Thursday, 13 December 2018

Punters like it hot indeed for open air cinema screenings

JUST four weeks ago the idea of taking part in an American-style outdoor cinema experience (admittedly without the car) seemed

JUST four weeks ago the idea of taking part in an American-style outdoor cinema experience (admittedly without the car) seemed bone-chillingly ludicrous.

But luckily, the Regal Picturehouse’s first foray into outdoor screenings this weekend happens to coincide with a forecast for yet more balmy evenings.

On Friday night Mill Meadows will be transformed with a pop-up screen where you can watch a classic movie under the stars.

The weekend kicks off with Jaws on Friday night. On Saturday night the cult Eighties hit The Breakfast Club will be shown, and on Sunday the weekend rounds off with Some Like It Hot.

Customers can watch in comfort from a “bum-box” which are available for £3.50. Refreshments will be available from Henley Piazza Café, and the cinema’s own pop-up bar will be serving alcoholic and soft drinks. Each evening entry to the screen opens at 7.30pm, and films start at 9pm. Tickets are £9 adults, £8 students and £7 members. For more information visit www. picturehouses.co.uk

Meanwhile in Caversham, Cult Screens returns with its four-week summer season of films in the grounds of the Grade II listed gardens of Caversham Court on July 31. The independent outdoor screen company opened at a new venue earlier this summer — on the roof of the former prison in Oxford, the Malmaison — and managing director Phil Cottle says the events were a sell-out.

In Caversham the screen is back with a series of classics, starting with Stand By Me on Wednesday, July 31.

The season continues through August with titles such as Life Of Pi, Withnail & I, ET and Django Unchained.

The films will be shown in full HD, and there will be a cocktail bar run by Milk and a hotdog stall selling sausages courtesy of The Sausage Man Of Borough Market.

Seating choices are classic Southsea deckchairs, or a more luxurious single or double bean bag which come complete with blanket. Tickets start at £12 adults and £8.50 for under 16s. For more information or to book go to www.cultscreens.co.uk

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