See our full guide to London’s outdoor cinemas.)
1. Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema – a leading producer of open air cinema events – are showing a wide variety of films under the stars across numerous UK venues. This year they’re bringing Pitch Perfect to Tooting Common on the 13th July, but if you’re more of a ‘classic’ film lover, don’t worry…there are an abundance of other showings such as Birdman, Groundhog Day, Back To The Future and more. You cold-hearted, Treblemaker haters, you. Get your tickets on Fever for only £15!
2. Rooftop Film Club
Having just announced a brand new spanking venue – that is, East London’s very own Tobacco Dock, offering a completely unique rooftop setting and 360 views of some of London’s best skyline architecture – Rooftop Film Club now have five stunning rooftop venues across London. Kicking-off the Tobacco Dock season is the fan-favourite Dirty Dancing, followed by a varied programme, ranging from celebrated international flick City of God to Academy award winning, Room. Plus, street food market experts KERB are rumoured to be supplying the rooftop sustenance. So, take your pick and sit back and relax…
3. Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Film4 Summer Season runs from 4th- 17th August, returning with a prestigious programme of contemporary classics, popular favourites and premieres of forthcoming releases. Projected on London’s largest outdoor screen in full surround sound, there will be special on-stage introductions from the stars at selected screenings and sundown DJ sets before the films begin. This year, you can play a part in the programme by voting for your favourite Stanley Kubrick classic. The winning film, chosen by you, will be shown on Thursday 11 August. Popcorn at the ready, folks!
4. Grosvenor Film Festival
Grosvenor Film Festival, presented by Nomad Cinema, is coming to London next week! Situated in the heart of Mayfair and Belgravia, their locations – Belgrave Square Garden, Brown Hart Gardens and Wilton Crescent Garden – will all be transformed into stunning open-air cinemas. Not only are they some brilliant screenings including Purple Rain, Mamma Mia! And The Graduate, (all of which will take place inside a beautiful Grade I-listed building) but gourmet picnics and refreshments will be provided by Benugos, madame Gautier and Mosimann’s. With, wait for it…frozen cocktails by LiC! Tickets are available here.
5. Free Film Festivals
Bringing people together to enjoy films they might not have seen in places they may not have been and giving local filmmakers a chance to screen their films in front of an audience, the non-profit community group Free Film Festivals are hosting a wide range of flicks across countless London venues. From Whiplash (showing tonight at Brockwell Lido) and Purple Rain in Streatham. And, if you hadn’t guessed it already…IT’S FREE!