After the success of previous years of the Rooftop Film Club at the popular Shoreditch venue the Queen of Hoxton, film fans will pleased to learn of the return of the summer screening series, which sees a range of classic, cult and recent releases shown on a big screen on the roof for £13 a pop. The experience is far cry from the usual cinema multiplex fodder - with guests able to sit back under the glow of The City's skyline as they enjoy their favourite films with a drink in hand. Wireless headphones, a massive screen, comfy chairs, blankets, drinks and bar food makes for a great all-round experience - and the setting really is quite something. "You see films in parks but never this high up and right in the heart of the city. There's no venue like it," says founder of The Rooftop Film Club, Gerry Cottle Jr. This year's programme at the Queen of Hoxton gets under way on Wednesday 4th May with Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The full line-up draws from many a genre and includes classics such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Bugsy Malone and The Breakfast Club, as well as more recent releases such as Pitch Perfect and The Lego Movie. The Rooftop Film Club has also returned to the Bussey Building in Southwark this year.
London Outdoor Film Screenings
The Queen Of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3JX
Tube: Liverpool Street Station
Dates: From 03rd May 2015
Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 1st May to 30th September 2015
The huge roof terrace of the Bussey Building in Peckham Rye is the second venue for the Rooftop Film Club this summer with a series of films that gets under way on Tuesday 6th May with the classic romantic Dirty Dancing. The 5,000 square foot terrace boasts magnificent panoramic views of London, while guests can enjoy zingy Mexican street food and a Caribbean BBQ, a fully licenced bar serving cocktails and cold drinks while they enjoy a selection of classic films shown on a big screen with wireless headphones and comfy seats. The programme includes Philomena, Reservoir Dogs, The Graduate and Trainspotting and with old classics like The Breakfast Club and new releases including The Grand Budapest Hotel there's something for everyone. Tickets cost £13 and the films kick off at 9pm.
20th May, 15th July, 17th September 2014
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Dates: 10th June to 22nd September 2015
Three of the Royal Opera House's most emotionally powerful productions are broadcast live on a giant screen in Trafalgar Square in a magnificent free summer event in the heart of London. The BP Big Screen series kicks off with La traviata on 20th May, Verdi's tragic tale of a Parisian courtesan who sacrifices all for love, vividly told in Richard Eyre's production. Up next is Puccini's La boheme on 15th July, if you've never been to an opera before, this is the ideal place to start as the magical, heart-tugging music is familiar to most of us. The trio is complete on Thursday 17th September with the Royal Opera's performance of Verdi's classic, Rigoletto, a dark, thrilling tale of seduction, trickery and bloody revenge, in David McVicar's arresting production. So, join friends and family, bring a picnic and enjoy world-class opera and ballet in an iconic London setting - all for free.
Former Shoreditch Underground Station, Pedley Street, off Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London, E1 6SE
Tube: Aldgate East Station
Dates: 6th to 10th May 2015
Of all London's open-air cinema experiences, this is perhaps the most bizarre: for filmgoers watch what's on offer from an inflatable hot tub that can take up to six people. So, while sipping on a glass of bubbly and watching cult favourites like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the audience is surrounded by simmering 40 degrees bubbles themselves. Back for 2014, The Hot Tub Cinema has moved to a transformed railway station in the heart of Shoreditch where 20 hot tubs, two screens and a bespoke surround-sound system have been installed. Guests will be treated to spacious hot tubs, a BBQ menu and tub-side waiter service. The summer season will be split into two-week themed runs, starting in June with the 'London Underground Series' with titles including Snatch, The Inbetweeners Movie, and Get Him to the Greek. The only rules: keep your swimwear with you at all times and mind the gap between the train and your hot tub.
Dates: 12th June - 21st September 2014
Since its launch in 2011, The Floating Cinema has returned each summer to navigate the waterways of East London and beyond for two months and this summer is no different. Showing a range of free on-board film screenings and a diverse array of other events, The Floating Cinema occupies a customised narrow boat and features a varied and vibrant programme of outdoor screenings, quirky canal tours, talks, workshops and events (predominantly - but not exclusively - on the weekends). The Floating Cinema opens its gangplank on Saturday 12th June with the Open Air Weekender, three days of open air films, food and music with a Mexican flavour at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More than just a cinema, events this summer include a fishing demo where you can try your hand at fly fishing followed by a screening of 'Kiss the Water', and a tour of London's canalside food stalls for 'Eat the World' on Saturday 19th July. The boat floats on until September travelling all over London's waterways and taking part in events like the Mayor's Thames Festival and the Angel Canal Festival, both events worth jumping ship for.
