A double bill of films from Floating Points, a screening of Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’, Sally Potter’s ‘Orlando’ and Wim Wenders’ ‘Pina’ offer a diverse range of highlights for a new Barbican outdoor screen across five days in late August. Positioned in the Sculpture Court amid those iconic Brutalist surrounds, Barbican’s Outdoor Cinema runs August 24-29. Tickets run to £15 and seating is on a first come, first served basis (doors open an hour before the 8.30pm show times). Headphones are provided to ensure a zoned-in movie experience.
After a dry spell of Gobi-like proportions, it’s open season for movie lovers in London. Cinemas are reopening, drive-in cinemas are back – albeit in on a smaller scale than last summer’s wheel-athon – and outdoor cinema is returning to our parks, rooftops, and in the odd case, um, children’s playing fields.
There’s something for everyone, from Rooftop Film Club’s 360-degree views at Peckham’s Bussey Building to big historic houses, the odd posh school and even a drive-in at a shopping centre. Basically, if there’s space for a screen, someone is putting one up – and we’re here for it. Welcome to the summer of the big-screen extravaganza.