Running out of Furlough night plans? These are the best places for outdoor cinema this summer

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  • Cosy up to cult classics at these beautiful open-air and drive-in cinemas. Summertime sadness? I barely know her!

    It goes without saying that the pandemic has placed some pretty heavy limitations on our social lives. But with hairdressers, pubs and restaurants opening this weekend, it seems we’re edging back to some form of normality (until the potential second lockdown, at least)

    But what about those of us missing the sticky floors and £20 pick ‘n mix of our favourite movie theatres? Well I’m here to tell you that cinema is back – just not quite as we remember it.

    That’s right, all summer long there will be a series of outdoor cinema screenings across the UK.

    Offering up a plethora of recent flicks and cult classics, these drive-in and open-air cinemas are perfect for anyone looking for a new Furlough night activity. They’ll also most definitely expand our dating possibilities beyond the standardized ‘social distance walk?’ Hinge meet-up – halle-freaking-lujah.

    And considering the tight rules around social distancing, there’s a good chance some of these outdoor cinemas will have a BYOS (bring your own snacks) policy. All the benefits of the movies without getting completely ripped off for popcorn? I’m sold.

    So stick on your leather jacket, steal your dad’s cadillac and grab a ticket, because these outdoor cinema screenings will provide enough 1950s James Dean magic to save your turbulent summer. Here are our top picks in the UK:


    With outdoor cinema screenings planned across over 12 UK cities (including Newcastle, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow), @TheDriveIn is embarking on a nationwide tour to bring the magic of drive-in pop-up to every movie buff this summer.

    Films on offer: Jaws, the Toy Story films and Back to the Future (to name a few)

    When? Screenings kick off from 6th July

    Visit the website for more details

    The Rooftop Film Club

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    IT'S OFFICIAL: London's original drive-in cinema is BACK! 🚗🎬 Drive In Film Club returns to the iconic Alexandra Palace in July for all the movie magic you've been missing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's the #DriveInFilmClub experience you already know and love, with a few new procedures to ensure our guests and staff are safe. ♥️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tickets go live on Monday 22nd June over at our website. Watch this space! 👀 . . . . . . . . . . . #RooftopFilmClub #RooftopRomance #OutdoorCinema #RooftopCinema #Cinema #DriveInCinema #DriveIn #Rooftops #RooftopMoments #TimeOutLondon #LondonEvents #DriveInMovies #Views #LondonCinema #LondonExperience #NowShowing #UniqueExperience #Film #Summer #AlexandraPalace #LDN #Peckham #Shoreditch #Stratford #NorthLondon #Love #SouthEastLondon #June #BecauseImALondoner

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    Already famed for its memorable outdoor cinema events, The Rooftop Film Club has reinvented itself as a drive-in to offer a contact-free movie experience, starting from this week.

    Films on offer: 10 Things I Hate About You, Pulp Fiction and Knives Out (to name a few)

    When? Screenings kick off from 4th July

    Visit the website for more details

    The Luna Cinema

    Already adored by outdoor cinema lover’s, this year Luna has expanded their deck chair set-up to accommodate drive-ins in five locations across London, Oxford, the Midlands and Hertfordshire.

    Films on offer: The Goonies, Rocketman and The Devil Wears Prada (to name a few)

    When? Screenings kick off from 4th July

    Visit the website for more details

    Park N Party

    This pop-up drive-in will be at EventCity, a new arts development in central Manchester set to officially open next year.

    Films on offer: Moana, The Invisible Man and Magic Mike (to name a few)

    When? Screenings kick off from 27th June

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    The Free Range Film Club

    Hosting dreamy cinema screenings across London’s best outdoor spaces, the Free Range is featuring a programme of cult classics, feel good faves and indie flicks.

    Films on offer: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Get Out and Little Miss Sunshine (to name a few)

    When? Screenings kick off from 29th July

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    Itison Drive-in Movies

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    🎉🎉🎉Full drive-in line-up and on-sale info 🎉🎉🎉 itison Drive-In Movies Summer (of Lockdown) is here. This summer, Scotland’s original & best drive-in is back at the stunning Loch Lomond Shores 29th July – 4th August with a line-up of 80s & 90s feelgood favourites, end of the world blockbusters, and musicals to sing your heart out to, all served up socially-distanced with the best street food, our famous car-aoke and more. Last year’s drive-in sold out in minutes, so set your alarms for 10am on Tuesday and get to ⏰ 🍿 The movies 🍿 💃 Musicals to sing along to🕺 Mamma Mia! The Rocky Horror Picture Show Dirty Dancing 👨‍🎤 80s & 90s classics to make you feel good 📟 Jurassic Park Mrs Doubtfire E.T. The Goonies Back to the Future Back to the Future II Back to the Future III Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Groundhog Day Stand by Me 💥 End of the world blockbusters 🧟 Independence Day Armageddon The Incredibles The Matrix 28 Days Later Joker

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    Located at the beautiful Loch Lomond Shores, Itison is Scotland’s original drive-in and its most popular. With last years screenings’ selling out within minutes, we recommend that you keep an eye out for ticket release this year to avoid disappointment.

    Films on offer: Mrs Doubtfire, Stand by Me and The Matrix (to name a few)

    When? Screenings kick off from 29th July

    Visit the website for more detail

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