Various venues | 15th June to 27th September 2014
Dates: 15th June - 27th September 2014
Dubbed "London's best outdoor cinema" by the Evening Standard, Nomad Cinema takes place at an inspiring range of beautiful, curious and downright strange screening locations across London and beyond. The aim is for the film events to both embrace and enhance each venue, with a special festival atmosphere making the evening's both memorable and unique. This year's Nomad events take place at a Manhattan loft apartment within Hoxton Hotel (When Harry Met Sally - Sun 15 Jun), Belgrave Square (The Jungle Book - Sat 21 Jun, Casablanca - Sun 22 Jun), and Grosvenor Square (Goldfinger - Thu 10 Jul, Four Weddings and a Funeral - Fri 11 Jul, When Harry Met Sally - Thu 17 Jul, Top Gun - Fri 18 Jul) as part of Grosvenor's Summer in the Square festival which runs over two weeks in July, Coram's Fields in Bloomsbury (Hairspray - Wed 13th Aug, The Goonies - Thu 14th Aug), Bushy Park (Labyrinth - Fri 22 Aug, E.T. - Sat 30 Aug), Queen's Park (Jurassic Park - Sat 16 Aug, Thelma & Louise - Sat 6 Sep, Pulp Fiction - Sat 20 Sep, Cinema Paradiso - Sat 27 Sep), Fulham Palace (Dirty Dancing - Thu 28 Aug, Footloose - Thu 4 Sep, Singin' in the Rain - Thu 11 Sep), Brompton Cemetery (The Matrix - Tue 9 Sep, The Dark Knight - Wed 10 Sep), Hyde Park Lido (The Talented Mr Ripley - Wed 24 Sep, Breakfast at Tiffany's - Thu 25 Sep). Promising to inject a unique festival atmosphere to your outdoor cinematic experience, Nomad is presented by the popular Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise. For more information please visit www.whereisthenomad.com.
The Luna Cinema
20th June to 28th September 2014
Promising classic films in the country's most beautiful settings, Luna Cinema is one of the UK's leading open air cinema events - combining prestigious locations, cult films and picnics at sunset to produce an unforgettable summer experience. If only they could control the weather! London Luna venues this summer are Battersea Park (TAmerican Hustle - Tue 9th Sept; Labyrinth - Wed 10th Sept; Django Unchained - Thu 11th Sept), Brockwell Lido (Jaws - Thu 17th July; Captain Phillips - Thu 24th July; TBC/decide by vote - Thu 18th Sept), Dulwich Park (Cool Runnings - Fri 18th July; Top Gun - Sat 19th July; Thelma and Louise - Sun 20th July; The Wolf Of Wall Street - Wednesday, 20th Aug), Hampton Court Palace (Dirty Dancing - Sat 9th Aug; Casablanca - Sun 10th Aug; 12 Years A Slave - Fri 12th Sept; Captain Phillips - Sat 13th Sept), Kensington Palace (Back to the Future - Wed 6th Aug; Breakfast at Tiffany's - Thur 7th Aug; The Great Gatsby - Fri 8th Aug), Kew Gardens (see 'Kew The Movies' above), One New Change (The Big Lebowski - Sun 3rd Aug; TBC/public vote - Sun 31st Aug; The Wolf of Wall Street - Sun 14th Sept), Opera Holland Park (Romeo and Juliet - Wed 13th Aug; The Birds - Thurs 14th Aug; The Graduate - Fri 15th Aug; Les Miserables - Sat 16th Aug), Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (Goldfinger - Sun 17th Aug; Breakfast at Tiffany's - Mon 1st Sept) and Ascot Racecourse (Raiders Of The Lost Ark - Thurs 31st July; Some Like it Hot - Fri 1st Aug; Dirty Dancing - Sat 2nd Aug). Keep an eye out on www.thelunacinema.com for more details.
Pop Up Screens
11th July to 27th September 2014 (Fri, Sat & Sun)
Enjoy cult movies, a cold beer of glass of wine and a bag of fresh popcorn in numerous outdoor locations all over London with Pop Up Screens. This year's programme boasts 30 films over 10 weekends in various locations all over London. Morden Hall Park has a first weekend of Labyrinth, Legally Blonde, and The Breakfast Club (11th to 13th July). The Thames-side Bishops Park in Fulham has Anchorman, Empire Records and Ghostbusters (18th to 20th July), followed by a second weekend of Blade, The Notebook, and Back to the Future from 29th to 31st August. Mycenae House in Blackheath has Shaun of the Dead, and The Full Monty on 25th and 26th July. Head to Coram Fields near Holborn for Dumb & Dumber, 10 Things I Hate About You, Dirty Dancing, and Jurassic Park from 14th to 17th August. And at Manor House Gardens in Lewisham there's Fight Club, Moulin Rouge, and American Beauty (5th to 7th September). Tickets cost £10 per film or £25 for a weekend ticket for three films at one venue. A season ticket to all 30 films at all venues throughout the summer costs £75. For more information please visit www.popupscreens.co.uk.
Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 8AF
Dates: 16th July - 04th September 2014
The independent pop-up movie theatre company Backyard Cinema hosts a series of outdoor summer screenings at the famous Camden Lock Market on Thursday nights from July to September. A 12-foot screen is supplemented by a powerful sound system, while guests can enjoy the films on bean bag loungers and deck chairs, cushions and blankets. There's also a Brewdog bar, Honest Burgers BBQ, fresh popcorn, frozen cocktails, cupcakes, and 1950's usherettes serving you at your seats. A diverse programme includes Gravity (Wed 16 Jul), Dallas Buyers Club (Thu 17 Jul), Silver Linings (Wed 23 Jul), The Lego Movie (Thur 24 Jul), Cruel Intentions (Wed 30 Jul), From Dusk Till Dawn (Thu 31 Jul), Ghostbusters (Wed 6 Aug), Bridesmaids (Thu 7 Aug), Superbad (Wed 13 Aug), The Matrix (Thu 14 Aug), Pulp Fiction (Fri 15 Aug), The Goonies (Wed 20 Aug), Back to the Future (Thu 21 Aug), A sing and dance-a-long screening of The Blues Brothers (Fri 22 Aug), Skyfall (Wed 27 Aug), Grease (Fri 29 Aug), This is Spinal Tap (Wed 3 Sep), Spiderman 2 (Thu 4 Sep), finishing with a final screening of Human Traffic on Friday 5th September. Films can be enjoyed in tandem with a visit to the Camden Summer Night Markets, which are free to the public.
Somerset House, Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA
Tube: Temple Station
Dates: 6th to 19th August 2015
Possibly the most famous of all the open air film events to take place in London, Summer Screen returns to Somerset House in association with Film4 to bring cinema lovers a truly eclectic mix of movies. This year's programme features comedy, romance, musicals, thrillers and cult classics, kicks off with the UK premiere of French drama 'Two Days, One Night' starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and continues with Roman Polanski's 'Rosemary's Baby', a double bill of 'A Fistful of Dollars' and 'Mad Max 2', and classic Marilyn Monroe flick 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'. The film festival ends with UK premiere of New Zealand vampire movie 'What We Do in the Shadows' and in between feast your eyes on an array of films that includes Emma Thompson's take on Jane Austen's novel 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Annie Hall', the UK premiere of '20,000 Days on Earth', and 'The Great Beauty' - the winner of this year's Oscar and BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film. 2014 is the 10th anniversary of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House and to mark the occasion they asked film fans for their favourite film from highlights of the past 10 years. After thousands of votes the winning film was revealed as 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' which will be screened as part of this year's season. Each night DJs play in the courtyard before the film is shown on a state-of-the-art screen with full surround sound. Beside the Screen talks provide special insights into the films, with directors, actors and industry insiders giving talks which illuminate the programme.
Trinity Hospice, 30 Clapham Common North Side, London, SW4 0RN
Tube: Clapham Common Station
Dates: 19th, 20th and 21st August 2015
The Trinity Cinema Series - which is held in the award-winning gardens of the Clapham hospice - returns for a fourth year raising the funds for Trinity Hospice. This year's line-up features three all-time classics: gender-crossing spoof gangster film Some Like It Hot (Thursday 14th August) starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, musical comedy the Blues Brothers (Friday 15th August), and 80s cult classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Saturday 16th August). So, come join the likes of Marilyn, the hilarious Dan Aykroyd, and the ultimate slacker Ferris for three nights of outdoor cinematic fun - all for a good cause. Opt for the VIP package and you'll get two tickets, a bottle of prosecco, popcorn and some other summery treats. For more information see www.trinityhospice.org.uk/cinemaseries.
21st & 22nd August 2014
Chiswick House, Burlington Lane, London, W4 2RP
Tube: Turnham Green Station
Dates: 21st - 22nd August 2014
The historic Chiswick House in southwest London hosts a double bill of outdoor screenings on back-to-back nights this August. Audiences can spread picnics out on the western lawn of the house which once belonged to Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, while they enjoy the classic teen romance Dirty Dancing (Thursday 21st August) starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, or the 1991 thriller The Silence of the Lambs (Friday 22nd August) which sees Clarice (played by Jodie Foster) cosy up with serial killer Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), to catch the killer who skins his victims. A film not for the faint-hearted. Both screenings start at 8.30pm and cost £13.
