Five outdoor cinema screenings on the GWR network this September

This summer, there have been loads of exciting opportunities to see films in the open air, with pop-up cinemas appearing all round the country, but did you know that screenings continue throughout September? Here is a pick of our favourite flicks being shown at stunning – and fitting – locations across the GWR network. Book ahead to get your front-row seat.

The Bride of Frankenstein

Brompton Cemetery, London, 5 September
The capital’s most famous, Grade I-Listed cemetery is the unsettling setting for this highly-regarded, 1935 sequel to the original Frankenstein film. Boris Karloff reprises his role as ‘the monster who demands a mate’ (as the publicity posters put it). The screening celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s gothic horror masterpiece and will be introduced by a five-minute reading from the novel. She’s alive!
Doors open 6:30pm / Film starts 8pm / Tickets £18

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Cardiff Castle, 16 September
Luna’s pop-up picture house is coming soon to the Welsh capital’s medieval castle with the second film in the Potter franchise and the last to feature the late Richard Harris as the adorable Professor Dumbledore. Upgrade to a premium ticket for a front row director’s chair with complimentary snacks (bring your own butterbeer). Magic!
Doors open 6pm / Film starts 7:30pm / Tickets Adults £15, Children £10


Porthmeor Beach, St Ives, 19 September
This cool Cornish surf spot is the ideal venue for screening the recently released, feature-length remake of the iconic 1990s TV series. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron play the lead lifeguards, but look out for tongue-in-cheek cameos from original stars, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson. The film was awarded the ‘So Rotten You Loved It’ prize at this year’s Razzies (also known as the Golden Raspberry Awards).
Doors open 6:30pm / Film starts 7:45pm / Tickets £5

Shawshank Redemption

The Old Prison Exercise Yard, Oxford, 28 September
HMP Oxford closed its doors to convicts in 1996 – two years after this clink-based classic, starring Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins, was released – but now, in its latest guise as a luxury hotel, welcomes a different breed of guests. The former exercise yard has become an al fresco dining area so expect gourmet grub, craft beers and cocktails to accompany the film. That’s the sweet taste of freedom, my friend!
Doors open 6:30pm / Film starts 8pm / Tickets from £20

The Greatest Showman

Royal Crescent, Bath, 28 September
This semi-circle of beautiful buildings, in the heart of Bath, provides a suitably grand backdrop to the big screen and this big top musical. Royal Crescent was opened in 1830 by Queen Victoria, who requested an audience with PT Barnum (played in the film by Hugh Jackman) when he later toured Britain with General Tom Thumb. She was, by all accounts, highly amused.
Doors open 6pm / Film starts 7:30pm / Tickets Adults £15, Children £10