My Favourites

My Favourites

Save your favourites with a single click and you’ll never forget a brilliant Muddy recommendation.


Get the inside line on what’s unique, special and new near you, straight to your inbox across 25 counties

Back to Culture

Outdoor cinema in Sussex & nearby 2019

Inject relaxed summer vibes into your film viewing with our round up of outdoor cinema in Sussex and other screen pop-ups nearby

Luna Beach Cinema

Inject relaxed summer vibes into your film viewing with our round up of outdoor cinema in Sussex and other screen pop-ups nearby



Bohemian Rhapsody, Manor Farm, Chidham, near Chichester Sat 27 July

Film on a Farm brings one of the year’s big hits to an outdoor screen in West Sussex for one night only, with popcorn, sweets and a bar. Doors open 19.00 and the film starts at 21.00.

Various films, Redoubt Fortress, Eastbourne, Sat 27 July/24 Aug/28 Sept/26 Oct/31 Oct

Five students with nothing in common in an all-day detention… yes, it’s 80s Brat Pack classic The Breakfast Club, showing at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress on Sat 27 July. The following month is O’Brother Where Art Thou? (Sat 24 Aug), then Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind is September’s film (Sat 28 Sept). You can wrap up and see movies right into October with spooktastic The Nightmare Before Christmas (26 Oct) and The Amityville Horror for (31 Oct) for Halloween.

Various films, Luna Beach Cinema, beside the Palace Pier, Brighton, daily 31 July to 18 Aug

Sussex’s biggest outdoor screen, Luna Beach Cinema is back from 31 July to 18 Aug to the east of Brighton’s Palace Pier, this time straddling Pride and the school holidays. Included in the long line up are recent big hitters such as A Star is Born, Green Book, Disney’s Dumbo and Aladdin, plus retro classics like Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman and Top Gun. There will even be a sing-along Bohemian Rhapsody, and a special National Theatre Live screening of One Man, Two Guvnors on Aug 16You’ll also get an opportunity to binge on the original Star Wars trilogy. Check the link for the full programme. Tickets are from £12.50 – or upgrade to a premium deckchair or a VIP beach hut with butler service!

Chichester International Film Festival outdoor screenings, Priory Park, Fri 2, Sat 3 & Sun 5 Aug 

The start of the 2018 Chichester International Film Festival is heralded by a trio of open air screenings at Priory Park. Bohemian Rhapsody on 2 Aug has sold out already but if you’re quick you can still get tickets for the new Disney Lion King on 3 Aug and Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again (Sun 4). Both will start at 20.45.

Life of Brian, Social cinema, The Bull, Ditchling, Sat 10 Aug

Former Muddy Awards finalist The Bull is showing comedy classic Life of Brian which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The screening is free in the pub’s pretty garden and naturally food and drink are also available, including wood-fired pizza and a BBQ before the film.

Sunset Screenings, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Sat 10, 17 and 24 Aug 

The De La Warr is putting on Sunset Screenings on an outside sea-facing wall this August, with retro family-friendly options across the school holidays. Sat 10 Aug is Bumblebee, Sat 17 Aug is Labyrinth starring David Bowie and Sat 24 Aug is The Greatest Showman, with extra entertainment from Mad Fish Performing Arts Choir. The films start at 20.30 and all are rated PG. Best of all, they’re all free! Pop in to see the How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s free exhibition on the ground floor while you’re there.

Various films, Chilli Fiesta, West Dean Gardens, Chichester, Fri 9 – Sun 11 Aug

Get your fill of fiery fare at this popular food festival which includes Latin music and dance, cookery demos and circus workshops, then settle down with some top nosh in front of family-friendly outdoor film screenings (movies tbc).

Dirty Dancing/The Greatest Showman, Saltdean Lido, Sat 10 Aug/Sat 24 Aug

Go full retro with an ’80s film, set in the ’60s, on a screen at a ’30s lido if you book Dirty Dancing for 10 Aug. Then on 24 Aug it’s another outing for The Greatest Showman.

Mamma Mia/Bohemian Rhapsody/Jurassic Park, The Holbrook Club, Horsham, Fri 16 Aug/Fri 6 Sept/Sat 21 Sept

The first Mamma Mia (16 Aug) and this year’s smash Bohemian Rhapsody (6 Sept) are the musical movies outdoors on the edge of Horsham while Jurassic Park claws its way back on 21 Sept.

Hairspray! Screen On the Green, Littlehampton, Sat 17 Aug 

Last year’s screen in action

Back again on East Green this pop-up cinema has the bonus of being free and non-ticketed. Just bring a rug to sit on. This year’s film is heartwarming comedy musical Hairspray! There will also be live entertainment with acoustic singer Morgan M James (17:15pm to 18.00) and close-up and digital magician Matt Parro walking around the crowd from 18.45. Pizzas, noodles, vegan food and sweet treats will be available from 18.00. The film starts 20.45.

