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Chiswick House 'The Greatest Showman'
Chiswick House 'The Greatest Showman' | © Luna Cinema
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Cinema Under the Stars: Film Highlights From Luna Cinema

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Film Editor
Updated: 22 June 2018
We take a look at some of the best new films and stunning outdoor venues that will be part of Luna Cinema 2018.

One of the pioneers of alfresco movie-watching in the UK, Luna Cinema are the biggest providers of outdoor film in the country and have gone from strength to strength. The 2018 season of summer movies features more screenings than ever before, over 175, and we’ve picked out some highlights for you to enjoy from the vast collection.

Blenheim Palace The Darkest Hour
Blenheim Palace will screen ‘The Darkest Hour’ | © Luna Cinema

There are the latest blockbusters, award-winning masterpieces and cult classics… so basically something for everyone throughout the long nights coming up.

New venues joining the Luna season this year include York Minster, Guildford Cathedral, Belvoir Castle, Royal Windsor Racecourse, Danson House, Bolton Abbey, Osterley House and Peckham Rye in London.

Hampton Court Palace - Luna Cinema

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Hampton Court Palace The Shape of Water
The stunning gardens of Hampton Court Palace will be the setting for a unique cinematic experience this summer. The giant screen sits on the East Front Lawns, with Henry VIII’s palace providing a truly unforgettable floodlit backdrop.

Your Luna Cinema ticket allows you access to the gardens ahead of sunset so you can admire one of Britain’s most impressive Historic Royal Palaces.

Films screening: The Greatest Showman – Aug 4th, The Shape of Water – Aug 5th, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – Oct 5th, Moulin Rouge! – Oct 6th

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Brockwell Lido - Luna Cinema

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Brockwell Lido Jaws
Jaws at the Rockwell Lido | © Luna Cinema
Imagine sitting in one of London’s greatest Lidos with a classic film on a big screen under the stars… This summer, Luna Cinema is transforming Brockwell Lido into the city’s most exciting pop-up cinema. Dating back to 1937, the Lido is a truly incredible backdrop for open air cinema. Films screening: Jaws – May 24th, Dunkirk – June 21, The Shape of Water – Sept 27th
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Cardiff Castle - Luna Cinema

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Cardiff Castle The Greatest Showman
Cardiff Castle | © Luna Cinema

Located in the heart of the Welsh capital, medieval Cardiff Castle is one of the UK’s most famous historic sites with a richly complex history. The original motte and bailey Castle was built in the late 11th century by Norman invaders on top of a pre-existing 3rd century Roman fort.

Needless to say, Cardiff Castle will provide a spectacular setting for three nights of open air cinema this summer. Films screening: The Greatest Showman – Sep 14, Pretty Woman – Sep 15, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Sep 16

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Crystal Palace Park

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Crystal Palace Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
Crystal Palace Park | © Luna Cinema
Crystal Palace Park today is known as one of London’s great parks, but it also has an astonishing history, starting life as a Victorian pleasure garden, built to house the Crystal Palace after its move from Hyde Park following the Great Exhibition of 1851. The site was opened by Queen Victoria herself in 1854 and it contained not only the newly reconstructed palace, but a maze, landscaped gardens and 33 lifesize models of (then newly discovered) dinosaurs! The palace may have gone (being destroyed by fire in 1936), but the dinosaurs remain and now, for the third time this historic site will host cinema under the stars. Films screening: The Breakfast Club – Jun 29, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – Jun 30, Moulin Rogue! – Jul 1st
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For more information on all the screenings and venues at Luna Cinema, please visit the official site.