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Trend alert! Cinema on the waterfront

May 3, 2014



There's no cinema in St Albans (yet) but it has a film festival this weekend, with screenings in interesting locations including the cathedral, the medieval clock tower and, excitingly, the new swimming pool. At 1.30pm today, children can watch Japanese anime classic Ponyo during their swim (one adult and one child pounds 12, stalbansfilmfestival.com), and at 7pm tonight, brave adults can watch Jaws from the water (pounds 10, including

a drink at the bar afterwards).

This swim-along cinema concept, which was pioneered by Bramley Baths in Leeds last year, is one of a growing band of watery pop-ups. At Brockwell Lido in south London in July, film fans can watch Captain Phillips from a dinghy. Sadly, the boating tickets have already sold out, but you can still watch poolside (pounds 13.50, 24 July, thelunacinema.com).

There is a similar event at Jesus Green Lido during the Cambridge film festival, with the audience on punts rather than in dinghies (7 September, cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk).

Hot Tub Cinema involves two big screens and up to 20 hot tubs in scenic locations around the UK, most commonly on city rooftops. A maximum of eight people sit in each tub to watch the film - you can book individual tickets for pounds 32 or hire the whole thing for pounds 192 - and waiters serve popcorn and prosecco (hottubcinema.com).

Elsewhere, there are plenty of screenings at waterside locations. The Floating Cinema is a customised narrowboat plying the waterways of London, hosting small onboard screenings and larger bankside film events (floatingcinema.info). In Cumbria, Picnic Cinema is screening Withnail and I at Uncle Monty's house in Sleddale Hall near Shap, overlooking Wet Sleddale reservoir. Tickets include dinner and camping (pounds 38, 3-5 July, picniccinema.co.uk).

Other venues include the screen on the beach in Brighton (12 June- 13 July, brightonsbigscreen.com); Southsea Castle, on the coast in Portsmouth (24 June, portsmouthfestivities.co.uk); Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham (30 August, sandfordparkslido.org.uk); the Hyde Park Lido in London (24-25 September, whereisthenomad.com); the river at Morden Hall Park, Surrey (11-13 July and 21-24 August, popupscreens.co.uk), and Caversham Court Gardens, Reading (starts 12 June, cultscreens.co.uk).

Rachel Dixon


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Source: Guardian (UK)


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