Jurassic Park/Bohemian Rhapsody, Newhaven Fort, Sat 17 Aug/Fri 27 Sept

Still nearly pee yourself when T-Rex is trying to get through the glass sunroof? Just me? There’s another outing for Jurassic Park at Newhaven Fort on Sat 17 Aug with live music before the screening and various family tickets available. Bohemian Rhapsody then takes us into autumn on 27 Sept.

Various films, Airbourne, Eastbourne seafront, Thurs 15 – Sun 18 Aug  

Eastbourne’s impressive international airshow boasts a two mile flying display line along the seafront with jets, wing-walkers, a parachute display team and more. The flying happens in a packed schedule from lunchtime until around 17.00 each day then afterwards do the clever thing and watch a free family-friendly movie on the beach while the traffic and train chaos subsides. There’s also a firework display on the Sunday. (Film details tbc)

Various films, Movies by Moonlight, South Lodge Hotel, Horsham, Aug & Sept dates 

South Lodge Hotel at Lower Beeding, near Horsham has an open air cinema throughout the summer. Bring a picnic, or splash out on a special three-course dinner (£58 including film) beforehand. With the dinner package you can plump for Cocktail, Top Gun (limited availability), Darkest Hour, Lion or Notting Hill in Aug or A Star Is Born (limited availability) in Sept. With your own picnic (£16 for the film) you can chose from Dirty Dancing, Mamma Mia, The Greatest Showman or A Star Is Born in Aug and Bohemian Rhapsody and Mamma Mia – Here We Go Again in Sept. Some other films have sold out already so bagsy the one you fancy quick.

Mary Poppins Returns, Brighton Open Air Theatre, Sat 21 Sept

Grease the same day has already sold out but you’ve still a chance book for Mary Poppins Returns (the recent version) on Sat 21 Sept when Brighton’s Open Air Theatre swaps stage for screen action.

Mamma Mia/ The Greatest Showman, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Fri 23 Aug/Fri 20 Sept

Wince your way through Pier Brosnan’s singing all-over again with an outing of ABBA-tastic feelgood movie Mamma Mia, then lend your own vocals to a sing-along version of The Greatest Showman on 20 Sept.




Various shows, The Luna Cinema, Leeds Castle, Thurs 1 – Sat 3 Aug

Beautiful Leeds Castle near Maidstone in Kent makes the perfect setting for cinema under the stars. The line-up includes Bohemian Rhapsody, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and The Greatest Showman. There’s a bar laid on but bring a fold out chair.

Various shows, Luna Kids’ Cinema, Dunorlan Park, Tunbridge Wells, 7 – 11 Aug

A school hols godsend just over the border. There’s a week of films for youngsters of all ages From The Gruffalo and Peppa Pig to The Greatest Showman and Spiderman, with day and early evening screenings.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Hever Castle, Tues 27 Aug

This one’s semi-outdoor. Watch Oscar-nominated Bohemian Rhapsody in The Festival Theatre, an open-sided venue set in the gardens of Hever Castle. The seating is tiered with the majority of seats under canopies.



Luna Kids’ Cinema, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, 14 – 18 Aug 

Luna Kids’ Cinema pops up again at Hampton Court Palace with the next installment of the UK’s first al fresco cinema especially for children. 15 screenings including brand new Dumbo (14 Aug, 16.30), a Julia Donaldson medley of The Gruffalo, Zog and Highway Rat (17 Aug, 10.00), Moana (Aug 17, 13.00) and The Incredibles 2 (16 Aug, 16.00).

Mary Poppins Returns/Bohemian Rhapsody, Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey, 25 Aug/13 Sept

Some late summer treats pop up at the racecourse with Mary Poppins Returns on 25 Aug and Bohemain Rhapsody on 13 Sept.


Various films, Film4Summer, Somerset House, 8 – 21 Aug

If you can make it into London, head for the popular Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Featuring a mixture of premiers, classics and recent hits, the venue’s fountain courtyard is a corker. Film4Summer’s 200th screening which will be celebrated with Ryan Coogler’s Oscar-winning, superhero spectacular Black Panther (9 Aug). Other highlights include The Matrix on 12 Aug, horror/sci-fi double bill Get Out & They Live (17 Aug) and cult classic Clueless (18 Aug).

Various films, Summer by the River, London Bridge City, London, 30 May – 28 Aug 

The largest outdoor festival in London runs 1 June to 2 Sept, with outdoor film, theatre, sporting events, food, drinks and entertainment. Films include The Incredibles 2 (25 Aug).

Find more ideas here


Tell us what you think

Your email address will not be published.

* Required
* Required

Little Black Book

The Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

View the businesses
Reader Treats Just For You!