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The Last Picture Show: Luna Cinema’s Open Air Theatre

By Anjida Sripongworakul

Wednesday 14 June 2017 Student journalists

This summer, why stay in for home entertainment when you can relive cinematic moments at night, under the stars?

Luna Cinemas offer the best of open air cinematic experience. Revisit Newt Scamander and pals on their New York misadventures in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, hear Jennifer Hudson at her Effie White best in Dream Girls, revisit the mysterious Amity Island in Jaws, with a stopover in Los Angeles to tap-dance with La La Land’s Sebastian and Mia. Take the trips down cinematic memory lanes through the cinemas’ state-of-the-art screens, digital projectors, and sound equipment, the equivalent of an exclusive cinema quality pictureshow.

Luna Cinemas’ locations are scattered throughout London, Essex, Norfolk, and St Albans, including even some castles and palaces! You may find Dreamgirls showing at Victoria Embankment Gardens, Mean Girls at Crystal Palace Park, Groundhog Day at Greenwich Park, Mamma Mia at Tombridge Castle, and La La Land at Hampton Court Palace.

The Cinema’s Estrella bar has a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to compliment your evening, and the catering partner Sicilia Roots to provide you with Sicilian-inspired street food, such as gourmet pizzas and burgers. Starting at £9.50, you can buy street food from rice balls, pork bun, chicken burgers, to salad wraps. Pizzeria prices vary from £9.50 to £16, from the simplest Margherita (Tomato and Mozzarella) to the Luna Cinema Special (Caramelised onions, Sun-dried Tomato, Bacon, Sicilian sausage and Buffalo Mozzarella).

Films are a special treat, deserved to be seen on the big screen. Why not take advantage of the summer weather, cozy up in blankets and indulge in an evening unlike one you’ve ever had before in watching a film unfold? An outdoor cinematic experience will have you seeing films, its characters, hear their voices, feel their stories, and lose yourself in the scores in whole new ways, against the backdrop of Greater London’s picturesque venues. I promise you your experiences of viewing each of these films would never be the same again.

Personally I plan to attend a screening myself for the experience. To break free from the same old routine of watching films within a cinema’s projector room and witness cinematic moments while feeling the summer chill in the air and hearing fellow audiences laugh and cry, all out in the open space.

Ticket prices vary by venue. Please check and book your tickets via the Luna Cinema website before you head off on your journey.


 

Anjida Sri

I'm a Management Science (Decision Science Stream) Master's candidate at London School of Economics and Political Science. Originally from Thailand, I'm as passionate about the science, psychology, and statistics behind decision making as I am about film and writing. I enjoy opportunities to combine my passions in reviewing, discussing, and analysing films. My major influences include the New Yorker's James Wood, classic Russian literature, and Richard Siken's poetry. I've written film reviews, celebrity profiles, and news and technology coverage for my undergraduate engineering newspaper, the University of Waterloo's Iron Warrior. I'm also a guest blogger and Student Blog Editor for LSE's Department of Management. I believe pop culture, current affairs, and critical, world-changing ideas are integral to student lifestyle, and I'm committed to representing students' reality outside the classroom to society and the world. I hope to continue investigating this theme through NUS' platform for student voices.