The 10 best pop up cinemas in the UK revealed

Movies are great. They bring us together, they break our hearts, make us laugh, and some of them stay with us forever. But what makes movies even more special is the experience of heading to the cinema and watching them with our favourite people. Especially if the cinema isn’t your average ODEON… If you haven’t tried a pop up cinema yet, you need to. So why not visit one of the best pop up cinemas in the UK?

1. The Luna Cinema 

Locations: London, Bath, York, Cardiff, Liverpool, Leeds, Guildford, Essex, Lincoln, Lulworth, Longleat, Kent, Warwicksire, Sheffield, Cheshire, Crawley, Tonbridge, Nottingham 

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With films from Rocketman and Knives Out to The Bodyguard and Dirty Dancing, The Luna Cinema have something for everyone. You can take a picnic with you or buy food from their foodsralls and enjoy a great movie, with great people, in a great place. Perfecto!

2. Crofton Park Pictures 

Location: Rivoli Ballroom

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Do you want to lose yourself in a movie, but don’t fancy freezing? Well at the Rivoli Ballroom (one of the last remaining traditional ballrooms in London), Crofton Park Pictures have set up a pop up cinema. Enjoy classics like Pretty Woman, Thelma and Louise and The Shining, or modern hits like The Witches.

3. Vision Cinema 

Location: London (open now), Manchester (2022), Leeds (2022)

vision pop up cinema
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A comfy outdoor cinema that is taking place across London this summer, Vision has inflatable chairs, great snacks, cocktails and beers. You can go in groups and experience the big screen in the best way.

4. Summer Screens

Locations: Winchester, Basingstoke, Birmingham, WIltshire, Coventry, Reading, Swindon, Reading, Southampton, NewburyPoole, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Oxford

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Summer Screens have been going since 2011. So they know what makes a good pop up cinema. They’re celebrating their 10 year anniversary with your favourite films from the past decade!

5. The Luna Beach Cinema

Location: Brighton 

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Associated with The Luna Cinema, Luna Beach is much the same, it’s outdoors, you can bring a picnic and enjoy a great film… On the beach. Yep, you read right. Seaside cinema.

6. Luna Springs

Location: Digbeth

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Luna Springs believe that movies look better in the moonlight. So they run Moonlight Cinema for you to enjoy. With cocktails, beers and street food, you’re bound to have a good time.

7. The Outdoor Cinema 

Location: Leeds, Brighton, Southampton, Cambridge, Kent, Surrey, Portsmouth, Nottingham, Coventry, Bath, Leicester

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Search on Facebook to see when they’re next near you. Claiming to be Europe’s finest outdoor cinema, these events all take place with stunning backdrops, under the stars, with great films. Heaven.

8. Open Air Film & Chill

Location: Beverley, Birmingham, Brighton, Cheltenham, Chesterfield, Chepstow, Chorley, Derby, Gloucester, Gravesend, Haydock. Hereford, Huntingdon, Kempton, Liverpool, Mikton Keynes, Newmarket, Northampton, Nottingham, Okehampton, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Rudby, Thirks, Wales, Warwick, Wolverhampton 

open air film and chill pop up cinema
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With more locations than anyone else, Open Air are clearly on this list for a reason. Plus, you can suggest locations to them if there’s not one near you, or order a Garden Cinema Package to make your own pop up.

9. The Village Screen

Location: Manchester, Peak District, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

the village screen pop up cinema
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If you want to watch a film somewhere truly magical, truly unique – check out Village Screen. One of their venues is literally known as the Devil’s Arse. What a place to watch a film, right?

10. Hijack Cinema 

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Sign up to their email list to find out where they’re going next, this South Coast pop up is well beloved and has a whole range of films on offer. Just wait for them to set one up and head on over – you won’t regret it.

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