Now the weather is hotting up and evenings are balmy, we choose the top outdoor cinema and rooftop cinemas around the UK.
Kew the Movies (above), hosted by Luna Cinema, is set in the beautiful grounds of Kew Gardens. Bring a picnic, bring your friends and sit back, relax and enjoy the film in the botanical gardens. From July 22–September 4.
On Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July you can see The Grand Budapest Hotel and Back to the Future. On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 September you can watch the classic Casablanca followed up by the fun-filled Mamma Mia.
The Luna Cinema has the widest range of screenings, with 42 locations across the country. Whether you want to watch Romeo and Juliet at Hampton Court Palace (21 August),Top Gun at Chiswick Park (13 August) or Jaws on Bournemouth Pier (16 August), The Luna Cinema has something for everyone and lots of unusual venues.
If you really want to treat yourself, opt for the ‘posh three-course pop-up pre-film dinner and drinks’, served on a customised ’82 Californian Linen van or Bedford J2 bus. But get in quick as spaces are limited (£37.50). All summer until 27 September.
As the name suggests, this is a travelling pop-up cinema and it’s making its way around London throughout the summer. The locations and films include Alien at Brompton Cemetery (8 September), The Terminator at the Meantime Brewery in Greenwich (5 September) or The Darjeeling Limited outside the Royal Academy of Arts.
Prices range from £10-£30. For £30 you can book The Magic Carpet package, priority entry, prime viewing position, food and alcohol, and everything you need to get comfortable ( an inflatable back rest, a waterproof ‘magic carpet’ to sit on and a blanket should the weather get a bit British). All summer until September 30.
The Rooftop Film Club has four different venues across London; Peckham Rye’s Bussey Building, the Queen of Hoxton pub in Shoreditch, Roof East in Stratford and Kensington Roof Gardens.
The Rooftop Film Club has perfected this niche, with comfy chairs, blankets and wireless headphones, and a film mix of 80s favourites, recent Oscar contenders and Hollywood classics. With a bar and BBQ on the roof of the Queen of Hoxton you can tuck in before the films start at 9pm.
Upcoming favourites include When Harry met Sally (12 July, Peckham), Grease (26 July, Shoreditch) or The Theory of Everything (31 July, Stratford). All summer until July 31.
At £10 a ticket, Pop Up is the cheapest of the bunch but with scenic locations around London, classic films and great food and drink on offer it’s a great evening out.
The laidback atmosphere and inexpensive tickets draw greater crowds so expect singalongs to classics such as Footloose (2 August, Fulham), Dirty Dancing (15 August, Hammersmith) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (31 July, Fulham).
Or round up your girlfriends and head over to Bishop’s Park for Pretty Woman (1 August ) or Bridesmaids at Tudor Barn, Eltham (13 August). The company pops up with a well-stocked bar and hot food at every venue, so you’re set for the night. All summer until 26 September.