Outdoor Cinema has exploded in recent years with many companies staging pop up cinemas in locations across the UK. Cardiff now has a growing culture of pop up movies, often shown in quirky and unique places, helping to enhance your cinema experience. Here’s our guide to your 2017 pop up cinema season in the city.
Lost Lands Cinema
Lost Lands cinema is a unique and innovative pop-up rooftop cinema, screening films on the fabulous open air roof terrace at the kooky Jacobs antiques, so you can enjoy night views of the Cardiff cityscape as you kick back and watch a brilliant selection of cult cinema classic. There will also be guest food pop-ups, including burger bar Bish Bash Brioche and Macho Nacho’s loaded nachos, acting as a perfect foodie film accompaniment as well as a mini golf course, should you fancy teeing off pre film. Upcoming films in their schedule include the latest Star Wars installment ‘Rogue One’ and the hugely iconic ‘Pulp Fiction’. Lost Lands will also be popping up in other distinctive locations around South Wales, stay tuned for details of dates and locations.
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Darkened Rooms
Darkened Rooms tagline is ‘Screening great films in unusual places’ and they certainly deliver on that promise. Previous screenings include the mesmerising ‘Dracula’, shown in the atmospheric undercroft of Cardiff Castle and shivers up your spine ‘The Shining’, screened in the iconic Angel Hotel in Cardiff, these guys are great at matching locations to films, for maximum film immersion. Upcoming Films include Alien, The goonies and One flew over the cuckoo’s nest in Cardiff castle’s historic undercroft beneath the Castle for a fantastic underground cinema experience.

Bean Bag Cinema
The Bean Bag cinema team bring you a range of classics and well-loved films set in unusual spaces throughout the UK, their sites in Cardiff have so far have included theatre and arts space The Gate and happening bar 29 Park Place. You can watch some of your favourite films sunk in a huge beanbag, big enough for two, with a complimentary blanket to boot. These bags allow for a multitude of postures so you can always find your comfiest spot for film viewing. Previous films have included ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ and ‘Muriel’s Wedding’, with more cracking films scheduled for Cardiff throughout the year.
Luna Cinema
Luna cinemas are the masters of large outdoor screenings with a real sense of occasion and atmosphere. Showing some of your all-time favourite films, such as ‘Top Gun’, on giant screens in impressive locations such as the grounds of Cardiff Castle, it is a must do activity for any film lover. Audiences are welcome to bring their own chairs, blankets, picnics, drinks and other cinema paraphernalia to complement the movie. Fear not if you are perhaps a more disorganised cinema goer, there are fleece blankets and inflatable backrests to be hired, as well as hot food and a selection drinks on sale. Luna have just launched their 2017 schedule so you can now book your tickets online to your fave big screen films.
Monico Movies
Any Cardiffian worth their salt should feel a strong sense of nostalgia when thinking back to Saturdays spent at the retro Monico Cinema. Closed in 2003 to much local dismay, it has been reborn as a pop up community cinema branded ‘Monaco movies’, supported by the BFI, the National Lottery and some real cinema enthusiasts in Rhiwbina who wish to share a love of cinema.Upcoming films includes O Brother Where Art Thou and Eye in the Sky. Relive your Monico passion and support this creative and worthy community project.
Snowcat Cinema 
Pop up newbies Snowcat Cinema are an independent pop-up cinema screening a range of films including cult, lost movies and mainstream, giving film fans a diverse range of options. Snowcat work with venues to create simple screening and also more immersive cinema events. Previous films have included High Fidelity in the Castle Emporium and horror classic The Ring in Crafty Devil’s Cellar. Future screenings include classics such as Singing in the rain in the Paget rooms Penarth. Buy your tickets online now so you don’t miss out on these marvellous movies.
Words by Portia Jones

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