Be it on the roof of a pub, or the grounds of a cemetery, outdoor film screens are cropping up in increasingly bizarre places. But don’t just clamour for novelty while ignoring the classic outdoor venues – each ‘theatre’ offers a unique experience. Here, ?TNT picks some of the best.
Drift into short-film heaven with The Floating Cinema. The water-based picture house is navigating the canals of Olympic host boroughs in the east, along the River Lea. Take a picnic and get aboard the barge.
» Various times and locations.
Until September 18.
Bookings not required.
The drive-in movie experience
Replicating the trappings of an all-American drive-in, this Essex cinema simply requires you to turn up in your ?car and tune your radio to the site’s frequency. July’s line-up includes Shrek, Dirty Dancing, Up and Moulin Rouge.?» North Weald Airfield, 34 Lancaster Rd, North Weald Bassett, Essex, Epping CM16 6HR.
Fri-Sun site opens 6.30pm, screening 8.30pm.
Midsummer night screen
Perched atop a roof in East London, this outdoor cinema includes a bar serves themed cocktails, and a Turkish barbecue. Dark comedy The Virgin Suicides will be showing, preceded by an independent short film.
?» Dalston Roof Garden, 18 Ashwin St, ?E8 3DL
Tbe: Dalston Junction.
Jul 22 ?6.30pm-11pm.
£6, adv £5.
Folly for a flyover
Transforming the cavernous undercroft where the motorway crosses the Lea Navigational Canal, Folly ?for a Flyover is hosting a programme of waterside cinema, including Flash Gordon, Toy Story and Wizard of OZ.
?» Under the A12 Flyover, E9 5HW
Tube: Hackney Wick.
Until Jul 31. 8.30pm £4.
Tickets on sale Thursday one week ?before, at 11am.
The Nunhead film festival
A classic film, chosen by an online poll, will be projected onto a large screen in the heart of a Victorian cemetery, so you can watch a flick among the ghosts of some ?of the most eminent citizens of the gothic era. Vote to see either The Third Man, ?The Ladykillers or Harold and Maude.
?» Nunhead Cemetery, Linden Grove, SE15 3LW
Rail: Nunhead Rail. Sep 9, 8pm.
Nomad pop-up cinema
This roaming film event has perfected ?the art of cinema al fresco. Nomad ?pops up in places such as Kensington Gardens, Greenwich and Battersea Park, attracting wide-eyed audiences across the capital. Films including Fargo, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Thelma And Louise will be enhanced by theatre, music and dress-up.
?» Various locations until Aug 15. ?
Most screenings 9.15pm.
One of the capital’s most popular outdoor film events takes place ?in the stunning neo-classical courtyard of Somerset House. Among a host of films on the bill is the premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s ?lauded new thriller, The Skin I Live In. ?For an extra cost, Behind The Screen provides the chance to watch directors’ talks one hour before the films. This includes a drink and and an exclusive ?seat for the film.
?» Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 1LA ?
Tube: Temple. July 27 to Aug 7. Screenings 9.15 pm
£14.50 + bf; double bills, triple ?bills and opening night £18. Behind The Screen £10 + bf.
Cinema under the stars
The Duke of Northumberland offers his country estate for the viewing pleasure ?of the masses, with four nights of classic film screenings. In the historic gardens ?of Syon Park, catch Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, The King’s ?Speech and It’s Complicated.
?» Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JG
Rail: Brentford Rail. August 18-21.
£10. Screenings 9pm.
English Heritage viewing?
This magnificent neo-palladian ?villa, set in historic gardens, is hosting ?a double bill feautring Grease and Bridget ?Jones’s Diary.
?» Chiswick House, Chiswick House Grounds, London, Middlesex W4 2RP. ?
September 7 and 8. ?
Time and cost TBC.
?Queen of Hoxton ?Rooftop Cinema
The Rooftop Film Club will host classic, cult and recent films five nights a week. Tuesday is reserved for chick flicks, but there’s also a Wayne’s World double-header and, for foreign film buffs, the 1967 French classic Belle de Jour.
?» The Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, City of London, EC2A 3JX
Tube: Shoreditch High Street.
Until September. £9 + bf.
Grease at Dulwich ?Picture Gallery
Don’t just turn up to watch Grease. Deck yourself out in 1950s garb to win a prize. There will even be dancing lessons before the movie to help you along. Grease lightening, go grease lightening!
?» Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich SE21 7AD
Rail: West Dulwich Rail. £6 Aug 29. 8pm.