Plymouth Arts Centre organise several Open Air Cinema events at Royal Willam Yard, Tinside Lido and Mount Edgcumbe. Love it, Love it, Love it!
We went to see Yellow Submarine and Some Like It Hot, both crackers and as my co-pilot had not seen the latter, a real experience.
This year also had showing of The Piano, Dirty Dancing, Pan’s Labyrinth,
The Greatest Showman, The Shape of Water, Jaws, Isle of Dogs, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but time got the better of us and we only made the two. At £9.00 a ticket (£17 for VIPs, includes Prosecco!) it’s a great experience and a really good laugh. You also get to wander around the Lido, which I hadn’t looked at before, its very 1960s!
I really can’t recommend this enough! You sit in rows on either deckchairs (VIP) or fold out canvas seats (us), all very cosy and drink the wine, beer, coffee etc. which is available from the tent. Its a really comfy atmosphere, everyone laughs at the funny bits and is quiet for the quiet bits. They got the sound absolutely right, which had been a concern of mine before we got there, quite foolishly as it turned. The area the screen is on is just below the roadway on the Hoe, but apart from the odd moped and boy-racer belting along, you really couldn’t hear anything apart from the film. They’ve been doing this a while and they’ve really got it nailed, too loud and you’d be waiting for the next shock, too quiet and youd be straining to hear. As it was, perfect.
The shows start at 9.15, just after the sun goes down, we got there at 8 for a wander round the place. You get the views from the edge of the Lido across the Sound and that’s worth it on its own.
We had a warm evening for both shows, Some Like It Hot got a bit chilly but as it was the end of August, only to be expected. They supply blankets for hire, we didn’t need them!
Keep an eye out on the Plymouth Arts Centre website – the tickets go quickly, although we were able to get them for the two night we wanted.