The team are, unsurprisingly, well versed with the latest film releases — if you’re wondering if a new movie is worth the cinema trip, or perhaps you’re wondering where to watch a film that has just landed on a streaming service, we’ve got you covered.


But did you know we can tell you the best ways to experience movies, too? From our luxury cinema experiences piece to our guide on how to get cheap cinema tickets, us cinephiles are never short of ideas.

In this guide, we’re sharing with you the best outdoor cinema experiences to try across the UK. An outdoor cinema features a movie projector, scaffolded screen construction or inflatable movie screen, and a state-of-the-art sound system, so you can hear your favourite movie above the hubbub; some outdoor cinema experiences even provide you with wireless earphones.

Outdoor cinemas date back to as early as the turn of the 20th century, with Syntagma Square in Athens projecting films outdoors and in cafés. In 1916, outdoor cinemas landed in Berlin, and during the 1920s, New York began sporting rooftop theatres. So, if you visit a cinema experience this month, you’re actually participating in a slice of history...

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Moonbeamers drive-in Cinema | Essex

People in cars watching Back to the Future
Moonbeamers Cinema experience via Buyagift. Buyagift

Who said outdoor cinemas have to be reserved for summertime? The Moonbeamers Cinema in Essex has films showing from September 2024 until March 2025 and, best of all, it’s a drive-in cinema, so you won’t have to worry about getting wet or cold.

Whether you like indie flicks, blockbuster hits, or even a musical (seeing as the team likes to rhyme so much…), the Moonbeamers Cinema has you covered. The outdoor cinema works by projecting the film on the 28-foot outdoor screen, and transmitting the audio through your car’s FM radio. Plus, food and drinks are available throughout the film, and will be delivered straight to your car — convenient, right?

Buy Drive In Cinema for Four at Moonbeamers Cinema tickets for £38.70 at Buyagift

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Adventure Cinema | UK wide

People watching a film at an outdoor cinema
Adventure Cinema via Buyagift. Buyagift

While a lot of these cinema experiences are confined to a particular location, Adventure Cinema has pop-up open-air theatres in 66 places UK-wide, from Chesterfield and Stockport to Charlton and Salisbury. One of the things we like about Buyagift is that all of its vouchers are fully flexible and can be redeemed against a huge range of cinema experiences, and this particular voucher is valid for four people.

With films on offer such as Grease, Pretty Woman, West Side Story and Dirty Dancing, there's sure to be a movie that will appeal to the whole family. Just remember to pack a picnic and suitable outdoor clothes, and you're good to go!

Buy Standard Ticket for Four People to Adventure Cinema Outdoor Cinema for £58 at Buyagift

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Rooftop Film Club | London

Rooftop Film Club in Peckham
Rooftop Film Club in Peckham's Bussey Building. Rooftop Film Club

With locations in Peckham and Stratford, the Rooftop Film Club offers an outdoor cinema experience to London locals and those visiting the capital city. At any Rooftop Film Club, you should expect comfy deck chairs to sit on, state-of-the-art wireless earphones to listen to the film with, a range of food and drink options, as well as cult classics, new releases, and family-favourite films to sink your teeth into.

Just a few of our favourite films that we spotted when browsing through the eclectic Rooftop Film Club itinerary are Saltburn, romantic comedy Anyone But You, Call Me By Your Name, and Gladiator — just in time for Gladiator 2 starring Paul Mescal.

Plus, fans of Charli XCX will know that it's well and truly a Brat summer, and you can be sure that the Rooftop Film Club has got this memo, too. The open air cinema has an exciting Charli XCX Brat-themed movie line-up and a brilliant green cocktail to compliment it.

Buy Rooftop Film Club tickets from £5.95 at Rooftop Film Club

Looking to make a Rooftop Film Club experience even more special? Indytute has you covered. The experience gift site is offering a movie of your choice with prosecco for two and a movie of your choice with unlimited popcorn for two. Still at the same magical rooftop location in London, these additional food and drinks options are sure to please your fellow cinema goer.

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Baggy Point Outdoor Cinema | Croyde

Crowds run out of the water in a scene from the film 'Jaws', 1975
Jaws. Universal/Getty Images

Residents of Amity Island are enjoying a long hot summer when a killer shark strikes fear into the beach community. It's up to a marine biologist and a seafarer to hunt the shark down, but in this battle of man vs nature, who will come out on top?

Just like the Amity Island locals, enjoy a long hot summer (without the shark attacks) by watching the Steven Spielberg-directed classic Jaws at the Baggy Point National Trust car park in Croyde.

Buy Baggy Point Outdoor Cinema tickets from £9.35 at See Tickets

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Barbican Outdoor Cinema | London

The Barbican pond
Barbican. Jchambers via Getty Images

From Wednesday 21st August to Sunday 1st September, you can enjoy movies on the phenomenal outdoor cinema screen at the Barbican. Situated in East London, the Barbican is an estate and a centre, the Barbican Centre is a multi-cultural arts and exhibition location which offers art, cinema, theatre, and dance.

The Barbican also has a pop-up outdoor cinema which is there for the summer months. You can experience films like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, An American in Paris starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Boy and the Heron from Hayao Miyazaki, and many more.

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Moonlight Flicks Open Air Cinema | Chester

Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Patricia Quinn as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Richard O’Brien as Riff Raff, Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter and Patricia Quinn as Magenta in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 20th Century Fox

Storyhouse has brought cinematic experiences to open air venues across Chester for 10 years now, visiting everywhere from the Roman Gardens to Chester Cathedral, and now, Moonlight Flicks Open Air Cinema is settling in Grosvenor Park for the summer.

At this outdoor cinema experience, you'll settle into a comfortable deckchair and listen to your chosen movie with surround sound via headphones. Worried you'll get hungry or thirsty? There's wood-fired pizzas and frozen cocktails on hand to solve that.

Now, what movie will you pick? Moonlight Flicks Open Air Cinema has films on offer such as '90s favourites like Pulp Fiction to cult classics such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, as well as catchy musicals like everybody's favourite Mamma Mia!, and romantic comedies such as the newly-released Anyone But You.

Buy Moonlight Flicks Open Air Cinema tickets from £5 at Storyhouse

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The Alfresco Film Company | UK wide

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Would you like to watch your favourite movie — whether that be Four Weddings and a Funeral Raiders of the Lost Ark, or Barbie — underneath the stars? You've certainly come to the right place. The Alfresco Film Company shows films underneath the stars at beautiful locations in UK towns and regions such as Cheltenham, Wiltshire, Cotswolds, and Cirencester.

With movies showing from this month (July) until September 2024, there's plenty of time to gather your loved ones and experience an outdoor cinematic experience.

Buy The Alfresco Film Company tickets from £10 at Alfresco Film

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