Just a couple of years ago, the only options you had for watching movies on the silver screen in London were huge multiplexes or a variety of independents. Watching your favourites outdoors was even more limited – the Summer Series at Somerset House and a few sporadic drive through movies.
Now, everything has changed. There are a variety of companies showing movies, both classic and current, outdoors in incredible locations and often with views to behold. The choice facing Londoners is almost overwhelming, but the showings are always packed and certain films will always sell out – if you can manage to find tickets to watch Elf or Home Alone in the run up to Christmas, count yourself lucky!
Just last week some of the biggest outdoor movie experience providers released their latest schedules; lucky for you, here at The Wander Years we’ve pulled everything together in one handy summary below…
Rooftop Film Club
One of the earliest to the party, Rooftop Film Club has fast become one of the staples of summer entertainment in London (recently spreading their wings to both New York and LA). With four rooftop locations across the city, Rooftop Film Club provides the perfect combination of movies, fantastic cocktails and incredible views. And they’re back again for another summer of movies, with classics such as Pulp Fiction and Dirty Dancing appearing on the schedule alongside recent blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Out. We recommend a Friday evening showing at the Bussey Building, so you can take in the incredible views across London and make the most of the delicious cocktails. For tickets and the full schedule of movies, head to the Rooftop Film Club site.
“Classic films under the stars in the country’s most incredible settings”. This is almost all you need to know about Luna Cinema’s brand of outdoor cinema and let’s you know exactly what to expect…incredible backdrops to incredible films. A huge point of difference, is the touring aspect of their schedule; films are screened across the whole country for all to enjoy. However, if you are based in London, you’ll still have to choose from an array of amazing venues – Alexandra Palace, Brockwell Lido and the Tower of London to name but a few. They offer a range of home comforts for hire, including blankets and backrests, plus a fully stocked bar to keep you ‘hydrated’ throughout your chosen movie. If we had to choose one highlight of the schedule, we would recommend Jaws at the Brockwell Lido (shown above) which has proved hugely popular in the past and sold out extremely quickly – to get your tickets and check out the rest of the schedule, head to the Luna Cinema site.
Over the past couple of summers, Backyard Cinema has built a loyal following with their programme of classic films at their ‘home’ location at Camden Market before expanding last year to their six week film festival – with 36 films shown and the addition of a second screen at London Fields Brewery. In the winter of the same year, Backyard Cinema set up shop with the ‘Winter Night Garden’ at Winterville in East London’s Victoria Park- a four week long season of festive favourites set in an enchanted forest furnished with beanbags and sofas. Whilst they’ve not yet announced a summer season at Camden Market, Backyard Cinema have unveiled further dates in July for their highly commended and hugely popular showing of Romeo + Juliet at St Mary’s Church (Marylebone). With a number of songs from the film sung in their entirety by the Some Voices Choir, this really shouldn’t be missed. Tickets are still available for most dates in July from the Backyard Cinema site, get yours now.
Although it’s a lot more exclusive than the experiences listed above, Secret Cinema events are something that have to be seen to be believed. Last year, the team spent three months recreated and presenting the intricate worlds from a galaxy far, far away in ‘Secret Cinema Presents The Empire Strikes Back’. This year, they’ll be hard at work recreating a sixties holiday camp for a couple of weeks in July, when ‘Secret Cinema Presents Dirty Dancing’. Tickets are still available for four of the original dates released, and while they’re not cheap, we can promise that it will be worth every penny – head to the Secret Cinema site to purchase your tickets or read our Secret Cinema review for more information.