Imagine the magic of celebrating a special birthday or milestone anniversary under the stars at a castle or a palace, watching your favourite film. Well, this summer you are spoilt for choice as a roll-call of top films will mark significant anniversaries of their own as part of The Luna Cinema's open-air screenings at stunning locations across the country.
You can make sure no one tries to put you in a corner on your big day by booking up for Dirty Dancing with a group of girlfriends, as the film celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Or be seduced all over again by classic The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman, which is 50 years old in 2017. And, for "Old times' sake", why not book up for Casablanca as it celebrates its 75-year anniversary and listen again to one of the most romantic lines of movie history, as Humphrey Bogart tells a radiant Ingrid Bergman: "Here’s looking at you, kid." Other huge anniversary screenings in this year's season include The Bodyguard – 25 years old – and the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which can both be seen in the idyllic setting of Regent's Park Open Air Theatre.
A Luna Cinema screening at Warwick Castle
NEW AND OLD
As well as the much-loved classics, this year's season from the country's leading producer of open air cinema events includes some of the big new releases, among them Bridget Jones' Baby and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And we can't help but predict that movie of the moment La La Land will pick up another accolade, as the perfect film to watch on a balmy summer's evening. The locations for this year’' season, which runs from June to October, are both prestigious and jawdropping, including Warwick Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Lulworth Castle in Dorset and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. When we say jaw-dropping, we're not only thinking of the ever-popular screenings of Jaws at South London's Brockwell Lido, where VIP ticket-holders watch the film from dinghies in the water, but the clever pairing of setting and story at several other locations.
There are castles and palaces, and for the first time Westminster Abbey in the heart of London – where Casablanca, Romeo + Juliet and Notting Hill will be showing in August. Or head to the spectacular setting of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, where you can enjoy Pride and Prejudice (2005), where much of the movie was shot and feel like part of the cast. Or take in a screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’' Stone at Alnwick Castle (which stood in for Hogwarts in many exterior shots). Launched in 2008 with a showing of Some Like It Hot at Dulwich Park in South London, The Luna Cinema has become bigger and better with each season. For 2017 it will bring more than 150 screenings to more than 50 outdoor locations around the UK, using two touring screens.
One New Change is one of the iconic venues for The Luna Cinema screenings
George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, said: "I'm thrilled to be launching The Luna Cinema 2017, our biggest season to date, with some incredible new venues to add to our existing list of the country's most awe-inspiring backdrops in which to enjoy a classic film under the stars."
Other season highlights include screenings of Breakfast at Tiffany's at Kenwood House, Dreamgirls at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Ghostbusters at Kew Gardens, The Goonies at Kensington Palace, Top Gun at Blenheim Palace and Grease at Cardiff Castle. This is one movie experience where you can go for more than popcorn too. You can take along your own picnics and drinks (why not really get into the spirit of things and theme your picnic too), or take advantage of the tasty hot food for sale and a full bar on site. Also check out the premium tickets, available at all screenings, which include a branded director's chair in prime position in the arena, fasttrack access and a complimentary drink at the Luna Bar. There's no better way to imagine yourself as part of the movie action on your big night out as you watch the stars under the stars – so book your tickets today.
For more information and tickets, visit thelunacinema.com.