The UK's best open-air cinemas


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If you're looking for a date night with a difference then we've got the perfect solution for you.

What could be more romantic than cosying up with your loved one and watching a film under the stars? But if romance isn't really your thing, we've also got open-air party cinemas, rooftops screens with bars and BBQs and even a family-friendly drive-in.

Here's our pick of the best open-air cinemas across the UK.

Motley Movies

Cardiff's first rooftop cinema launched on May bank holiday weekend with a showing of cult classic Human Traffic. The open-air cinema shows film favourites such as ET and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and customers can sit back and relax with a drink from the garden bar. Food fans can sample the latest trends from Cardiff's growing food scene at the pop-up restaurant.

The crew at Motley have it all covered and even hand out free disposable ponchos if it rains (which is pretty likely in Wales!)

Where: Jacobs Market, Cardiff, Wales

Open: Fridays - Sundays

Price: £12.50 adults


Hot Tub Cinema

What could be more luxurious than watching a brilliant film while basking in the bubbly warmth of a hot tub? Nothing. We agree. Which is why we can't wait for Hot Tub Cinema to announce their open air venues for the summer. The pop-up venture is normally found in East London, but they do visit other places around the UK. They have 20 hot tubs, two screens and waiter service for drinks and snacks! Our swimsuits are packed and we're ready to go.

Where: UK-wide locations to be announced soon

Open: Year round (June - September for open air)

Price: Depends on the venue


The Luna Cinema Club

Set in beautiful locations around the country, Luna Cinema Club is showing some fantastic films this summer. Highlights include: Django Unchained, Romeo & Juliet, Breakfast at Tiffany's and many more, all you have to do is pick your location - and there's plenty of those too. We particularly like the sound of Ascot Racecourse, Kew Gardens, the National Memorial Arboretum and Lulworth Castle. Luna has teamed up with make-up giants Benefit and if you buy a premium ticket, you'll get a director's chair to sit on for the screening, a drink at the bar and a Benefit goody bag.

Where: Various UK locations including Dorset, Staffordshire, Lincoln and London

Open: June - September

Price: Depends on the venue


Route 66 Drive-In

We've all watched American films and longed to go on a date at the drive in - well now you can thanks to Route 66. The US-inspired outdoor cinema shows a range of films at two locations - Manchester and Liverpool. You can order hot food to your car including pizza, chicken wings and burgers and it will be delivered within 50 minutes of the film starting. We think it's the perfect place to take the kids!

Where: Trafford Park, Manchester and Atlantic Park, Liverpool

Open: 7 nights a week

Price: £20 per car (whatever the occupancy)


The Rooftop Film Club

Three beautiful locations in London play host to the all-weather Rooftop Cinema Club - each sitting 100 people. Choose your film then sit back and relax, on your chosen rooftop, in a comfy chair with a blanket and wireless headphones which are all provided by Rooftop HQ. There's a bar, BBQ and entertainment throughout the night which can include DJs, bands, games, dance lessons and sing-a-longs.

Where: Shoreditch, Peckham Rye and Kensington

Open: 5 nights a week (screening dates and times vary across venues)

Price: From £13 + booking fee


Summer Nights Outdoor Film Festival

When it comes to stunning locations, Summer Nights has it covered with 6 stunning heritage backdrops for their outdoor film fest - Kedleston Hall, Calke Abbey, Wollaton Hall, Hardwick Hall, Waddesdon Manor and Belton House. And the listings are pretty good too! There's a good mixture of classic and contemporary films on offer including The Great Gatsby, Gravity, Some Like It Hot and The Wicker Man.

Where: Derbyshire, Buckinghamshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire

Open: July - September

Price: £12 (Groups of 4+ pay £10.50)


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