Outdoor cinemas were a saving grace for film buffs during lockdown, as indoor cinemas were forced to keep their doors shut in accordance with socialising rules. But, while there are open-air and outdoor cinemas dotted all over the country, it’s not often you get the chance to visit one next door to royalty.
For the first time, the Queen is set to open the grounds of Sandringham Estate to the public to host an open-air cinema event this summer and autumn. On Twitter, The Luna Cinema confirmed that it would be showing films at the royal residence by retweeting the news.
Summer at Sandringham just got even better! 🎬 🍿
After months of staying indoors watching movies on the small screen, it’s time to head outside for an unforgettable big-screen experience with @TheLunaCinema
— Sandringham (@sandringham1870) May 7, 2021
The Sandringham Estate will be open to the public as a location for one of 50 film screenings taking place between July and October. However, the films at Sandringham are only showing in the first week of July.
Film fans will be able to choose from four movies to watch at the Sandringham open-air cinema: Grease, The Greatest Showman, Pretty Woman and Bohemian Rhapsody. The iconic blockbusters will be shown on the West Lawn in the formal gardens.
Sandringham is usually where the royal family spends their Christmas break. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s second home, Anmer Hall, is also on the estate. So you could be watching a film right next to the Cambridges without even knowing!
Tickets for screenings have been on sale since 7 May and are worth snapping up before they sell out. The basic ticket costs £15.50, but you can pay a bit more for extras such as luxury seating and refreshments from The Luna Bar that’s on-site.
The Luna Cinema will be showing films at a number of other royal settings, including Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth House, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Warwick Castle.
You can buy tickets, see what’s on and the full list of venues, here.