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The UK’s leading open-air cinema returns to Dean’s Park this summer.

8 Mar, 2019

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The UK’s leading open-air cinema returns to Dean’s Park this summer.

After a successful debut in Summer 2018, York Minster has announced the return of the nation’s favourite open-air cinema with a series of new feature-length blockbusters for visitors to enjoy under the night sky.

The run will begin with the ever-popular Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Tuesday 27 August before Oscar winner Rami Malek’s superstar performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody on Wednesday 28 August. The cinema season will end with Mamma Mia 2 on Thursday 29 August.

All films will begin at 8pm and are accompanied by the Luna Bar for refreshments throughout the evening.

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Luna Cinema’s release reads as follows:

Established as a Summer staple, The Luna Cinema is back with a line up of incredible box office blockbusters in many of the country’s most iconic venues

Following an early blast of unseasonably good weather this year, we’re already getting excited for the summer and that can only mean one thing… The Luna Cinema’s open air film season is just around the corner! Cementing its place as the country’s number one producer of open air screenings, and after a packed calendar of indoor Winter screenings, The Luna Cinema returns with the UK’s largest ever season of cinema under the stars, packed with more screenings than ever before, from new award-winning blockbusters to cult classics.

From May to September, film-lovers up and down the country can pick from over 175 outdoor screenings in some of the UK’s most prestigious and historically important sites.  Luna audiences get to enjoy films set to the backdrop of the stunning grounds of places such as Warwick Castle, Kensington Palace, Chatsworth House, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Hampton Court Palace, Leeds Castle, Westminster Abbey and Cardiff Castle.  New sites for 2019 include the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, Thorpe Park in Surrey, Wrest Park in Bedfordshire, Anglesey Abbey near Cambridge, Marble Hill in London and York Minster in Yorkshire to name a few.

Cinema-lovers will be thrilled by a fantastic choice of films this summer season, with a selection of the year’s biggest hitters and award winners, including the iconic performance from Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, and the multi-award winning Bohemian Rhapsody, featuring an Oscar winning performance from Rami Malek. Drama fans can have a royal time watching The Favourite at the actual location for the film, Hatfield House, and with a number of hit musical extravaganzas, musical lovers will be sure to be belting out the hits from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, The Greatest Showman, and Mary Poppins Returns.

As well as these fantastic box office hits, The Luna Cinema will also be screening cinematic throwbacks that’ll have you entertained all night long, from Some Like It Hot at Westminster Abbey, and Grease at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, to Pretty Woman at Wandsworth Park and Moulin Rouge! at both Kenwood House and Chiswick House in London.

George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, said: “We are hugely excited to be announcing our 2019 season, our biggest year of open-air cinema yet. With the incredible number of great films released in the last 12 months, it’s shaping up to be a really special one.  Following last year’s phenomenal outdoor success with The Greatest Showman, we were hoping for a good crop of musical films and in A Star Is Born, Mary Poppins Returns, Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, we got exactly that! We look forward to expanding our children’s outdoor cinema brand “Luna Kids Cinema” this summer, to visiting some incredible new venues far and wide from Yorkshire to Greenwich and to welcoming film fans from across the country for a night of cinema under the stars!”

Other season highlights include screenings of Mary Poppins Returns under the shadow of the Houses of Parliament (the setting for the film’s climax) at Victoria Tower Gardens, The Favourite and The Young Victoria at Kensington Palace (the latter to mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth, at the Palace), Monty Python’s Life of Brian at Cardiff Castle, and the critically acclaimed Stan and Ollie at Opera Holland Park.  Moreover, Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be showing at Knebworth House and Cardiff Castle on the exact sites that Queen played live!

As always, The Luna Cinema audiences are welcome to bring along picnics to screenings. However, all events will have fantastic hot food for sale and a full bar on site, in partnership with headline bar sponsors, Estrella Damm. Premium tickets are available at all screenings, which include a branded director’s chair in prime position in the arena, fast track access and a complimentary drink at the Luna Bar.

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