The Scoop at More London, The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London, SE1 2AA
Tube: London Bridge Station
Dates: 03rd - 26th September 2014
One of London's most popular outdoor screening events takes place in September at The Scoop, a 1,000-seat amphitheatre located between HMS Belfast and Tower Bridge in the shadow of City Hall on the south bank of the Thames. Screenings of a mixture of current, classical and cult films take place on three successive Wednesdays to Fridays with the 2014 line-up including the recent release, The LEGO Movie, Judy Dench's latest turn in Philomena, coming of age classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off, adventure blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark, American satirical science fiction film starring Jim Carrey The Truman Show, and 2013 release Mandela - The Long Walk to Freedom, starring Idris Elba and Naomie Harris. The More London Free Film Festival is - as the title suggests - a free event, with places going on a first-come, first-served capacity. All films start at 7.30pm and there is food and drink available. The screenings are part of the More London Free Festival of music, theatre, film and fringe performances that takes place at the same location all summer long.
Kew Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens), Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AB
Tube: Kew Gardens Station
Dates: 04th - 06th September 2014
Set within the stunning Kew Gardens, Kew the Movies sees the beautiful botanical gardens of southwest London host a pleasant pop-up cinema beneath the stars over three consecutive nights. In partnership with The Luna Cinema, the 2014 Kew the Movies programme opens on Thursday 4th September with Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Friday 13th September, luckily for Sandra Bullock sees her starring alongside George Clooney in space odyssey 'Gravity'. To tie things up with a combination of high octane fighter pilot comraderie and crooning love songs, 1980s Tom Cruise classic 'Top Gun' on Saturday 6th September will no doubt reveal that certain members of the audience are able to quote entire sections of the script, word for word. The iconic Kew Palace and Gardens acts as a grand backdrop to the giant screen while guests are invited to bring picnics to spread out on the lawns. Just cross your fingers the rain keeps away - and the Kew queues aren't too long.
It's a secret - TBC
Since launching in 2007, when events were attended by 400 people, Secret Cinema has "snowballed into an urban phenomenon" (Telegraph), with their last event "enthralling more than 21,000 cinephiles clad in fancy-dress" (Telegraph). The concept is delightfully simple: the organisers sell tickets to audiences without them knowing what film they're about to see or where the location is. At the last minute, the location is revealed - plus a set of rules, usually including a dress code so that the audience becomes totally immersed in the experience, which incorporates theatre, live music, food and drinks in a bid to bring the action alive. Previous locations include the Princess Louise Hospital for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (guests were asked to turn up in pyjamas and dressing gowns), Dulwich College for If..., Wood Wharf for Blade Runner and a Euston warehouse for Prometheus (which attracted 25,000 people). In spring 2014, the grandeur of Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel was brought to life at an old glass factory in London, the building transformed from an empty shell - used for filming episodes of Mr Selfridge and Commissioner Gordon's office in the recent Batman films - into a grand hotel over several floors complete with bedrooms and bars. There's no guarantee that the screenings will be open-air - but there's a good chance. Please visit www.secretcinema.org for more information.
Portobello 'Pop Up' is a non profit digital microplex cinema located under the Westway.
274 Portobello Road, Notting Hill, London, W10 5TY
Portobello 'Pop Up' is a non profit digital microplex cinema responsible for a 30 foot screen under the Westway. Rumoured to be the spiritual home of The Clash and Blur, and located just a few steps away from Brett Anderson's home, the cinema apparently 'radiates a powerful vortex of creative energy.' Films include cult classics like Pulp Fiction and gangster thriller Good Fellas, as well as more romantic offerings like Muriel's Wedding, a modern day update on the Ugly Ducking fable. With a diverse and inspiring programme of movie events, the screenings are non-bookable, Boom Burger are in charge of food and the five pounds you pay for tickets will also get you a blanket - cosy up.
19th April 2015
IN THIS ARTICLE
Rooftop Film Club at Queen of Hoxton
Rooftop Film Club at Bussey Building
Royal Opera House BP Big Screens 2014
Hot Tub Cinema
The Floating Cinema
The Luna Cinema
Pop Up Screens
Backyard Cinema: Camden Lock Market
Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House
Trinity Summer Cinema Series
Open Air Cinema at Chiswick House
More London Free Film Festival at The Scoop
Kew the Movies
Portobello Pop Up Cinema
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