Never is British optimism more on display in the modern world than when you book to go to an outdoor cinema months in advance. Come rain, drizzle or beautiful sunshine, these al fresco film nights will go ahead and by god, they will be beautiful.
Sure, we might not have the Greased Lightning car to complete the drive-in experience, and we might not be able to go to this one in Australia where they have actual literal beds for you to lie on (this is the sort of thing you can do when you don’t have to worry it’s going to rain), but the UK still has an amazing selection of outdoor cinemas that you can visit this summer. Pack a brolly and enjoy.
This rooftop cinema looks like it should only exist on Pinterest, but the geniuses at the Rooftop Film Club have bought it to life in Peckham, south London. If you wanna go, you better get booking ASAP because tickets sell out fast. Obviously.
Some people think fancy schools are for learning, but maybe they’re really just beautiful backdrops for outdoor cinemas. We are lusting over this one that Cult Screens hosted at Cheltenham Ladies College.
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This one with Nomad Cinema in Marylebone Village is an Instagram dream, complete with festoon lights and stripy deck chairs.
This truly is a setting fit for a king – or at least an Earl. The outdoor cinema at Blenheim Palace by the Luna Cinema is majestic.
This one at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (also Luna Cinema) looks so beautiful you’re probably best off going to watch a film you’ve already seen before – because you’re bound to spend a lot of time just staring at the surroundings. Also, trying to get a good photo.
Holy moly – this is so freaking beautiful. Cult Screens have an outdoor cinema in the ruins of Coventry Cathedral and we would like to go please and thank you.
If you’re looking for something that will make a bit of a splash look no further than Brockwell Lido in south London, where this summer the Luna Cinema is holding screenings of Jaws (obvs), Splash (also obvs) and The Graduate (less obvs but still great).
And finally, the Moonlight Drive In Cinema in Kent looks fun if you want to go proper old school. Although we don’t think we’re the only ones that wish it was full of retro cars instead of Fiats.
Ps. If you want to have the outdoor cinema experience without leaving your house, keep an eye out for this week’s bettybuy on Saturday. We gotcha back.
Image: Rooftop Film Club