Summer 2019: The best pop-up cinemas
Oh, those summer nights! Roll out your blanket, spread out your finger food and fizz, and enjoy the show!
Words by Rhiannon Pursall
We’ve collated a spectacular array of outdoor pop-up cinemas across Warwickshire and Coventry at some stunning venues, from historical icons to quaint country gardens and even a farm. Alfresco entertainment is perfect for a ‘something different’ family outing, date night or catch-up with friends!
Retro classics, family faves and recent blockbusters projected in some seriously cool locations…
Hilltop Farm, Hunningham, nr Leamington Spa – Enjoy an idyllic spot for an al fresco movie with Film on a Farm plus delicious locally-sourced food & drinks, from 28-day matured beef burgers, locally sourced hog roast with all the trimmings to sweet potato falafel wraps, as well as popcorn, sweet treats and ice cream.
- Fri Jul 12 Bohemian Rhapsody 9pm
There’s a large free car park, lovely loos, and if you don’t want to leave – check out the glamping site, Hilltop Hideaways.
Coughton Court, Alcester – Settle in front of the big screen in the grounds of this characterful Tudor mansion, which is still a family home.
Summer Nights Baddesley Clinton, Knowle
Venture into the heart of the Forest of Arden for an enchanted evening on this intimate estate.
Summer Screens Coventry Cathedral
Lounge amongst the gothic ruins of Coventry’s infamous cathedral, with a choice of seating options: blanket, bean bag or deckchair!
- Wed 24 Jul A Star is Born 7pm
- Thu 25 Jul Bohemian Rhapsody 7pm
- Fri 26 Jul Bohemian Rhapsody 7pm
- Sat 27 Jul Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 7pm
Luna Cinema Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle’s inherent magic is sure to enhance your cinematic thrills!
- Tue 10 Sep A Star is Born 8.30pm
- Wed 11 Sep Mammia Mia! Here We Go Again 8.30pm
- Thu 12 Sep Bohemian Rhapsody 8.30pm
Summer Screens, Rugby School
We’re leaping at the chance to glam up our seating options to a bean bag or deckchair in the majestic setting of Rugby School
Moonlit Cinema, Mill Gardens, Leamington Spa
A new outdoor cinema in Leamington town centre with Warwickshire Gin Company pouring G&T’s, plus food vendors and bar.
- Thur Aug 15 Grease 8.30pm
- Fri Aug 16 Bohemian Rhapsody 8.30pm
- Sat Aug 17 Jurassic Park 8.30pm
- Wed Sept 11 A Star is Born 8.15pm
- Thur Sept 12 25th-anniversary Pulp Fiction (18) 8.15pm
Summer by the River, London Bridge City, London, 30 May – 28 Aug
The largest outdoor festival in London running from now to 2 September, with outdoor film, theatre, sporting events, food, drinks and entertainment. Films include Black Panther (20 Aug, 7.30pm), Mary Poppins Returns (27 Aug, 7pm) and the brilliant The Incredibles 2 (25 Aug, time TBC). Full line up here.
Film4Summer, Somerset House, 8 – 21 Aug
If you can make it into London, head for the popular Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Featuring a mixture of premiers, old classics and recent hits, the venue’s fountain courtyard is a corker of a setting on a balmy summers evening in the capital. This year’s highlights include The Matrix on 12 Aug, 7pm (who saw Hollywood hottie Keanu Reeves in the latest YSL campaign?), horror/sci-fi back to back of Get Out & They Live (17 Aug, 7pm), cult classic Clueless (18 Aug, 7pm) and Film4Summer’s 200th screening which will be celebrated with Ryan Coogler’s Oscar-winning, superhero spectacular Black Panther (9 Aug, 7pm).
Luna Kids Cinema, Hampton Court Palace, 14 – 18 Aug
Outdoor cinema stalwart Luna Cinema pops up at Hampton Court Palace with the UK’s first al fresco cinema, especially for children. Hampton Court has 15 screenings including brand new Dumbo (14 Aug, 4.30pm), a Julia Donaldson madly of The Gruffalo, Zog and Highway Rat (17 Aug, 10am), Moana (Aug 17, 1pm) and The Incredibles 2 (16 Aug, 4pm).