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Top 5: Outdoor Cinemas of 2018

24 May 2018 Suzanne Frost

Summer isn’t looking half bad so far! Evenings are balmy and we all know you have to make the most of an English summer while it lasts. There will be plenty of music festivals and open-air theatre popping up all over London but for the film buffs amongst you, there is plenty of cinema under the stars to enjoy, too. Curl up high on a rooftop with soaring views, or lay back on your very own picnic blanket bang in the middle of Trafalgar Square…

Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema at Brockwell Lido, Jaws, image courtesy of Propeller Group

Luna Cinema searches out the most beautiful and bold locations for their screenings, from parks and palaces to castles and cathedrals, you will be sure to have the most spectacular backdrop to your magical movie experience. Locations this year include Hampton Court and Blenheim Palace, the Brockwell Lido for some Hollywood lights dancing across the water of the swimming pool or something grand and posh like Waddesdon Manor or Ascot. Brand new this year will be Luna Kids, the very first UK open air cinema designed just for children.
Check out the full list of films and venues here.

Nomad Cinema

As the name suggests, Nomad is a roaming pop-up cinema that not only visits 18 inspiring and beautiful locations across London but also has a good cause at its heart, providing you with an entertaining evening whilst funding a better quality of life for another local community on the other side of the world. 100% of their profits go to The Sustainable Institute, a charity supporting communal life in rural South Africa. Nomad Cinema is also environmentally conscious, with a low impact set up that can be packed up leaving no trace. However, they do not make cuts on cinematic atmosphere, creating magical and memorable events with quality catering and goodie bags put together in the theme of the screening. The pick of films this year is wide and varied, from 1920s black and white horror flick The Cabinet of Dr Caligari to 2018 hits such as Ladybird and Black Panther.
All locations and films can be found here.
Rooftop Film Club

If you think watching a film on a rooftop while lounging in a deck chair with headphones on sounds very Shoreditch – you’d be dead right. But since founder Gerry Cottle Jn. came up with the unique concept in 2011, the Rooftop Film Club brand has expanded to three London locations – Peckham, Shoreditch and Stratford – and recently conquered LA and New York. What do these cities have in common? Spectacular skylines of course! Screenings start at sunset and you’d be hard pushed to choose between marvelling at the panoramic views of London at dusk or the marvellous films on the screen which include La La Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Star Wars, It, Pretty Woman, The Notebook and many more.  If you love it you can become a club member and go for free on Member Mondays.
More information on Rooftop Film Club here.

BP Big Screens
(c) ROH/ Elliott Franks

Not your usual cinema experience, BP has been collaborating with the Royal Opera House for 17 years now, bringing free opera and ballet on a big screen to Trafalgar Square. Broadcast across the UK, over 33,000 people enjoyed world-class performances last year, proving that opera can reach a wide and diverse audience. Screenings are free and you can bring a picnic provided you get there early enough to set up camp. This year, performances include opera classics La boheme, Don Giovanni and La traviata and, on the ballet front, Liam Scarlett’s brand new and already sold out production of Swan Lake, which we bet is going to be popular.
More information and dates on the Royal Opera House website.
British Summer Time, Hyde Park
BST is technically a music festival held over two weekends in July, but their Open House event also includes free open-air cinema across four days of free music and activities in Hyde Park. 9 July is Family Day with The Lego Movie and Matilda, 10 July is Musical Night, 11 July is Critic’s Choice with some Wes Anderson and 12 July sees some 80s Classics.  You can also go to Hyde Park to watch all the tennis matches from Wimbledon – except for the final, because Paul Simon is giving his farewell performance on the main stage.
All screenings at British Summer Time can be found here.

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