The Luna Cinema

3 out of 5 stars
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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Hampton Court Palace
Brockwell Lido
Kew Gardens
Opera Holland Park
Warwick Castle

Time Out says

Sneak into a gorgeous London palace or park after hours and watch a movie under the stars

It's location, location, location with Luna Cinema. The beauty of this touring outdoor cinema is walking into a palace, Royal park or other equally magical location with a picnic just as everyone else is leaving.

Luna's most popular venues include Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath and Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, with the likes of Brockwell Lido and Victoria Embankment Gardens also joining in the fun. 

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The season kicks off in May and wraps up in late September. Book early for Luna's hottest tickets. That means now if you want to see ‘The Favourite’ at Kensington Palace.

Bring a picnic, or make the most of a variety of on-site food stalls. Most venues are happy for visitors to BYOB – just check the policy on glass before you go. 

You can also book blankets and backrests, ready for collection when you arrive.

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I attended the Luna Cinema screening of Life of Pi at the London Zoo to coincide with the opening of the new tiger exhibit. It was great! Such a nice way to enjoy the warmer weather, sip some wine and generally soak up the atmosphere. Fans of the Somerset House Flim4 screenings will love this, its similar but you don’t have to sit on cobblestones!

Went to Luna Cinema at Earth Hackney to watch Elf last night. Really terrible experience £18 for a old amphitheater with wooden steps to sit on and a projector. Premium tickets for £25 only got you an uncomfortable bean bag. We were promised Christmas cheer with decorations, mulled wine etc, but they didn't even go to the trouble of putting up a single decoration, there was no mulled-wine, just an overpriced bar and sitting on a hard wooden bench for two hours was exceedingly uncomfortable. No idea where the money all went, but I am sure they are making a killing, was really excited about this, but would have been better at home on the TV. 


I went to my first outdoor cinema experience at Battersea Park organised by Luna Cinema. This was a much smaller turn out compared to the pictures above. It was a great opportunity to bring a picnic or have pizza sold nearby.I was fun, but a bit nippy so eventually I had to wear all my layers I brought with me. I could have done with bringing more cushions too to accompany my blankets, though I still preferred sitting on a blanket to the directors chair VIP seating as you could choose where to sit. Buying  the tickets was pretty much straight forward and staff were helpful. Just wasn't used to the wind making the screen all wavy.


It's always great to watch your favourite film in the great outdoors whether it be in a park or by a palace. Luna has been doing this for a while now so they've pretty much got it sorted. They provide hireable backrests or chairs. There is always a bar me food available but you are also welcome to bring a picnic which I'd highly recommend. The only thing they can't control...the Brit weather which can ruin the best of outdoor cinema plans.

Great concept but sadly let down by The Great British Weather!! I went to see La La Land at Hampton Court Palace. Staff were friendly, the event was well organised with free ponchos & cookies & the palace made a spectacular back drop. Then the heavens opened :( 3hrs of heavy rain, gritted teeth & Ryan Gosling. My biggest criticism was due to the film starting approx 9.30pm it was a late finish & I missed the last train back to central London- the train I was on terminated in Wimbledon so a v cold & soggy me had to cab the final leg.


Watching Mean Girls on picnic blankets on Tooting Common is a lovely way to spend a Wednesday evening in the height of Summer. We turned up an hour early to get a good spot infront of the screen and brought a full on picnic with us which helped ease the pain of the ticket price. Next time I would come even more prepared with Franco Manca pizza and blow up chairs! Fetch!

BEWARE!! they'll take your money but if it's torrential rain and howling gale they'll still press play on the projector as an excuse to not cancel the event and take your money. Their T's and C's stink. My family and I sat in the cold and rain for 30mins until we couldn't stand it any more. Plus we couldn't see a thing due to all the umbrellas. When we did stand up we were told to sit down or leave. Bad business design, if it's going to rain just think of your customers and cancel the event. 

I went to see Jaws at the Brockwell Lido a couple of weeks ago. This was my second outdoor cinema experience, first with Luna and I really enjoyed it. As is always with an outdoor event the weather was on our mind but it was a great warm night. The atmosphere was great at this event. There was cheering whenever a famous line was said and (**spoiler alert**) lots of cheers and whooping when Jaws met his end. That's something that made the night for me, the atmosphere, the people and the weather. Great night.


I've been to Luna Cinema a few times in the past but I have to say I'm not a massive fan of companies that charge you to see films in outdoor spaces, when there are so many that are free. For example, some of the films shown over last years run at Luna Cinema can be found at local film festivals where you do not have to pay and are in the same general settings. I found that the food/bar tends to be borderline extortionate in its pricing structure too!


Is this outdoor cinemas gone too far? Potentially, I mean I was sat on a concrete slab floor at the edge of a London Lido watching a water based film. Having said that, if you can buy into it there is a kind of charm to taking a picnic and some blankets to the local pool after hours and watching Life Aquatic across the water (and under the stars). Don’t pay to get in one of the rubber dinghies though, it’s completely overpriced and not at all romantic - you’re tied to the edge of the pool (no free floating) with about 10 other dinghies in a line.


Went to see "The Life Aquatic" at Brockwell Lido and we were lucky enough to get tickets for the rubber dinghy. Firstly, I should say that the cinematic experience was excellent - so unique being able to watch a film from a little boat on the water. Also the film itself was really funny, if a little weird. Strange that neither of us had even heard of it considering it featured a lot of familiar faces!

So, why the 3 star rating? you may ask.. Well, I dropped one star for the food which was awful. We are not fussy eaters at all, but the burgers were borderline raw and basically inedible and the chips were greasy and tasteless.. Would expect more from an event like this. And the other lost star was for the length of time it took to get us into the venue itself. Considering this wasn’t a huge event, waiting over half an hour in the queue is just not at all acceptable. We would book again but would take our own food and maybe try a different location.

I saw Ghostbusters at Kew last year with family and it was Fab...take chairs, food if wished as burgers etc are pricey and there are queues....and take blankets cos it gets distracting freezing your ass off! Great experience and atmosphere and well worth doing if you're well prepared :)

I saw the birds in Regent's Park. Was a great opportunity to see a classic on the big screen and in such a lovely natural environment. I would recommend bringing you own snacks and drinks, and in the summer, something to keep away the Mosquitoes. 

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i can watch any of that lot for free in my own back garden ,with a picnic and a glass!!!

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Hmmm. Haven't actually been, but if planes are landing from the West at Heathrow, the aircraft will provide the movie soundtrack and you won't hear a thing.

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