For guests staying at Hillfield Village throughout August there is a great opportunity to spend an evening under the stars watching a classic movie. Having spent the day at Hillfield Village, or on one of the wonderful local beaches, why not spend your evening relaxing outdoors watching a film. Big screens are popping up in parks, gardens – even industrial hangars – across the county in preparation for outdoor cinema nights. There’s a festival feel to these events, when families and friends get together, pack a picnic, a couple of blankets, waterproofs (this is Devon after all) and make a night of it, enjoying pre-show supper à l’herbe before settling in for a screening under the stars.
Here are just some of the forthcoming cinematic adventures that might just tempt guests away from their own exceedingly comfortable home cinemas at Hillfield Village…
Big Screen in the Park
A 10 metre big screen will set up at Northernhay Gardens in Exeter city centre for four nights of outdoor film screenings in August at the Big Screen in the Park. Films showing include Bill Murray’s 1980s classic Ghostbusters as well as a dose of cult horror from Jack Nicolson in The Shining. Space epic Interstellar will be suitably viewed from beneath a looming night sky, and a special screening of Toy Story celebrates 20 years of infinity and beyond. Finally cinemagoers can delight once more in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s delightful and addictive Amelie. There will be pies, pizzas, hot brews and will be available on site.
Enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Powderham Castle before outdoor showings of three iconic films. The foot tapping Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey is showing on Friday 28 August. Then on Saturday it’s sing along with Abba in Mama Mia. The Castle, set alongside the Exe Estuary, is the perfect setting for Tom Cruise to fly past in Top Gun on Sunday.
Hot food will be served and there will be a bar on site.
La Luna Cinema, Powderham Castle, Kenton, 28-30 August.
Gates open 6.30pm. Film starts 8.00pm
Cinema in the City
Plymouth’s crowd funded Cinema in the City is showing a series of films in evocative locations during August. Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou will be screened with the huge fish tank at the National Marine Aquarium as a backdrop; Factory Cooperage, an historic, industrial space at Royal William Yard will be the venue for The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club while The Third Man will be screened in the suitably post war setting of the City’s Council Chamber. Cinema in the City will culminate with three days of Open Air Cinema at Royal William Yard in September with showings of The Grand Budapest Hotel, Mamma Mia! and Jurassic World.
Cinema in the City 1 August-12 September
The Blues Brothers, Spy and Reservoir dogs will be screened in the picnic area outside the Barn at Dartington Hall from 24 – 26. Seats are provided. If it rains, cinema goers can choose to continue watching inside the cinema.
Dartington Hall, Totnes
24-26 July 9.30pm