Outdoor cinema in London
The best places to see open-air movies in the capital this summer
Tue May 21 2013
Whether you want to shriek along to ‘The Shining’ in a cemetery or catch a classic in a Royal Park, an open-air film screening is one of London’s don’t-miss summer experiences
Find your area and pick a film
Festival atmosphere and the best locations
Yes, but no glass. Or buy from the bar
BYO picnic or sample a Mark Hix Fishdog
Nomad reaches the places that no other cinema does, with pop-ups in all sorts of London nooks and crannies. Not only do its screenings have the coolest locations, they have the best festival atmosphere of any outdoor cinema. Last year, Nomad spooked our socks off with ‘The Shining’ at Brompton Cemetery, and they're back there in September with ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Edward Scissorhands’ (tip: book as soon as possible, tickets go like hotcakes).
£8 to £19.50
Yes, at most venues, but no glass
Pack a picnic
It’s location, location, location with Luna Cinema. Its mission is to sit you down in a gorgeous spot – a Royal Park or palace – at sunset with a picnic and a classic movie. Most popular are Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and Kew Gardens. If you fancy a day trip, out-of-town venues include Ascot Racecourse and Pinewood Studios.
Watching a cheesy popcorn movie
Yes, or buy from the bar
BYO picnic or tuck into their street food
It’s all about the relaxed atmosphere at Pop Up. Expect to see groups of mates reliving their slacker years – but instead of heckling the telly, they’re yelling at a giant inflatable screen. This year’s venues include parks in Holborn, Lewisham and Hammersmith. Films are familiar favourites like ‘The Big Lebowski’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’.
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