The sun is shining, you decide you want to watch a film under the stars, you find the perfect film. It’s fully booked! That, dear readers, is the problem with outdoor cinema. But fear not, here’s six of August’s best events with tickets to spare.
Nobody puts baby in the corner, and nobody puts on a summer extravaganza like Future Cinema (check out their YouTube video of ‘Grease’ last year). Expect dance-offs and sing-alongs. There’s a venue hush-hush until the day. Secret venue. Aug 30-Sep 1.
‘Where the Wild Things Are’
The secret garden next to Coram’s Fields playground is the perfect spot to discover your inner kid. Organisers Nomad find the best venues for outdoor movies, and will also be popping up at the Horniman Museum and Brompton Cemetery. Coram Secret Garden, WC1. Aug 28.
The Horror Weekender
A cinema on a narrow boat? We like the sound of this weekend, and the fancy dress screening of ‘Frankenweenie’ from the same crew on Aug 23. The boat will be mooring in Granary Square, King’s Cross. Events are free but book ahead. Floating Cinema, N1. Aug 9-10.
Watching a movie under the stars at Somerset House is a London summer don’t-miss. Most films have sold out (note to self for next year). But you can still book for Ken Loach’s heartbreaking ‘Kes’ (plus ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Throne of Blood’).
Somerset House, WC2. Aug 14.
The Rooftop Film Club have perfected the art of outdoor cinema in Hoxton and Peckham. Now they’ve expanded their empire west, on to the astroturfed roof of Springbridge Car Park in Ealing Broadway. It’s just opened, so tickets are looking pleasingly gettable. August is divvied into three weeks of themed movies: chick flicks, foreign films and Brit flicks. Take your pick of ‘Grease’, ‘The Notebook’, ‘Untouchable’, ‘City of God’, and our fave ‘Trainspotting’. Springbridge Car Park, W5. Aug 3.
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