We all love watching movies, right? Well this summer there are options well beyond the confines of your local Odeon. Check these ideas out.
For the first time, The British Museum is screening a major exhibition, Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, in cinemas nationwide, while opera fans can enjoy live screenings direct from the Royal Opera House.
Pompeii Live is a unique broadcast which brings the remarkable collection, alongside commentary from renowned experts and live performances of music and poetry, to people across the country throughout August. The ROH’s performances of Tosca’s Puccini and La Rondine will be shown on BP Big Screens in a host of venues throughout England, including London’s Trafalgar Square, The Piazza in Plymouth and Waltham Forest in Walthamstow.
Presented in the magnificent 18th century courtyard complete with surround sound, Somerset House is heralded as one of the best loved open-air cinemas.
This year, the season includes the world premieres of: About Time, Richard Curtis’s time travelling romance; The Way Way Back, a coming of age comedy starring Steve Carrell; and on closing night, Prince Avalanche, an odd-couple comedy with Paul Rudd.
Stately Homes are slowly but surely getting in on the cinema act, with open-air screenings becoming a regular summer fixture.
Lincolnshire’s Burghley House will be airing Disney classics, a blast of Bond and the Oscar winning ‘The King’s Speech’ as part of its diversification programme in August. Four days of cinematic splendour will see the picturesque south gardens convert to a spectacular outdoor cinema hall. From your seat, you’ll admire more than action, adventure and amore as the gardens over-look the grand Elizabethan palace, Capability Brown Lake and sweeping parkland beyond.
Now, this we love. There is a series of films being shown in their real-life locations by Picnic Cinema, it takes ‘set-jetting’ to a whole other level.
The line-up extends to 28 Days Later and Sightseers, both shot in Cumbria which you can view in various locations in the Lake District.
With bikini diets on the go, flash your beach body all over the rooftops of London with Hot Tub Cinema. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city skyline, champagne waiter service and of course your favourite film on the giant screen with the hottest alfresco cinema experience in London. Book a tub with friends or individual tickets to meet some new ones as you splash along to classics like Dirty Dancing, Top Gun and Grease.
In addition, the glamping company Pitch-Up includes in its portfolio, Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, ideal for beach babes and Hollywood hunks. Featuring an outdoor pool, the site holds regular open air film screenings where the back drop of one of the Isle of Wight’s most stunning beaches sets the mood flawlessly for that light-hearted rom-com you’re in the mood for.
A medieval castle built by William the Conqueror could be no less than majestic. It’s little wonder therefore that the charms of Warwick Castle have drawn in stars and starlets such as Dame Grace Kelly, Clark Gable and Lawrence Olivier.
To celebrate its glitterati past, this summer, the castle will be hosting a mini film festival of three Hollywood blockbusters. Grab your gingham blanket and picnic basket, and set yourself down in the central courtyard as centurions roar with Gladiator, thespians dramatise with Les Miserables and gal-pals giggle along to Mamma Mia!