Watching Russell Crowe, as Maximus Decimus Meridius, growl his way through Ridley Scott’s Gladiator while in full view of an 11th-century castle is something that you’ll get the chance to do…well, maybe once, ever: on September 25, 2014. Settle into your seat in the Rochester Castle grounds, on the banks of the River Medway, and prepare to be blown away – not just by the feature, but by the historic grandness of the environs. There are food stalls and a fully licensed bar to grab a snack or a glass of wine, and the coveted ticket will lighten your wallet by £13.50. If Coliseum sword fights ain’t your thing, you can catch Mamma Mia! the following evening.
George Wood is the Managing Director of the Luna Cinema, which stages hundreds of outdoor screenings throughout the UK each year. He says: “The great thing about our screenings is the combination of a classic film on a giant screen under the stars, in the country’s finest settings. This summer you can find yourself watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s with the backdrop of a Royal Palace, Gravity on the meridian line in Greenwich Park, Jaws in an open-air lido, or The Wolf of Wall Street overlooking London’s financial district.
“There’s something unique about being outside on a summer’s evening, with a glass in hand, popcorn and a classic film on the big screen. All our screenings have limited capacities and tend to sell out, so make sure you book in advance - all details can be found at thelunacinema.com. We have a bar at each screening (and hot food) and you can pre-order your blankets and backrests so they’ll be ready to collect when you arrive. See you there for a night of cinema under the stars!”
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Written by Ronnie McCluskey, a travel writer for HomeAway.co.uk.