The UK’s 5 Best Outdoor Cinema Experiences

Crowd at an outdoor cinema event

Outdoor screening. Photo © EyeEmCLOSED

Summer’s here and that means less time stuck inside. But if you’re a huge film fan then that means you’re in a conundrum.

Skip the movies or miss out on the warm evenings?

Luckily for you, that’s a choice you no longer have to make.

These inventive screenings make a night at the cinema a night to remember.

1. Rooftop Film Club: London

Head up to London’s skyline with the Rooftop Film Club, screening cult classics and new releases on the tops of all sorts of buildings around the capital.

With beautiful views and a rare glimpse of hidden parts of the city, these regular events are popular with locals and visitors alike. So make sure you book ahead if you’re planning a London weekend.

The events take place throughout the summer and blankets are provided should the weather prove unpredictable.

Book a room at one of our Travelodge London hotels for a welcome retreat once the credits roll.

2. Drive-In Cimena: Liverpool

Make like an American and turn your car into a portable cinema.

You can tune your radio to the set frequency to hear the sound, and there are plenty of snacks for delivery directly to your car.

Old car on film strip

’50s style optional. Photo © konstantin32

A fun idea for a birthday party, it’s also good value as the fee is paid per car regardless of how many people you squeeze inside. Just remember, you’ll need to be comfortable for up to 2 hours at a time.

And spread the value love by booking into one of our revamped Liverpool Travelodge hotels.

3. Botanic Gardens: Edinburgh

Enjoy the beauty of the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and then settle down for a cult film.

Young people in a cinema

Grab your seats. Photo © kzenon

Every summer the Botanic Gardens screen a series of films as part of the Luna Cinema programme, which brings great films to unusual locations around the UK.

Bring something comfortable to sit on as seats aren’t supplied.

4. Hot Tub Cinema: Manchester

Having made a splash in London, New York and Ibiza, Hot Tub Cinema bring their unique blend of aqua relaxation and classic cinema to the North with their 2015 season in Manchester.

There’s a licensed bar (with to-the-tub service) as well as light snacks like popcorn.

Bring a bikini and a towel, and sit back and relax in your very own hot tub.

5. Sol Cinema: Mobile

Is this the world’s smallest cinema?

Powered entirely by solar energy and seating just 8 adults, the Sol Cinema still gives you the red-carpet treatment with usherette service and popcorn.

The cinema is mobile so it travels to festivals and events around the country. Check their website for the latest listings.