Guide to London’s open air and pop-up cinemas in summer 2016
Londoners don’t get anywhere near the amount of warm weather we would like. So when it is sunny, we all head outside. Of course, this leaves film fans in a predicament – who wants to be stuck indoors when the weather is so glorious? Over the past few years, pop-up and open air cinemas have been steadily rising in popularity and this summer will be no different. Of course, sometimes the weather isn’t so kind, so many roaming film clubs are hosting screenings in unique London indoor venues as well. Here’s a guide to the capital’s open-air and pop-up cinemas so you can enjoy some alfresco entertainment with an ice-cold beer or glass of wine… sounds good doesn’t it?
- March until 30 July : Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet With A Live Choir
Backyard Cinema are marking the 20th anniversary of Baz Luhrmann’s cult classic Romeo + Juliet with a screening accompanied by a live choir. Ice cream, bubbly and popcorn will be on sale. Tickets start from £20. St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, York Street, Marylebone, W1H 1PQ. Nearest station: Baker Street and Edgware Road. For booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. For Metro Girl’s review, click here.
- 3 May – 17 September : Rooftop Film Club
The Rooftop Film Club is for rooftops only (obviously). Screening a mix of films including recent releases and classics. Venues include the Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye, Roof East in Stratford, Tobacco Dock in Shadwell and Kensington Roof Gardens. Ticket includes headphones, blankets and deckchairs. Tickets: £15. To find out more, visit the Rooftop Film Club website.
- 22 May – 24 September : The Nomad Cinema
Travelling cinema company returns this summer with a new roll call of venues. Locations include St Mark’s Mayfair, Paddington Street Gardens, Grosvenor Square, Bushy Park, Hoxton Hotel, Brown Hart Gardens, Royal Academy Of Arts, Belgrave Square, Brompton Cemetery, Victory Park East Village, Hyde Park Lido and Queen’s Park. Ticket prices £5-£33 (vary depending on package, some include food and drinks and other bonuses). To find out more, visit the Nomad Cinema website.
- 2 June – 10 September : Cult Screens
Roaming UK pop-up screen will be coming to London for several dates at Twickenham’s York House Gardens, featuring your favourite movies with a twist. Tickets: Floor cushions £12, Deckchairs £14.50, Bean Bag £16. York House Gardens, Richmond Road, Twickenham, TW1 3AA. Nearest station: Twickenham. For more information, visit Cult Screens.
- 7 June – 2 August : London Bridge City Summer Festival
Film screenings will take place once every 1-2 weeks at The Scoop by the River Thames. Movies include Grease, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Labyrinth, Fame, Purple Rain, Princess Bride and Top Gun. Free, but you will need to turn up early to secure a spot. The Scoop, Queen’s Walk, SE1 2DB. Nearest tube: London Bridge. For more information and listings, visit the London Bridge City Summer Festival website.
- 23 June – 25 September : Luna Cinema
As well as venues outside London, Luna Cinema will be popping up at various venues across the capital this summer. Locations include Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park, Brockwell Lido, Chiswick House & Gardens, Clissold Park, Crystal Palace Park, Dulwich Park, Fulham Palace, Greenwich Park, Kensington Palace, Kenwood House, Kew Gardens, Modern Hall Park, One New Change, Opera Holland Park, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Sky Garden, Tower Of London, Tooting Common, Victoria Embankment Gardens, Victoria Tower Gardens and Wandsworth Park. Blankets and wedges available at every screening. Tickets start from £15. For more information and listings, visit the Luna Cinema website.
- 5 – 26 July : Vauxhall One Summer Screen
Vauxhall One host four free screenings over the summer in the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. Films include Wayne’s World, 10 Things I Hate About You, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and a public vote choice. There will also be street food from Hashtag Fish, Backstreet Diner and Maize Blaze. 7pm onwards on Tuesdays. Free. Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (Entrance on Kennington Lane), Vauxhall, SE11 5HY. Nearest station: Vauxhall. For more information, visit the Vauxhall One website.
- 22 July – 24 September : Pop Up Screens
Travelling pop-up cinema appears in both alfresco and indoor venues, with food and alcohol stands accompanying them. Locations include Bishops Park Fulham, Ravenscourt Park Hammersmith, Greenwich Peninsula, Guildhall Yard, Coram’s Fields Holborn and Manor House Gardens Hither Green. Tickets from £12. To find out about screenings and bookings, visit the Pop Up Screens website. Check out Metro Girl’s review of Pop Up Screens at Morden Hall Park here.
- 4 – 17 August : Film4 Summer Screen @ Somerset House
The courtyard of Somerset House hosts two weeks of alfresco summer screenings. Includes screenings of premieres, double bills and classics. Movies include Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Ex-Machina, Sunset Boulevard, 10 Things I Hate About You, Jackie Brown and Captain Fantastic première. There is also an opportunity for film fans to vote for their favourite Kubrick film to be screened on 11 August. Tickets start from £16. Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA. Nearest tube: Temple. For more information, visit the Somerset House website.
- 8 – 14 August : Backyard Cinema Music Film Festival
Screening of music-themed films, including Marley, Hard Day’s Night, Awesome I F**kin’ Shot That, The Blues Brothers and Ray. Tickets start from £16.50. Camden Market, Camden, NW1. Nearest station: Camden Town or Chalk Farm. For more information, visit the Backyard Cinema website. For Metro Girl’s review of a previous Backyard Cinema screening in Camden, click here.
- 22 – 28 August : St Kats Floating Film Festival
Watch a classic water-themed film on a floating pontoon in St Katharine Docks. Movies include The Beach, The Impossible, Splash, Mamma Mia, Jaws, Finding Nemo, Pirates Of The Caribbean, The Little Mermaid and Life Of Pi. Sit on a deckchair or share a beanbag. Gates open 6pm. Tickets: £11-£22. St Katharine Docks, 50 St. Katharine’s Way, Tower Bridge, E1W 1LA. Nearest station: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway (DLR). For more information, visit the St Katharine Docks website.
- 24 – 25 August and 7 – 8 September : Kew The Movies
Open air screenings against the backdrop of Kew Palace. Movies include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic Park, Mean Girls and Labyrinth. Tickets: £16.50-£18. Kew Palace, Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AB. Nearest station: Kew. For tickets, visit the Kew Gardens website.
- 16 September – 7 November : Backyard Cinema – Lost World
Roaming cinema club Backyard Cinema brings a new level of adventure to your favourite action movies. Sit inside the Lost Jungle with sound effects, tropical plants and trees and special surprises as you watch films such as Jurassic Park, Jungle Book, Hunger Games, The Goonies, Lion King, Apocalypse Now and Peter Pan. Tickets from £16.50. Lost World, 42 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle, SE1 6DR. Nearest station: Elephant & Castle. For booking, visit Backyard Cinema’s website. For more information, visit Metro Girl’s blog on the Lost World.
For a guide to what else is on in London in September, click here.