As summer winds down and the days begin to grow shorter, the temperatures drop and the sky darkens a little earlier each night. However, don’t despair at the changing of the seasons, there’s still joy to be had in the twilight of our summer season at the open air cinemas in and around London.
Throughout the summer and into the early autumn, outdoor cinemas pop up around the city and countryside to put on twilight screenings of beloved classics such as Breakfast At Tiffany’s, Casablanca, and The Goonies, critically-acclaimed films like Zero Dark Thirty, Midnight in Paris, and Shakespeare in Love, cult classics such as Labyrinth and Fight Club, and even the occasional children’s film to take the kids (or your inner child to) with showings of Mary Poppins and The Jungle Book. Dotted across the city in various locations, each outdoor cinema has something special to give it its own certain flair and individuality.
The Rooftop Film Club, for instance, operates in four different areas of London. Viewers can watch films while enjoying spectacular views of the cityscape, fresh food in Peckham Rye, Kensington, Hoxton, or Ealing Broadway. In September, the club’s program boasts Pan’s Labyrinth, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Notebook, Drive, The Jungle Book, Mary Poppins, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.
The Luna Cinema, on the other hand, travels to different locations both in and around London, showing fan favourites such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones, and Oscar-nominated films like Life of Pi, Argo, Skyfall, and Les Miserables. Throughout August and September, Luna Cinema will be showing in Regent’s Park, at Leeds Castle, Warwick Castle, Hatfield House, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, and more.
The Nomad Cinema also pops up at various locations throughout the city and will be showing Roman Holiday, Edward Scissorhands, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Amelie, Donnie Darko, and more between now and the end of September. You’ll find showings at Queen’s Park, Fulham Palace, and Brompton Cemetery.
Fans of classic horror and gothic take note: The British Film Institute, or BFI, is hosting a Monster Weekend at the end of August to help kick off the four month (October 2013 through January 2014) Southbank film season. In conjunction with The British Museum, who is generously opening its courtyard for the evening screenings, the BFI is putting on showings of Night of the Demon, Dracula (1958), and The Mummy (1959).
The Future Cinema is putting on a show that may best all others for the weekend of 29 August as it shows Dirty Dancing. Last year, over 10,000 handjived away as Future Cinema hosted a viewing of Grease in Barnes Park in September. You can expect dancing and sing-alongs at this surprise venue (it’s kept secret until the day of the showing).
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