An open-air cinema screening on a beach

Summer screenings – open-air cinemas in Devon and Cornwall

Summer 2020 is going to be different, with many annual events being cancelled or postponed. However, for film lovers, there are a host of pop-up open-air cinemas in Devon and Cornwall this summer. Cornish beaches, Devon castles, Carnglaze Caverns and Dartmoor Zoo are just some of the very special settings for some big cinema screenings. Find out what’s on, where and how you can get tickets.

What films are showing at open-air cinemas in Cornwall?

There are some great movies on offer at Cornwall’s open-air cinema screenings. Relive classics like Casablanca, Dirty Dancing and Grease, or check out newer offerings like The Martian, A Star is Born and The Greatest Showman. For children and families, there is also plenty to see including Moana, Harry Potter and Finding Dory. See below for the full list:

  • Jaws
  • The Goonies
  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Martian
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Finding Dory
  • Grease
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Moana
  • Coco
  • A Star is Born
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Casablanca
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Hot Fuzz
  • Grease

Cornwall’s beach cinemas

Cornwall is known for its beaches and anyone who’s spent time on the Cornish coast knows that for surfing, swimming or soaking up the sun it’s hard to beat. But this summer you can add watching a movie to your list of beach activities at these locations:

  • Porthmeor Beach, St. Ives
  • Porthminster Beach, St. Ives
  • Polzeath Beach, Newquay

Beach at St Ives in Cornwall

For those feeling brave, why not watch Jaws whilst keeping half an eye on the water at Porthmeor or Polzeath beaches in St. Ives!

For full listings, and to book, visit: Open Air Cinema UK

Cornish castles, caves and country clubs

There’s also the chance to watch a movie at some other great Cornish locations this summer. For a touch of magic, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is showing at Pendennis Castle near Falmouth. If you’re after an adventure, then how about the Goonies or Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, in the atmospheric setting of Carnglaze Caverns near Liskeard? There are also films showing in the expansive grounds of the China Fleet Country Club.

For full listings, and to book, visit: Open Air Cinema UK

What films are showing at open-air cinemas in Devon?

There’s a distinctly musical flavour to the films showing at open-air cinemas in Devon this summer. There’s the Beatles inspired Yesterday, the Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star is Born featuring Lady Gaga. See below for the full list:

  • The Lion King
  • Grease
  • A Star is Born
  • Moana
  • Yesterday
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • The Greatest Showman
  • Jaws
  • Tarzan
  • Aladdin

Powderham Castle, near Exeter, Devon

Films at Powderham Castle, Blackpool Sands and Dartmoor Zoo

For Devon movie-goers, there’s a selection of films showing at Powderham Castle near Exeter, Blackpool Sands near Dartmouth and Dartmoor Zoo near Plymouth. The 2019 version of The Lion King to a backdrop of Dartmoor Zoo’s own lion’s roaring sounds pretty special! Or maybe enjoying the spectacle of The Greatest Showman at the beautiful Powderham Castle is more your thing?

For full listings, and to book, visit: Open Air Cinema UK

The Drive-In experience at Plymouth’s Milehouse Park & Ride

Those looking for the full American Drive-In experience can take a trip to Plymouth this summer. From 4 – 20 July, the Milehouse Park & Ride Car Park will play host to a huge selection of movies. You’ll be able to watch the whole thing from your car with the soundtrack played over your car radio!

The film selection includes many of the movies listed for showing in Devon and Cornwall above, but with some additions just for Plymouth, including Notting Hill, Downton Abbey, Rocketman, Joker and Mamma Mia.

For full listings, and to book, visit: Drive-In Plymouth

Drive-in cinema with model cars

What to take and wear to screenings

With so many different venues what you’ll need for each screening will vary considerably. Some of the venues allow you to take a picnic and refreshments, while others may have some restrictions. And of course, the temperature in a Cornish cave could be very different to that on a Devon beach – so check the event details and weather forecast before setting out!

Events in Devon and Cornwall in the time of COVID-19

At the time of writing, all these events were still listed as going ahead. However, this summer, more than any other, this is liable to change and possibly at short notice. Do check individual listings.

There is also information on the event organiser’s and venues’ websites about social distancing and COVID-19 precautions for attending the events. These should be referred to before making a decision over attendance. We’re not connected with the events in any way and all details here are for information only, rather than a recommendation or endorsement of the venues or events.