Discover the Open-Air Cinemas of Oxfordshire in 2018

From drive-in movies to more traditional brick and mortar cinemas, the world loves to experience escapism via the silver screen.

Even though British weather can be temperamental, if you love film then an open-air experience needs to be on your list of things to do in Oxfordshire this year.


A Brief History of Outdoor Cinema

 It might be surprising to learn that open-air cinema is over a hundred years old. Invented in the same decade as aeroplanes and automobiles, the resurgence of outdoor screenings occurred due to the invention of inflatable movie screens. Given their convenience – they are lightweight and portable – any location can become a cinema. Nowadays people can even turn their back garden into a mini theatre!


As people’s desire to spend more time outdoors has changed, the open-air setting also allows for interaction with the film in interesting and unexpected ways. HD and HDMI technology are now available to the masses – not only can you enjoy the great outdoors and impressive scenery, you will seldom compromise on sound and visual quality.

A fun fact before we share Oxfordshire’s screenings; the oldest operating outdoor cinema in the world is Sun Pictures. Located in Australia, they even have a Guinness World Record!


Cult Screens

 Cult Screens will be hosting a range of movies in Oxfordshire this year, and there will be no short supply of craft beers, wines, cocktails and fresh popcorn. Boasting fantastic food and high definition projection, these giant screens will feature superb audio and offer a truly unique cinematic experience. Natural History & Pitt Rivers Museums will host Cult Screens throughout August including Jaws, The Greatest Showman and Top Gun. Here you can take a seat within the prestigious University of Oxford’s grounds and be transported to cinematic bliss.


During September, Oxford Castle Quarter will see The Shape of Water, Notting Hill, The Shawshank Redemption and Paddington 2 on the big screen. You can enjoy the showings in the eclectic Old Prison Exercise Yard.

From general entry to deckchairs and bean bags, tickets start from £13.95 for adults, £9.50 for 9 to 17-year olds. You can find out more here.


The Luna Cinema at Blenheim

The Luna Cinema returns to Blenheim Palace this August for another foray into mystery and escapism. They claim that open-air cinema is now a “staple of the British summertime” and we have to agree! Whether you bring your own food or sample some of the delights on offer, there will be plenty to choose from and a full bar on site. Take your seat on the South Lawn at Blenheim and watch either Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Greatest Showman or Darkest Hour. Whether you choose to sit on the grass, on a blanket, on a deckchair or even in a director’s chair, you’ll thoroughly enjoy this unique experience. General admission is £16.50 for adults, £12.00 for 3 to 15-year olds.


Now that you know what’s on in Oxfordshire’s outdoor cinemas, why not make a break of it and stay the night at our hotel? We’re conveniently located and currently rolling out a thorough refurbishment, meaning quality and value during your stay.

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