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A Guide to Outdoor Cinemas

With evidence of summer slowly starting to appear, we can finally start thinking about the gloriously nostalgic activities we can participate in during those long hazy days. One of our favourites is watching movies al fresco. Whether you’re lounging on a picnic rug with a group of friends or romantically cosying up in an open-topped car it’s the most fun way to watch some movie magic. We’ve rounded up the best in the UK for you to frequent in the warmer months to come.

Screen on the Green, Newcastle
Screen on the Green, Newcastle’s fabulously free outdoor cinema, not only screens your favourite flicks but also all the action from Wimbledon, the World Athletics Championships and even the Royal Opera House. Details have not been released for this year’s program yet but keep an eye on their website for updates!

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Screen on the Green takes place on Old Eldon Square and you can find more information and buy tickets here.
Cinema on the Beach, Cornwall
For the first time the Cornish Cinema Club and Porthmeor Beach are putting on the ultimate summer film experience – Cinema on the Beach! Thoroughly relaxed, only £5 a ticket and delicious food and drink being served throughout, this couldn’t get more idyllic.

Cinema on the Beach will take place on Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1JZ.
The Village Green pop-up cinema, Sheffield
If you’re one for quirky locations, keep your eye on this weird and wonderful pop up cinema, known to have set up screens in the middle of the woods, rustic farm yards and even swimming pools. Also setting up street food stalls and DJs on site, this promises to be a night to remember, so keep an eye on their social media or sign up to their mailing list to make sure you don’t miss out!

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Make sure you stay up to date with what The Village Green pop-up cinema have planned by checking their website.
The Cambridge Film Festival
Lounging on the grass by the river in the gloriously picturesque city of Cambridge is where you want to be this summer at their brilliant annual film festival. Dates and films yet to be announced, but last summer boasted 15 films in 4 nights so there’s a lot to get excited about.
You can find all the information you need and keep an eye out for upcoming listings on the Cambridge Film Festival website.
Luna Cinema
The Luna Cinema is the UK’s leading producer of Outdoor Cinema. Specialising in screening films in fantastic locations and almost always featuring the magnificent backdrop of some the most prestigious stately homes Britain has to offer, including ones such as Holkham Hall which have featured in many movies themselves. This year Luna Cinema’s film choices are unbeatable, with classics such as Harry Potter and Pretty Woman, contrasting with recent box office hits and Oscar nominees The Greatest Showman and The Darkest Hour.

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You can find all the information about locations and screenings on their website.
May the 4th Be with You Festival, Dublin
For all you Star Wars fans out there, this is not one to miss. The first ever drive-in screening of Star Wars in Ireland surrounded by the scenery that inspired the films themselves - could you ask for more? Better book quickly though, tickets sales close soon!
You can find more information and buy tickets on their website.