Greenwich’s Planetarium Is Hosting Some Out Of This World Film Nights


The stars of Hollywood meet the stars of the galaxy at the Royal Observatory’s planetarium.

London has been well served by a bevy of top outdoor cinemas this summer, but if you’re looking for a new cinematic experience, cast your eyes Greenwich-wards. The Royal Observatory‘s planetarium usually explores the vast, unknowable expanse of space, but they’ve turned their attention to the vast, unknowable expanse of Hollywood for a series of film screenings. (See more in our guide to museums in London.)

[Royal Museums Greenwich]
The planetarium’s Silver Screen Science Fiction series brings vintage, cult, and blockbuster sci-fi films to their giant screen. There’s nothing quite like enjoying a space flick in a theatre tailor-made for outer space, but that’s not all you’ll get from the evening. At the end of the film, a Royal Observatory astronomer will pop up with a short talk outlining the science behind the film. All of which leaves you both entertained and informed.

There’s a new showing each month, guaranteeing that each sci-fi trip won’t be the same. Next up, on August 18th, is the pre-Star Wars John Boyega flick Attack The Block, which is followed by a brief discourse on near-invisible materials and echolocation. Meanwhile, September’s film is Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. See it on September 15th, along with a quick retrospective of Hawking’s career and his contribution to astrophysics.

A trip to the planetarium cinema makes for a pretty cute date night: romantic, and with the possibility of learning something new. After all, smart is the new sexy!

Tickets to Silver Screen Science Fiction are £10.30 – book them and find out more from the Royal Observatory website.

Featured image: @royalmuseumsgreenwich

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