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WHAT’S ON WITH LONDON’S OUTDOOR CINEMA SCENE IN 2021

George Maguire

At Culture Calling, we love outdoor cinema. It contains a plethora of our favourite things; art, film, community, anticipation, novelty and fresh air. New releases and old classics – we love it all. A large part of how we remember films has to do with where we watched them; so bring some friends and make it somewhere great? Deal.

 
1 Black Panther @ Rooftop Film Club (Bussey Building) – link here
 
Black Panther venue; Bussey Building. The Image via Rooftop Film Club.
 
 
Kicking off this roundup is the acclaimed 2018 superhero epic Black Panther. Follow King T’Challa as he returns to become the new leader of Wakanda, just as the world edges perilously close to a world war. Beyond the film, the views from the top of the Bussey Building (Peckham’s highest drinking spot) are incredible with 360-degree visibility of London’s skyline. Pizza from Share A Slice is available and absolutely recommended.
 
When? 9:15 pm, 6th June 2021.
Where? 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
 
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2 Up at Kew Gardens (Kew: The Movies) – Link here
 
A taste of what to expect at Kew Gardens with their outdoor cinema setup. Image via Kew Twitter.

 
Disney Pixar’s 2009 Up is a masterpiece in infusing computer modelled characters with life and emotion. Following the life of Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon businessman (with a dream to fulfil) the plot is shaken up when Carl meets a young boy named Russell. Showing at Kew Gardens, this is a unique opportunity to take in a film surrounded by UNESCO World Heritage scenery. Food will be available to order.
 
Where? Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9, UK.
When? 12:30pm. July 11th 2021.
 
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3 Bohemian Rhapsody @ Kensington Palace - Luna Cinema – link here
 
 
Bohemian Rhapsody. Image via Luna Cinema. Link here.
 
 
With Freddie Mercury being played masterfully by Rami Malek, the film Bohemian Rhapsody traced rock and roll band Queen’s momentous rise to world prominence. A suitably grandiose venue for the film is found in Kensington Palace where you can opt for either a standard ticket or a premium Luna Lux Sofa experience. Food is available, including Häagen-Dazs ice-cream for those so inclined.
 
Where? Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX
When? 7:00pm, 12th August 2021.
 
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4 Judas and the Black Messiah @ The Drive-In – link here
 
 
Stanfield and Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah. Image via The Drive-in.
 
 
Receiving total of 6 Oscar nominations, 2021 biographical release Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Fred Hampton (played by Daniel Kaluuya), chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. The film covers a deep betrayal with dire consequences for Hampton as the FBI increasingly exert their influence over Black Panther activities. This viewing is a drive-in experience at Troubadour Meridian Water but food is available by onsite caterer The Diner.  
 
When: From 24th May, 2021.
Where? The Drive In, Troubadour Meridian Water, Harbet Road, London, N18 3QQ.
 
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