Film in the City returns: free outdoor cinema coming to Edinburgh

Film in the City returns: free outdoor cinema coming to Edinburgh

L-R: Susanne Akselsen (Mamamia); James Fogarty (Step Up); Michelle Howard (Dirty Dancing) / credit: Jon Savage

Grassmarket and St Andrew Square to host interactive, family-friendly screenings in June

Free outdoor cinema is coming to the heart of city in June, thanks to a partnership between This is Edinburgh and Edinburgh International Film Festival. And in case that didn’t sink in the first time, yes, we really did say free.

Screenings take place in the Grassmarket and St Andrew Square, with the former hosting an opening weekend Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 June of high-kicking, quick steppin’, dance-along films including family favourites such as Mary Poppins, Dirty Dancing and Mamma Mia. Bring your comfy shoes, because audience participation is positively encouraged.

The following weekend the screen moves to St Andrew Square Garden for a mix of cult classics, cinematic gems and recent blockbusters. Kicking of Friday 12 June with as good a triple bill as you’ll find anywhere: Flash Gordon, Guardians of Galaxy (dance off, bro!) and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Also playing over the Saturday and Sunday at St Andrew Square, where screenings start before lunch, is Brave, Life of Pi, Ghost, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Princess Bride. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, all you need is a blanket, snacks and, with a bit of luck, sun cream.

This is the fourth year This is Edinburgh has brought outdoor screenings to Edinburgh, and it’s a perfect build up to the 69th EIFF, which gets underway 17 June.

Film in the City screenings and times:

‘Let’s Face the Music and Dance’, Grassmarket, Edinburgh
Saturday 6 June
11.30 Happy Feet
13.50 West Side Story
16.50 Grease 2
19.15 Dirty Dancing

Sunday 7 June
12.00 Mary Poppins
14.50 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
17.00 Step Up
19.15 Mamma Mia

St. Andrew Square Garden, Edinburgh City Centre
Friday 12 June
17.00 Flash Gordon
19.00 Guardians of the Galaxy
21.15 Raiders of the Lost Ark

Saturday 13 June
10.00 Lilo & Stitch
11.45 Brave
13.40 The Sound of Music
16.45 Restless Natives
18.30 Life of Pi
21.00 Ghost

Sunday 14 June
11.00 The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!
12.50 How to Train Your Dragon 2
14.50 Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
16.50 The Princess Bride
18.50 Mean Girls
20.50 Batman

Edinburgh International Film Festival

The oldest continually running film festival in the world, the EIFF draws on its prestige to consistently present abundant programmes of new features, documentaries, retrospectives, shorts, panel discussions and educational workshops, with a few high profile premieres thrown in for good measure.