The best pop up cinemas this summer


When we think of cinemas it is usually in the local multiplex with over salted popcorn on uncomfortable seats. However, watching films in London is getting much better. No longer constrained indoors, more and more people are watching films at pop up events. As the weather is warmer in the summer everyone heads outdoors. Therefore, there is no reason as to why watching a film has to remain indoors. Feel the cool breeze and even have a glass of wine in the hazy and long summer evenings. From hot tubs, food and ghosts there are the most bizarre cinemas in London. Watching a film indoors will never be the same!

Hot Tub Cinema

Watching a film in a hot tub is as far as from conventional as you can get. Film goers will find that the Hot Tub cinema is more than a movie event. Everyone is encouraged to have fun by dressing up, singing and having a drink or two. The Hot Tub Cinema was originally a private party with just one hot tub. This quickly evolved into the first public Hot Tub Cinema on July 7th 2012. This is a popular event which is established in other cities in the UK and overseas in New York and Ibiza.

Drive in Film Club

There is something classically American by watching a film while in the comfort of a car. The Drive in Film Club allows film lovers to watch a variety of films ranging from cult classics like ‘Back To The Future’ and recent films like Oscar award winning ‘Whiplash’.  The event really sticks to theme of American film drive ins with roller skating staff offering a host of  typical cinema snacks including hotdogs, popcorn and soft drinks.

The Prince Charles Cinema

Image Courtesy : Robinpriestley
Image Courtesy : Robinpriestley

Not a pop up cinema or even an open air one, but the Prince Charles Cinema where sing –a-long versions of films are regularly available is well worth the visit during the summer. Situated right next to Leicester Square, the cinema offers classic and contemporary films which include blockbusters as well as indie films. To add to the mystery, it has been said that a ghost haunts the upper levels of the cinema; this includes sightings of strange creatures!

Film 4 Summer Screen  at Somerset House

Each summer, during the 2 weeks of August, the Somerset House provides a lovely setting in the shape of the courtyard. The surround sound and the state of the art screen makes for a fantastic cinematic experience that cannot be recreated in a normal cinema. Film goers can bring a picnic and a bottle wine for a truly relaxing evening watching a film on the big screen. To make it even more special, DJs create a soundtrack inspired by the film and in some cases selected screens can be introduced by the director of the film.

Luna Cinema

Luna Cinema offers pop up screens in a range of locations around London. This has included: Tooting Common, Kensington Palace and Kew Gardens.  With the varying films, film lovers will be spoilt of choice with the only real difficulty is finding what venue and film to choose from. The food is far from average with offerings of gourmet nachos and special 3 course dinners at selected venues. This goes beyond the standard dinner and movie combo!

Watching a cult classic in an open air cinema is a lovely way to spend the warm summer evenings in London. To end the perfect evening, this shouldn’t be spoilt by an inadequate hotel. For those looking for hotels in the Paddington London area, a special hotel to stay in would be the Park Grand Paddington Court London. Effortlessly chic and contemporary, the rooms and suites of the hotel offers amenities needed in a modern hotel including free Wi-Fi, plasma TVs and tea and coffee making facilities.