Film: Outdoor summer screenings

Posted on: 26 July 2011 by Rhian Mainwaring

Enjoy cinema classics under the stars with a picnic

If you're looking for an impressive date night, or fancy doing something a little bit different, head to one of the UK's outdoor cinemas. Take your pick from countryside drive-throughs or city centre screenings and watch anything from Ghostbusters to Some Like it Hot!

Grey's Monument, Newcastle

Six weeks of summer screenings are taking place at Grey's Monument in Newcastle with Mamma Mia starting the festivities off with a bang. On the opening night an Abba tribute band will lead cinema goers in a sing-a-long to celebrate the monument turning into an open air cinema to coincide with the school summer holidays. There's a combination of children's favourites to adult classics from Nanny McPhee to Some Like it Hot. And the best part – it's totally free!

List of events at Greys Monument

Somerset house

Somerset house, London

Head to London's Somerset House for a flick in the courtyard. Get there early to enjoy a picnic, listen to DJ's and take in the beautiful surroundings in one of London's premier venues. You can choose from cult classics like Thelma and Louise to romantic comedies and classics all showing on a state of the art screen with full surround sound, but pack you poncho because come rain or shine, this show will always go on. Tickets start at £14.50 and run from 27th July to the 7th of August.

List of events at Somerset House

Pendennis Castle, Cornwall

On 12 August, Pendennis Castle will play host to the famous 1990’s cinematic rendition of the legend of Robin Hood. The film will be played outdoors in the enchanting grounds of Pendennis Castle. Starring Kevin Costner as Robin of Locksley and Alan Rickman as the corrupt Sheriff, this classic film is the ultimate tale of romance, action and the fight for justice. Get there at 9pm, wrap up warm and bring your own seats! Prices start at £6 for concessions and get ready to have that Bryan Adams song in your head for weeks - "everything I do, I do it for you."

List of events at Pendennis Castle

Drive in

Drive-in Movie Experience, Essex

Always wanted to live it up like a pink lady and go to a drive-through? Well now you can at North Weald Airfield, Essex or Uttoxeter Racecourse with the 'Drive-in Movie Experience'. Pitch up, tune your radio into the site radio frequency and enjoy the film from the comfort of your own car – alternatively turn up with a deck chair and use some wireless radio headphones for the al fresco experience. Choose from some eighties classics like Dirty Dancing or Top Gun or the obligatory Grease. With tickets starting at just £8 this would be one impressive date night. Screenings started in May and run through to October.

List of events at Drive-in Movie Experience

Screenfields, Manchester

Every Thursday at 8.30pm Screenfields opens it's (out)doors to the public for a season of great movies. It started on the 21st of July with Sex and the City and runs through to the 1st of September with a special double bill finale. At only £2 a ticket, or £9.99 for a season ticket this is a great cheap way to spend an evening, and if you sign up for a season ticket you get access to Shhhinema - a one off special screening in a secret underground location. Throughout the summer there are also free family days featuring kids classics from The Jungle Book to Wall E and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

List of events at Screenfields

Breakfast at Tiffany's

The Nomad Cinema, Hampton Court Palace

Saturday 30 July, The Nomad Cinema is presenting a special screening of Breakfast at Tiffany’s as part of the 50th Anniversary of this much loved classic film starring Audrey Hepburn. 

Audrey Hepburn sadly lost her life to cancer in 1993, and so The Nomad has teamed up with Cancer Research UK and 15% from each ticket sale will be donated to the charity in her honour. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is part of a weekend of screenings at the stunning Hampton Court Palace, home to one of the most famous monarchs of our time, King Henry VIII, and steeped in royal history. 

Only a short train journey from Waterloo, it is one of the many stunning locations on The Nomad’s summer calendar.  So get there early, soak up the surroundings, and then sit back on your blanket and take in these three wondrous films…

Friday 29 July – Hampton Court Palace – The Bourne Ultimatum 

Saturday 30 July – Hampton Court Palace – Breakfast at Tiffany's  (50th Anniversary) supported by Cancer Research UK

Sunday 31 July – Hampton Court Palace – The King's Speech 

Tickets £15–on sale NOW

50% of all distributable profits from The Nomad will be donated to its chosen charity, the Sustainability Institute in South Africa.

List of events from The Nomad Cinema.

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