Summer is on it's way, and with that in mind, our thoughts turn to spending time outside. Our British summer weather can be a bit hit and miss, but we still like to put our faith in it make plans to enjoy nights out in the great outdoors. What better on a warm evening that to enjoy great company, scenic locations, a picnic dinner and a good film! Yes, you heard us right, outdoor cinema clubs are gaining in popularity and Essex even has its very own Essex Outdoor Cinema Club – giving us the stars, under the stars.
Open-air cinemas first began at around 1916 in Berlin, Germany. They have been very popular throughout America for many years, with Drive Thru cinemas being particularly prevalent in some parts of the country.
In this country, viewers usually sit on camping chairs or blankets. It's most often a “bring-your-own” affair where you can bring snacks and drinks to enjoy during the screening. As projector prices have decreased, guerrilla style outdoor cinemas have become more common.
The Secret Cinema organisation in London for example, regularly screens events in secret locations throughout the city. You purchase your tickets online and wait for more details. These kind of guerrilla outdoor cinemas can sometimes be very basic, needing to be completely setup and dismantled in a single night. Sheets, portable screens or existing walls are sometimes used as a screen for the projected image. Power is obtained from generators or car batteries.
Somerset House in London also offers regular summer screenings in the grounds of their beautiful courtyard. But it's not just the city folk that get to enjoy all the outdoorsy fun, Essex film lovers across the county can also enjoy munching popcorn under the stars this summer as Essex Outdoor Cinema hosts a number of screenings in the region. Our local newspaper, The Essex Chronicle, published the following information recently:
“Scores of open air film events will be screened in parks and promenades, with the public invited to watch one of their favourite blockbusters at an al fresco viewing near them.
More than 7,000 people like the Essex Outdoor Cinema Facebook page, and tickets are already on sale for the first screening of the summer – E.T. at RHS Hyde Hall. Gates open at 7pm and tickets cost £12.00. For more information, visit Essex Outdoor Cinema”
So if you like film, and warm evenings, get out and enjoy the best of Essex this summer. The Network Magazine offers comprehensive listings of clubs and classes in the Brentwood area. Why not call us on 01277 849161 if you would like to advertise with us, and reach 18000 homes in the Brentwood area. Alternatively you can click here to contact us by email.