More than 20 films to be shown at outdoor cinema in Northampton this summer

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Classics such as Mary Poppins and Grease will be played on an open air screen

An outdoor cinema is coming to Northampton this summer and there are more than 20 films to choose from.

Northampton Filmhouse, which is part of the Royal & Derngate theatre, has teamed up with Delapre Abbey and Northampton Borough Council to host the events.

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The drive-in cinema will be run from July 23 until August 9 and will include showings of classics such as Mary Poppins, Grease, Back to the Future, Kinky Boots, Downtown Abbey, Back to the Future and more.

Delapre Abbey will host the outdoor cinema.Delapre Abbey will host the outdoor cinema.
Delapre Abbey will host the outdoor cinema.

The event will have a historic backdrop, a huge screen and is in the ideal setting for social distancing and a Covid-safe environment.

Jo Gordon, chief executive of Northampton Filmhouse said: “It’s brilliant that while the Filmhouse remains closed we’re able to bring a bit of Filmhouse magic to an even bigger screen and give people that shared experience of watching film together in such stunning surroundings.”

Richard Clinton, chief executive of Delapré Abbey Preservation Trust added: “I’m delighted to be working with the team at Northampton Filmhouse and thrilled that this exciting new venture will allow people to experience Delapré in a whole new way.”

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Film lovers will also be able to order hot food and a selection of snacks for collection at the screenings.

Tickets start from £25 per car and there will be a limited number of cycle tickets available, to watch from a socially distanced seating area.

Priority booking opens to Filmhouse members on Wednesday (July 8) with general sale from Thursday 9 July.

To see the full schedule, book tickets and find out more, visit the Filmhouse website.Later in the year, Delapre Abbey is also hosting another open air cinema showing Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

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The showing is on August 29 and was planned in before the coronavirus pandemic hit. However, social distancing can be implemented so the event can go ahead.

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