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Popcorn ready? The best outdoor cinemas in Sussex

Lights, camera… outdoor cinema action! From Encanto to Elvis, West Side Story to Moulin Rouge, here are the best alfresco screenings popping up across Sussex this summer.

Priory Park, Chichester

The picturesque surroundings of the park are the perfect backdrop for a showcase of some of the best directing talent we’ve witnessed including Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis and Steven Spielberg’s, West Side Story. Also showing this summer is Disney Pixar hit Lightyear. Book early to avoid disappointment and make like Muddy and bring your own picnic. 5-7 August.

B.O.A.T, Brighton 

A Brighton institution, the Open Air Theatre has a selection of shows across the summer, the highlight being The Railway Children. Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis’ lives are turned upside down when their father mysteriously disappears and they leave London for Yorkshire. And a journey of friendship and adventure unfolds… 10-13 August.

Petworth Pleasure Garden, near Pulborough

A trio of visual treats Romeo & Juliet, Cyrano and Encanto, are on offer among the beautiful grounds of this National Trust property, all projected onto a 30 foot screen. Snacks are available on site but you’ll need to pre-order hot dogs and being your own seating or blanket. 19-20 August.

Hastings Pier, Hastings

A show with a difference! Held on the pier, this live Pulp Fiction tribute sees actors perform scenes and hit tracks from the classic Tarantino film. And all to the backdrop of the sea. 2 September.

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, Horsham

Catch Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again at this Grade I listed garden that’s had an incredible £50m makeover. After exploring, settle down to be serenaded by Meryl Streep, Lily James and Cher to name just a few of the stars. 20 August.

Newhaven Fort, Newhaven

Perched on the cliffs with an enviable view of the coast this is a unique venue. Before No Time To Die starts, explore the network of tunnels and visit the Blitz Bomb Shelter simulator and then settle down for adrenaline Bond-fuelled rush. 10 September.

East Green, Littlehampton

After sunset, family favourite Encanto will be shown on a giant 40ft inflatable screen where singing along is unavoidable. You’ll want to arrive early as it is a free non-ticketed event. 20 August.

Saltdean Lido, near Brighton

This stunning art deco Grade II listed lido was recently refurbished back to its former glory and is now hosting screenings of The Rocky Hour Picture Show and Grease. Chair and luxury pillows are available to hire and pizza, popcorn and pick ’n mix will all be available.  Get your Time Warp moves ready! 30 July and 19 August.

Bodiam Castle, Robertsbridge

We all know the story of St George and his battle with the dragon, but The Reluctant Dragon, shows what happens when this mythical creature refuses to fight. Set in the grounds of the stunning moated castle, this is one for all the family. 10 August.

Gildredge Park, Eastbourne 

Immerse yourself into some movie magic with showings of Moulin Rouge, Mamma Mia! and Rocketman, in the park that has a pretty rose gardens. There’s a trio of films to choose from but don’t forget to bring your own picnic and popcorn. 22-25 September.

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