Film reviews are on their summer vacation, so I’m going to take a look at the very best film events London has to offer. Even if the weather doesn’t hold firm, these all provide a very memorable night out in the capital… but don’t delay – they will sell out fast!
BACKYARD CINEMA: ROMEO + JULIET – https://www.backyardcinema.co.uk/
Credit: 20th Century Fox – Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann’s classic is a mainstay for most outdoor film events but this special indoors event by Backyard Cinema looks to be unforgettable experience. Sold out whenever it’s been performed before, William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet will now have a limited run in the gorgeous surroundings of the Union Chapel in Islington. The venue is outstanding and perfectly captures the ambiance of the film, which stars Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio. A choir will be present to perform some of the key tracks from the movie too including ‘Kissing You’ and ‘Everybody’s Free’.
THE LUNA CINEMA – http://www.thelunacinema.com/
Credit: 20th Century Fox – The Greatest Showman
The premiere outdoor event returns for a new season and boasts the most impressive roster of venues you’ll find. Experiencing The Luna Cinema in such unique surroundings as The Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre, One New Change, Kensington Palace and Pinewood Studios is simply stunning. The staff are always super-friendly too which helps. Added extras include their premium ticket range that grants you special experiences at selected screenings (such as watching Oscar winner The Shape of Water in a rubber dingy at the gorgeous Brockwell Lido). Public-vote screenings are held across the season and their entire line-up marries classic and modern cinema very well – favourites like Dirty Dancing, Grease and Casablanca are mixed with modern greats like The Greatest Showman, Paddington 2 and Get Out for an unforgettable summer experience.
THE ROOFTOP FILM CLUB – http://www.rooftopfilmclub.com/
Credit: Warner Bros – Ready Player One
One of the brightest sparks on the circuit for both atmosphere and event organisation, The Rooftop Film Club possesses a near faultless line-up. It has three set locations conveniently spread across the capital… The Queen of Hoxton utilises its hipster-chic to full effect and The Bussey Building in Peckham gives you a wonderful cityscape to marvel at. Roof East in Stratford is a purpose built area that overlooks Westfield and takes in the sights of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Then there’s the ultra-rare screenings that pop up sporadically at The Kensington Roof Gardens – a stunning haven of bliss coupled with amazing food from their world famous BBQ. The film line-up is amazing too – don’t miss seminal 90’s classics like Clueless, Dazed & Confused and Empire Records along with modern greats like Isle of Dogs and Ready Player One this summer.
THE NOMAD CINEMA – http://www.whereisthenomad.com/
Credit: 20th Century Fox – The Shape of Water
The most socially-conscious event on the outdoor film circuit, 100% of The Nomad Cinema’s profits go to their chosen charity, The Sustainability Institute in South Africa. Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Some Like It Hot, The Shape of Water, Four Weddings & a Funeral, Lady Bird and Black Panther are just some of the gems that feature in their eclectic line-up. Venues include Citypoint, Paddington Street Gardens and Hyde Park Lido but surely the biggest highlight of the season has to be The Bride of Frankenstein at Brompton Cemetery – a truly unique environment to enjoy a classic in.
SECRET CINEMA: ROMEO + JULIET – http://www.secretcinema.org/tickets
Credit: 20th Century Fox – Romeo + Juliet
One of the greatest love stories of all time gets its due credit thanks to a season of spectacular fun from those clever souls at Secret Cinema. Transforming a top-secret location in London into the mesmerising locale of the movie, Secret Cinema: Romeo & Juliet is set to deliver an experience like no other with themed locations based on fair Verona. You can buy two different ticket packages – Young Hearts & Rogues and Nobles & Underbosses. After ground-breaking productions of Back to the Future, The Empire Strikes Back and Blade Runner, expect another spectacular event. More dates have been added but are disappearing fast.
FILM4 SUMMER SCREEN – http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/film/film4-summer-screen-2014
Credit: Warner Bros – The Wizard of Oz
The old faithful returns for another residency at the lush surroundings of Somerset House in August. Inception will be joined by the likes of Carol, Blue Velvet, Call Me By Your Name, Selma, Sleeping Beauty, 20 Feet From Stardom and Rebecca for 2018. Their now-infamous double bills also continue with Total Recall & A Nightmare on Elm Street and Labyrinth &The Wizard of Oz just some of the movie on show. Glenn Close will also be in attendance for the UK premiere of the opening night film The Wife, alongside director Björn Runge.
POP-UP SCREENS – http://www.popupscreens.co.uk/
Credit: Lionsgate – Dirty Dancing
Utilising spaces like Greenwich, Crouch End, Hammersmith, Kingston, Fulham (and a whole host more), Pop-Up Screens returns for their most diverse line-up to date. Movies like The Breakfast Club, Notting Hill, 10 Things I Hate About You, Dirty Dancing, Cool Runnings and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off are joined by relatively new titles to the open-air film calendar like Get Out, (500) Days of Summer, The Greatest Showman and Beauty and the Beast.