Bucket List No 20. Watch a film outdoors / No 959. Watch a film al fresco

12 Oct

There is something unfailingly optimistic about my attitude to summer. I’ve lived here for about 33 years so you would think I’d have a more realistic approach, but no.

Here’s just one example – every year I convince myself that August is always sunny in England. Amaya’s birthday is in August and both years I’ve planned an outside party with no back up plan.

We're here!

We’re here!

So it was with this sunny attitude that I booked a ticket with Luna Cinema to watch The Grand Budapest Hotel in Dulwich Park. The day before we went, it rained non-stop. I’m not exaggerating even a tiny bit. It didn’t stop raining for a single second all day. So I was a bit anxious but Saturday came and…it was sunny! Not particularly warm but dry and sunny!

We booked the ticket with extras so we had seats and food and there was no need to cart around chairs. Although we did take a much needed blanket along.

Our VIP seat

Our VIP seat

I kept forgetting we were sitting outside until I felt my husband’s ice cold arm (he never feels the cold) or saw a plane flying overhead.

Dulwich Park is a beautiful setting too and the Grand Budapest Hotel is well worth watching. It’s slightly surreal, really colourful and while a lot of open air cinemas only show old classics (think Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Ghostbusters), this film is relatively new. Having a baby hasn’t changed things as much as I had expected but cinema outings are definitely something that has fallen by the wayside, so it was lovely watching something we hadn’t seen before.

Next time I would go better prepared – which basically means I’d take a lot more food and drink. Partly because I’m greedy. and partly because the choice of snacks to buy once you’re in is quite limited, but there are no restrictions on taking in whatever you want. People were turning up with massive wicker baskets of food and bottles of bubbles.

One lucky couple won the raffle to watch the film in a king size bed, complete with pillows and duvet. I’d take one of those in if they’d let me.

Waiting for the film to start...

Waiting for the film to start…

Whether you are a regular cinema goer or it’s a rare treat, the novelty of watching a film outdoors is brilliant and I’d love to try a more dramatic setting next. Top of my husband’s list was Brockwell Lido but I really want to do the hot tub cinema. At least that way, I wouldn’t need to worry so much about our unpredictable English summers.


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