With the pandemic forcing cinemas to shut their doors and restrictions on outdoor gatherings constantly chopping and changing, the drive-in cinema reigned supreme in 2020 with a whole load of them pulling into London. Thankfully cinemas are coming back this May but we’re in for another summer of al fresco film screenings with all these outdoor cinemas pitching up. Popcorn at the ready….
The Luna Cinema – the UK’s top open-air cinema is back for another season, running screenings at over 50 locations around the country from June to October. London venues include Brockwell Park, Chiswick House, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington Palace, Dulwich Park, Kenwood House, Westminster Abbey and more, with films like Bohemian Rhapsody, Joker, The Greatest Showman, Casablanca, Some Like It Hot, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing and Jurassic Park. Get tickets here.
Pop Up Screens – Pop Up Screens is hitting eight London locations – Corams Fields, Bishops Park, North Greenwich, Hillyfields, Ravenscourt Park, Manor House Gardens, Guildhall and Kennington Park – from July to September. They’re screening everything from The Craft, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, Back To The Future, The Goonies and Dirty Dancing. Get tickets here.
Summer on Screen – the FREE open-air cinema is back at Wembley Park from 29th July – 5th September, screening cult classics, musicals, Bollywood hits and family faves, including Hamilton, Bend It Like Beckham and Manmarziyaan. There’s no need to book, just rock up and find a seat. More info here.
Floating Film Festival – the pontoon is back at St Katharine Docks for a fortnight of film screenings from 13th July. Lounge on sofas and deck chairs while you watch the likes of Knives Out, The Lion King, Jojo Rabbit, Dark Waters, Toy Story 4 and Onward. Get tickets here.
The Islander Festival – as part of their summer events series, London City Island is hosting outdoor cinema screenings across June and July. The programme ranges from blockbusters to family faves with the likes of Top Gun, Black Panther, Paddington, Moana, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy being shown and it costs just a tenner for the film and a deckchair or beanbag. Get tickets here.
Openaire Float-In Cinema – 16 GoBoats and 100 deckchairs will be returning to Regent’s Canal in Paddington as the Float-In Cinema takes to the water once again this June. You can either captain a boat for a cruise along the canal before mooring up to catch the film or just kick back in a deckchair if you’d rather stay on dry land. The programme includes Pulp Fiction, Jaws, The Dark Knight, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Sound of Music, Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Hook. Get tickets here.
Adventure Cinema – the UK’s biggest touring outdoor cinema is back from May, hitting 80 venues up and down the country with London stops at Wandle Park in Croydon, Streatham Common, Osterly Park, Hornchurch FC in Upminster and Enfield Town FC. The socially distanced screenings include The Greatest Showman, 1917, Joker, Grease, Dirty Dancing, The Lion King, The Dark Knight, Jurassic Park, The Goonies, and Pretty Woman. Get tickets here.
The Alfresco Theatre Drive-In – the team behind Pub in the Park is heading to Syon Park this June with a mix of music; theatre; stand-up comedy from the likes of Nish Kumar, Mark Watson, Dara Ó Briain, Ed Byrne, Angela Barnes and Rachel Parris; and films including The Greatest Showman, Jojo Rabbit, Dirty Dancing and Bohemian Rhapsody. Get tickets here.
Film & Food Fest – the UK’s first touring film and food festival is hitting 15 locations this summer, including two London stops (22nd – 25th July at Finsbury Park and 26th – 29th August at Beckenham Park). Across the four days there’ll be screenings of classic movies and recent releases like Joker, Jojo Rabbit, Grease, Onward, The Invisible Man and The Goonies as well as short films from regional filmmakers, live comedy and local street food traders curated by Street Food Warehouse. Get tickets here.
Drive In Film Club – following its 2020 season, Drive In Film Club is coming back to Ally Pally as well as parking up at Brent Cross this spring. The programme of films includes new releases and cult classics with the likes of Saint Maud, Pixie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Minari, Fight Club, Spiceworld, Do The Right Thing, Isle Of Dogs and Pretty Woman all on the schedule. You’ll be able to bring your own snacks or order food and drink to be delivered by skaters to your car. Get tickets here.
Rooftop Film Club – screens are heading back on the roofs this summer as Rooftop Film Club returns for its tenth season. Roof East in Stratford opens on 18th May with Peckham’s Bussey Building following on 21st May, with films like Sound of Metal, Pulp Fiction, Bridesmaids, Spirited Away, Fight Club, Girls Trip, The Big Lebowski and Queen & Slim on the programme. Get tickets here.