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The best outdoor venues and films across the UK at The Luna Cinema this summer

Outdoor cinema is becoming an increasingly popular way to catch the latest film releases and unforgettable classics on the big screen.

The Luna Cinema has been running for a number of years now, but this summer’s line-up is so good and there’s a number of fantastic new venues, so we thought we’d do the hard work and pick out the best films and locations on offer.

From May to September, film-lovers up and down the country can pick from over 175 outdoor cinema screenings in some of the UK’s most prestigious and historically important sites.  Luna audiences get to enjoy films set to the backdrop of the stunning grounds of places such as Warwick Castle, Kensington Palace, Chatsworth House, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Hampton Court Palace, Leeds Castle, Westminster Abbey and Cardiff Castle.

Mary Poppins at Lincoln Castle

Mary Poppins is screened at Lincoln Castle

New sites for 2019 outdoor cinema include the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Thorpe Park in Surrey, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge, Marble Hill inn London and Castle Howard in Yorkshire to name a few.

Cinema-lovers will be thrilled by a fantastic choice of films this summer season, with a selection of the year’s biggest hitters and award winners, including the iconic performance from Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, and the multi-award winning Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Rami Malek.

Drama fans can have a royal time watching The Favourite at the actual location for the film, Hatfield House, and with a number of hit musical extravaganzas, musical lovers will be sure to be belting out the hits from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Greatest Showman, and Mary Poppins Returns.

As well as these fantastic box office hits, The Luna Cinema will also be screening cinematic throwbacks that’ll have you entertained all night long, from Some Like It Hot at Westminster Abbey, and Grease at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, to Pretty Woman at Wandsworth Park and Moulin Rouge! at both Kenwood House and Chiswick House in London.

Bohemian Rhapsody at Stonor Park

Bohemian Rhapsody at Stonor Park

George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, said:“We are hugely excited to be announcing our 2019 season, our biggest year of open-air cinema yet. With the incredible number of great films released in the last 12 months, it’s shaping up to be a really special one.  Following last year’s phenomenal outdoor success with The Greatest Showman, we were hoping for a good crop of musical films and in A Star Is Born, Mary Poppins Returns, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, we got exactly that!”

“We look forward to expanding our children’s outdoor cinema brand ‘Luna Kids Cinema’ this summer, to visiting some incredible new venues far and wide from Yorkshire to Greenwich and to welcoming film fans from across the country for a night of cinema under the stars!”

Other season highlights include screenings of Mary Poppins Returns under the shadow of the Houses of Parliament (the setting for the film’s climax) at Victoria Tower Gardens, The Favourite and The Young Victoria at Kensington Palace (the latter to mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth, at the Palace), Monty Python’s Life of Brian at Cardiff Castle, and the critically acclaimed Stan and Ollie at Opera Holland Park.  Moreover, Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be showing at Knebworth House and Cardiff Castle on the exact sites that Queen played live!

Crazy Rich Asians at Victoria Embankment

Crazy Rich Asians screened at Victoria Embankment

As always, The Luna Cinema audiences are welcome to bring along picnics to screenings. However, all events will have fantastic hot food for sale and a full bar on site, in partnership with headline bar sponsors, Estrella Damm. Premium tickets are available at all screenings, which include a branded director’s chair in prime position in the arena, fast track access and a complimentary drink at the Luna Bar.

To book tickets and for more information visit

Image credits: The Luna Cinema

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