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Socially distanced outdoor cinema is coming to London (no car required)

Catch ‘Black Panther’ on Blackheath Common or ‘Bridesmaids’ at Brockwell Park

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UPDATE: Free Range Film Club’s summer screenings have been cancelled. ‘Unfortunately, with the announcement of the new local lockdown legislation by central government, the event insurers feel that they can no longer provide the level of cover required to give confidence to the organisers,’ said the organisers in a statement.

Much reduced it may be, but London’s outdoor cinema scene is alive and kicking this summer – and not just the drive-in variety. Free Range Film Club is bringing movies back to parks and green spaces in south and south-east London between July and August and absolutely no car is required. Just a blanket and a few mates.

There are three suitably scenic venues hosting the screenings: Three Mills Islands (July 29 to August 2), Blackheath Common (August 12 to 16) and Brockwell Park (August 26 to 30). The set-up retools the cinema-under-the-stars experience for the social-distancing age, so capacities are limited, spaces allocated and groups kept a safe distance apart. 

The line-up of movies majors around ‘cult classics, feelgood faves and indie gems’. On the bill are crowdpleasers ‘Bridesmaids’, ‘Rocketman’, ‘Thelma & Louise’ and ‘Jackie Brown’, while ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’ and ‘The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou’ will be bringing the indie goodness. Head to the official site for the full line-up. Tickets start at £20.

For those with access to a car, the range of drive-in cinema options across the capital is swelling almost by the week. The set-up is much the same, except with audio piped into the vehicle via special speakers or your car radio, and snacks and drinks delivered straight to the car window. Head here to check out all the available options.

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