In a city with endlessly creative ways to watch films, how do you stand out amongst the open-air cinema options? Well, you can always make it free! And that’s exactly what Everyman has done with their delightful Screen on the Canal festival in King’s Cross.
Naturally, we had to go down and check it out for ourselves:
But if you want to experience it yourself, you’ll have to act fast! Screen On The Canal will only be running until this Sunday (August 6).
The free film festival has turned the Granary Square steps of King’s Cross into an idyllic canal-side viewing area. Viewers can flop into a bean bag, lounge in a, er, lounger, or grab a seat on the grass-covered steps. And sure we all know the British summer has been pretty unpredictable, but that shouldn’t stop you. It’s up to you to decide what weather you think is appropriate for a water-side film viewing. We’ll spring for the heat and the sunshine. But maybe you prefer your movie with a light drizzle and a mac? Or with a cool evening breeze as the sun starts to set…
What to see at Screen On The Canal
Screenings run throughout the day and into the evening, with films ranging from blockbuster hits to feel-good family favourites. Among them will be Jumanji, Mamma Mia, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and plenty more.
Especially for 2023, Everyman partnered up with an environmentally-focused streaming platform, WaterBear, for special documentary screenings. These screenings were also accompanied by a short talk, for thought-provoking experiences. See the full movie listings here.
Screen On The Canal has also kept Londoners entertained with all the action from the Wimbledon courts and the F1 tracks. In between screenings, live music keeps the crowds entertained. Handy for waking up that one friend that always falls asleep at the movies…
There are no tickets for the canalside screenings, and limited seats per viewing, so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment. And remember, it’s absolutely free! Well, besides any food or drink you might buy… Find out more at the website.
Screen on the Canal will run from June 22 to August 6 at Canalside Steps, Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4PQ.