5 pop-up outdoor cinemas you won’t want to miss
As well as David Bowie in goblin king mode, my other weird teen crush was Roy Scheider. Well not R- Shy, but Chief Brody – sunglass-wearing-fish-out-of-water-badass-shark-catcher (in 70’s tennis shorts) ooh la la, where am I going with this? Oh yes – date night. Mr MC and I took in a popup open air screening of fishy horror fave Jaws at Tinside Lido in Plymouth last night. It was brilliant – the sounds and smells of the sea really adding to the jaw-dropping (sorry) jump scares. Tickets sold out in minutes so lucky for us they tacked on another screening to cope with demand.
We had such a great time (the blanket and fizz definitely added to the ambience) that I had a nose around and found other al fresco screenings in our county over the summer. So if your game, get your deckchairs and picnic rugs at the ready (and hat, brolly, hipflask etc) and head down to one of these open air pop-ups.
King Harry Ferry, Fal River Tues 9 Aug
Something of a regular event, the Ferry is transformed into a floating stage. Light refreshments on board from the Thirstea Company as the ferry is floated to the middle of the river for the film to begin.
Parking is available at Trelissick Garden with foot access down the road to the ferry. The ferry will depart the Philleigh side at 9.30pm and the Feock side at 9.40pm. As with all these outdoor shows, wrap up warm and wear weather appropriate clothes. You’ll need to bring your own seat.
This screening is of Perfect Storm (12) – Based on a true story, the film tells of the courageous men and women who risk their lives every working day, pitting their fishing boats and rescue vessels against the capricious forces of nature. Their worst fears are realized at sea on Halloween of 1991, when they are confronted by three raging weather fronts which unexpectedly collide to produce the greatest, fiercest storm in modern history – the Perfect Storm.
Mount Edgecumbe Country Park, Rame Fri 19 and Sat 20 Aug
Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, the organisers of the Lido pop up (Plymouth Arts Centre) are bringing Bridesmaids and Star Wars to Mount Edgcumbe. Seating is on the Italian lawn in front of the Orangery. To protect the grass, they won’t allow chairs so you’ll need to bring a blanket to sit on.
The films will start between 9.30-10pm as soon as light levels drop enough.
Fri 19 Aug – Bridesmaids (15)
Annie (Kristen Wiig) is a single woman whose own life is a mess, but when she learns that her lifelong best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), is engaged, she has no choice but to serve as the maid of honor. Though lovelorn and almost penniless, Annie, nevertheless, winds her way through the strange and expensive rituals associated with her job as the bride’s go-to gal.
Sat 20 Aug – Star wars: The force awakens (12a)
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights.
Tickets haven’t been released yet, but are sure to sell out as soon as they are, so check www.plymouthartscentre.org regularly, or contact the Plymouth Arts Centre box office 01752 206114.
Tickets TBC 8pm, Mount Edgcumbe, Cremyll, PL10 1HZ
Carlyon Bay, St Austell Fri 19 – Sun 21 Aug
Three nights of sea themed movies for you on the beach at Carlyon Bay, kicking off with the captain – Jack, that is. Cinema style food and drinks available to purchase on the night.
Fri 19 Aug – Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (12a)
Capt. Jack Sparrow (needs no introduction) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor’s daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who’s in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates. This on would be great one to bring kids too – the film is familiar, and they can nod-off in the car on the way home.
Sat 20 Aug – Jaws (12a)
The story of a small American seaside town terrorised by a great white shark. Police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Shark expert Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.
Sun 21 Aug – Point Break (1991) (15)
Keanu Reeves stars as rookie FBI agent Johnny Utah, who is investigating a string of bank robberies possibly being committed by surfers. Johnny goes undercover to infiltrate the surfing community and develops a complex friendship with Bodhi (Patrick Swayze), the charismatic leader of a gang of surfers.
£6-10, 8:30pm Carlyon Bay, St Austell, PL25 3RG
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance Tues 30 Aug
Muddy indie theatre finalist Penlee Park in Penzance, is throwing open their outdoor space for a film night on Tuesday 30 August.
Brown Willy (15) – Dubbed the Cornish Withnail and I on a stag do. On Bodmin Moor. Brown Willy is a beautifully shot comedy drama about friendship against the odds, that shows one of Cornwall’s most stunning areas in all its brutal majesty.
Hot curry available during the interval. Seriously – bring a blanket and whatever you need to keep you cosy.
£8, 8:30pm Penlee Park Theatre, Morrab Road Penzance, TR18 4HE
Headland Hotel, Newquay Sun 25 Sept
The Headland Hotel (famous itself for its star role in Roald Dahl’s The Witches), is hosting another outdoor film night in September, showing Dirty Dancing (15).
Baby (Jennifer Grey) is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she’s disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort’s dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby’s father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she’s determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.
The film will start at 7:30pm or as soon as light levels are low enough. Food wise, there’s a hog roast, soup option, popcorn and a fully stocked bar. Tickets don’t include a deckchair – so either bring your own, or hire one from the hotel – £5 for two. No parking at the hotel, but half a km at fistral beach, there’s a public carpark.
£15, 7:30pm Headland Hotel, Newquay, TR7 1EW T: 01637 872211.