Five top picks for outdoor summer cinema

With love island come to an end we are at a loss of what to do with our evenings! Sticking to the screen and making the most of the summer here at Orchid we are thinking about the ever popular outdoor cinemas!

Most come in around £15 per person so are positively worth the experience with some even offering group discounts.

Films this year include Grease for a Saturday singing along with Sandy, and a bit of Dirty Dancing is sure to put you in the mood for a night on the tiles afterwards. We can all dream but please don’t expect any men to move like Swayze!

Get the popcorn at the ready, here are our top picks for the summer season:



  1. Luna Cinema

Hosting a series of screenings all across the UK. Here are just some of the locations we think would be perfect to enjoy one of the classics under the stars.

Where and When: 

Edinburgh – Appreciate al fresco cinema from the 17th century Royal Botanic Garden Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September

Cardiff – Head to the castle with three nights of classics that run from Friday 15th September.

Bath – Bring the blankets to the famous historic site; The Royal Crescent for these early autumn screenings; Friday 6th October to Sunday 8th October

Tips: Fancy getting a prime position, avoiding queues and a complimentary drink at the bar; they offer premium tickets for those film buffs who want to be in the director’s chair.

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  1. Cult Screens

Setting up open-air cinema’s in unusual locations from Zoo’s and Lido’s! Get comfy on a deckchair or beanbag, pop open the prosecco and popcorn. Oscar winning musical La La Land is screening which is certainly worth a watch.

Where and when:

Bristol – If you are gracing Bristol on bank holiday weekend Cult Screens are setting up in Clifton Zoo Gardens from Wednesday 23rd August to Sunday 27th August

Birmingham  – In the Botanical Gardens from 14th September to 16th September

Cheltenham –Various dates at Sudeley Castle and Sandford Parks Lido from August to September.

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  1. Rooftop Film Club London

When and Where:

With venues in Shoreditch, Peckham and Kensington you will be spoilt for choice.

Screenings for the sky-high cinemas run right up until 18th September so plenty of time to visit. The personal office favourite being Romeo & Juliet Romance on Saturday 20th August. We can’t get enough of Leo and the unlimited popcorn!

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  1. City Cruises Cinema on the River

When and Where:

Sail up the Thames after sun set watching the Oscar winning Moonlight being projected on the boats open-top deck. It’s London’s first cinema on the river. There is just one screening left so you better hurry it starts from Tower Pier on Saturday 12th August.

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  1. Somerset House London

When and Where:

The list wouldn’t be complete without Film 4 summer screen at Somerset House. Boastings London’s largest outdoor screen they have 14 nights of handpicked premieres, contemporary, cult and classic films.

Tips: Make sure you pre-order your luxury picnic hamper with prosecco.

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