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10 of the Best Pop-up Outdoor Cinemas

Lights, camera....and outdoor cinema action!


La La Land

Warm summer nights are perfect for snuggling up on a picnic blanket with Ryan Gosling or whichever other Hollywood star takes your fancy. Here’s ten al-fresco film screenings popping up in Warwickshire, Birmingham and neighbouring Blenheim Palace over the summer.


The Luna Cinema, Warwick Castle, Tue Sept 5-Thurs Sept 7

More classic films under the stars in one of the country’s most incredible settings. In the dramatic Court Yard at Warwick Castle you can watch La La Land (12A , 128 mins) on Tuesday, 5 September. Dirty Dancing on Wed Sept 6 and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Thurs Sept 7 are already sold out. You’ll have a chocolate chip cookie welcome on arrival and can enjoy an Estrella Damm at the Luna Bar and a variety of food stalls.
Outdoor Cinema at Twycross Zoo; The Jungle Book (2016), Atherstone, Warwickshire, Sat Sept 2
A night at the Zoovies, 5pm-9pm with the film showing at 7pm prompt. Need to book in advance on 01827 883140.
Sundown Cinema, mac Birmingham, Fri Aug 11-Fri Sept 1

Enjoy the return of the mac’s great Sundown Cinema season in their Outdoor Arena, which includes Gene Kelly with his umbrella Singin’ in the Rain on Fri Aug 11; Whoopi Goldberg, Maggie Smith and Lauryn Hill in Sister Act – Back in the Habit on Fri Aug 18; This is Spinal Tap on Fri Aug 25 and Bridesmaids on Fri Sept 1. You can also expect a best dressed competition, themed bar area and menus to set the mood, plus limited edition cocktails/mocktails.

££ £9-10.


 Every Friday until Aug 11 there will be live music, outdoor street food and a film (& if it rains the screening will be shown indoors) The movie starts at 9pm with entertainment starting at 7pm.
This Fri July 28 you can see Ghostbusters: on Fri Aug 4 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens and on Fri Aug 11 The Goonies. Screenings start at 9pm with entertainment starting at 7pm.
Following on from screenings in Coventry Cathedral Ruins you can book a bean bag or deck-chair at one of Birmingham’s most popular attractions. Film choices include Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet Thurs on Sept 14, Tom Cruise in Top Gun on Fri Sept 15 and La La Land Sat Sept 16. Screenings start at 8.15pm.


Outdoor Street Food & Film Festival, Rum Runner Yard, Regency Wharf, Birmingham, Fri July 28-Sept 2

Paul McGann and Richard E Grant in Withnail & I

On the former site of the Rum Runner Club where Duran Duran worked as resident band in the early 80s there’ll be a giant screen & deck chairs in association with Flatpack. They’ve got ponchos for the rain and blankets should it all take a turn for the worse as well as some of the city’s best streetfood traders. Every weekend a different restaurant or Digbeth Dining Club street food trader will create specially themed meals to perfectly match each of the 14 films. Check out the summer line-up:

Fri Jul 28 – The Shawshank Redemption + Rub Smokehouse. Ticket link hereSat Jul 29 – Monty Python and the Holy Grail + Rub Smokehouse ;Ticket link hereFri Aug 4 – The Goonies + DDC Street Food, Ticket link hereAugust 5 – Pulp Fiction + DDC Street Food ;Ticket link here ;August 10 – Ratatouille + Baked in Brick ;Ticket link hereAugust 11 – The Italian Job 1969 + Baked in Brick (this UK award winning street food trader cooks in the converted engine compartment of a Mini) Ticket link hereAugust 12 – Edward Scissorhands + DDC Street Food; August 18 – Special event – details to be confirmed; August 19 – Stand By Me + DDC Street Food + Pietanic ; August 20 – Special Event via Flatpack Film Festival – Regency Wharf’s Gateway to India – details tbc; August 25 – The Big Lebowski + Original Patty Men ;August 26 – Withnail and I + Original Patty Men; Sept 1 – Moonrise Kingdom + DDC Street Food ;Sept 2 – Reservoir Dogs + DDC Street Food.

August Bank Holiday Outdoor Screenings, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, Fri Aug 25-Sun Aug 27

“I’m just a sweet transvestite…!” Tim Curry in The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Mockingbird Cinema and Kitchen (in partnership with sister company Factory Cinema Co.)  is known for its ‘event cinema screenings’. It will be celebrating the bank holiday with a weekend of bars, street food, popcorn, spot prizes for best costumes and post-screening after parties.  There’ll be 80’s sing-a-long favourite Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fri Aug 25; The Lion King at 1pm on Sat Aug 26; followed by Grease at 7pm; Back to the Future on Sun Aug 27 at 1pm and Batman 1989 at 7pm.
Grease Drive-in, Beacon Park, Lichfield Historic Parks

“We go together Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong…”

Experience a 50’s style American drive-in and pile into your cars to watch John Travolta strut his stuff in cult musical Grease on a giant inflatable screen in Beacon Park on Sat Aug 12. Cars will be directed to their places – all foot tickets have sold out. Lakeside Bistro will be selling movie snacks, including popcorn, hotdogs and ice creams. Tickets need to be pre-booked.

££ – £20 per car with a maximum of 4 people (£5 extra per head).

Pre-order blankets and a backrest or watch the film from a reserved director’s chair, in prime position of the screen in this stunning location over one weekend. You can see Top Gun on Fri Aug 11, Grease on Sat Aug 12 and Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Sun Aug 13. Heading into LondonLuna Cinema also has some prime locations for other summer film screenings including Greenwich Park, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Westminster Abbey.

Nicole Kidman as Satine in Moulin Rouge

 Cult Screens are taking over the Museums’ Lawn for a luxury outdoor cinema experience.  Book a deckchair, a beanbag or bring your own seat/blanket and settle back to enjoy Jurassic Park on Aug 23; Star Wars: Rogue One on Aug 24 or Baz Luhrmann’s gloriously over-the-top musical Moulin Rouge on Aug 25.

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