Cult Screens launches its summer season of outdoor screenings
- Alex Johnston
- 28 April 2016
Your chance to see Romeo + Juliet in a churchyard, Jaws at a lido and Shawshank Redemption in a prison
You, the night, a movie, and a bottle of wine: what could be better? Someone to share it with, of course. So, you, the night, a movie, a bottle of wine, and a loved one: what else could be better? Why, the open air, naturally. So, to recap: you, the night – look, okay, what you want, clearly, is an outdoor screening, and Cult Screens have the answer.
It's just announced its summer season of outdoor cinema screenings, which feature a selection of movies in choice locations around England. Your choice of seating is a bean bag, including double-sized ones for people who don't mind getting very comfy with each other; a deckchair (not recommended for short people) or a floor cushion, and the programme ranges from recent blockbusters (The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to cult favourites such as Grease, Dirty Dancing, Top Gun, Back To The Future, Pulp Fiction, Mean Girls, The Lost Boys, The Exorcist, Romeo + Juliet, The Notebook, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and Mamma Mia!.
Among the special events this year are a screening of Frank Darabont's imperishable bromance The Shawshank Redemption at Oxford's Old Prison; Baz Luhrmann's wonderfully feverish William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral; Jaws at Sandford Park Lido; and Reading's Caversham Court Gardens host a full moon screening of (what else) An American Werewolf in London. All screenings have a full bar offering cocktails, crafts beers and a wine selection from Laithwaites, and new to 2016 are local street food stalls as well as fresh popcorn.
Basingstoke – Basing House & Barn Bristol – Clifton College
Cheltenham – Cheltenham Ladies College
Cheltenham – Sandford Parks Lido
Coventry – Cathedral Ruins
Crowthorne – The Secret Garden, Wellington College
Maidenhead – Stubbings Nursery
Newbury – Shaw House
Oxford – Oxford Castle & Old Prison Exercise Yard
Oxford – The Pitt Rivers Museum
Oxford – St Hugh’s College
Reading – Caversham Court Gardens
Rugby – Old Quad, Rugby School
Swindon – Town Gardens Bowl
Twickenham – York House Gardens
Winchester – The Close, Winchester Cathedral
York – Museum Gardens
The Cult Screens summer programme runs from Thu 2 Jun–Sat 10 Sep. Booking is available from the Cult Screens website.