Outdoor Cinema Venues this Summer: On the Big Screen

Watching a film under the stars is the ultimate summer experience. Taking place in parks and stately homes across the region, there are viewings of cult classics, musicals and Hollywood blockbusters, so sit back and enjoy an evening with friends at an outdoor cinema.

Outdoor Cinemas in East Anglia
photo courtesy of Luna Cinema Facebook page (2019)

Luna Cinema (Outdoor Seated), June to October

Multiple locations

This summer sees an extended programme with screenings of ‘Rocketman’, ‘Judy’ and ‘1917’ as well as returning fan-favourite sing-alongs like ‘The Greatest Showman’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Grease’ and ‘Mama Mia! Here We Go Again’. There’s plenty of space so you can enjoy the screening with a picnic, but gourmet street food will also be available.

If you can’t attend a screening due to health concerns, you can transfer your ticket to any other screening in the season, free of charge. If you’d rather, you can buy a Luna Gift Ticket that will allow you to choose from any of our screenings in the season, redeemable for any venue or date of your choice.

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New for 2020 is the VIP Sofa package. This includes a luxury beanbag sofa for two, along with a bottle of prosecco, popcorn and even a blanket to keep you cosy as you watch the film. (Subject to Gov’t Guidelines)

There are 150 venues in total, but screenings in the East will take place at Audley End House, Harpenden Common, Hatfield House, Hyde Hall, Highfield Park St Albans, Holkham Hall, Hylands House, Knebworth House and Wrest Park. To book tickets and for more information visit www.thelunacinema.com

Luna Outdoor Cinema
image courtesy of Luna Cinema Facebook page

NEW! Luna Cinema Drive Thru, June to October

Knebworth, Herts (other locations to be added soon in Anglia)

Luna thought long and hard about the best way to bring cinema back whilst adhering to social distancing measures and have come up with the ultimate drive-in experience. With state of the art sound and screens, a fantastic selection of food and drink contactlessly ordered and delivered, a selection of some of the best films ever made, and all of it can be enjoyed whilst staying safe and socially distanced. 

Film fans are in for a treat with the amazing line-up of big screen hits. From award-wining new releases like Rocketman, Joker, Knives Out and the new live-action remake of Aladdin, musical favourites such as Grease and La La Land to cult classics like Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

Keeping your hunger at bay couldn’t be easier at The Luna Drive In Cinema. Pre-order one of our three carefully curated, mouth-watering hampers when you buy your tickets online or browse our full menu and order directly from your phone at the screening itself.
Whether you fancy retro hot food, oven-baked pizza, freshly popped popcorn, an ice-cold drink or a little bit of everything – your order will be swiftly delivered directly to your car by our team on roller-skates and scooters.

Empty deck chairs - Sundown Outdoor Cinema
photo courtesy of Sundowm Cinema Facebook page

Sundown Cinema, June – September 

Suffolk, Cambs, Herts & Beds

This year Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth House, Mill Meadow Island Bedford, Putteridge Bury, Shuttleworth House and Gardens, IWM Duxford, Hitchin Lavender, Ashridge House, The Cricketers Weston, The Jockey Club and Ickworth House all welcome Sundown Cinema. Enjoy an evening in the great outdoors while watching recent blockbusters such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘A Star is Born’, as well as classic films like ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Top Gun’. www.sundowncinema.co.uk

Ticket sales are currently closed until the end of June due to COVID-19 but Sundown continue to monitor the situation and are keeping customers updated via their social media pages. If you had already purchased a ticket you can get all the info on ticket honouring and other FAQ’s on their link https://www.sundowncinema.co.uk/covid-19-impact-statement/

Enchanted Cinema, June – September

Gonville Hotel, Cambridge

The popular pop up cinema returns at the end of June for another summer of movies under Cambridgeshire skies. Watch well-loved films such as ‘Dirty Dancing’, as well as recent hits like ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the pretty inner city hidden garden at The Gonville Hotel. Make it the ultimate movie night and pre-order popcorn and prosecco or a gin & tonic!  www.enchantedcinema.co.uk 

Essex Alfresco Cinema, June, July, August, September and December

Promenade Park, Maldon

An unforgettable star filled movie experience within the pretty setting of the Promenade Park in Maldon. The summer season kicks off with an open air screening of ‘Aladdin’ on 27 June, followed by ‘The Greatest Showman’ on 18 July, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ on 1 August, ‘Frozen 2’ on 22 August and ‘Dirty Dancing’ on 19 September.

Outdoor cinema isn’t just for summer though, this year film lovers can enjoy a drive-in cinema from the comfort and warmth of their car at the park with screenings of Christmas classics. Both ‘Home Alone 2’ and ‘The Grinch’ will be shown on 12 December.  www.essexalfrescocinema.com

Sunset Drive-In, July & August

Southend-on-Sea

Drive in and experience our Sunset Sessions with a mix of sing-along musicals and classic films in a unique setting that is safe and fun for the whole family. Watch movies on a giant LED screen with sound directly through your car radio. This is cinema that celebrates the best in big-screen format from the comfort of your car.

But it doesn’t end there, as soon as restrictions allow us to, we’ll launch our morning Sunshine Sessions that will follow the same Drive In, large screen format but give you the chance to get out of your vehicle, enjoy the fresh air and get active.

https://www.sunsetdrivein.co.uk/

Pink Cadillac - Sunset Drive-In UK in Southend-on-sea
photo courtesy of Sunset Drive-In UK Facebook page

If you love the outdoors and enjoyed this article on Outdoor Cinema destinations this summer then check out these summer articles too

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