Outdoor cinema opens at Heaton Park with The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Harry Potter, The Gruffalo and more

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A much-anticipated outdoor cinema has opened in Heaton Park and is bringing a host of family films this summer.

Luna Kids is billed as ‘the UK’s first open air cinema designed for kids’ and will be screening hits including a sing-along version of The Greatest Showman, The Lion King and Harry Potter.

We revealed earlier this year how the company is bringing the family films to Heaton Park and Tatton Park between now and September 4.



And as well as the likes of Sing, Paddington 2, Star Wars The Last Jedi and Trolls, even more shows have been added to the line-up suitable for a younger audience.

The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and Stick Man will be shown at Heaton Park from 10am on Saturday, August 25 and again at Tatton Park on September 4.

The huge open air cinema events have previously been at Tatton Park and aimed at an adult audience – offering an on-site bar, food and blankets and backrests.



But with the added family element – which kick-started with The Lego Batman Movie on Thursday – it’s expected to be more popular than ever.

And while the canopy has been used to shelter people from the sun during this summer’s heatwave, it’s more than big enough to keep the audience out of the rain during Manchester’s more typical downpours.

George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, said: “We’re so excited to be launching Luna Kids Cinema.

“This year marks The Luna Cinema’s 10th anniversary, and over that decade we’ve learnt that the key to fantastic outdoor cinema is the unique experience of watching your favourite films in the company of other film fans.

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“It’s that shared experience that makes it so memorable, and that is true whether you’re aged five or 85.”



He added: “Traditionally outdoor cinema has to take place after-dark to allow for projectors to achieve suitable picture quality, but this has made it a less practical option for families with young children, but with the advancement in LED technology we now feel that the solution is here.

“No one wants to be cooped up in a darkened room during the summer holidays – Luna Kids encourages us all to get out in the open air and enjoy some of the most stunning parks and historic sites in the country.”

Tickets cost £12.50, children (three to 15) £7.50, or family ticket for two adults and two kids, or one adult and three kids costs £32.50.

Premium tickets, which include the use of a foldable backrest, cost £17.50 for adults and £12.50 for kids.



The full line-up includes…

Friday, August 24; Heaton Park

10am Coco

1pm Ratatouille

4pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone



Saturday, August 25; Heaton Park

10am The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man

1pm Despicable Me 3

4pm The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

Sunday, August 26; Heaton Park

10am Lion King

1pm Sing

4pm Paddington 2

7pm The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

Monday, August 27; Heaton Park

10am Moana

1pm Zootropolis

4pm Spider Man: Homecoming



Tuesday, August 28; Heaton Park

10am Trolls

1pm Early Man

4pm Beauty and the Beast

Friday, August 31; Tatton Park

4.30pm The Greatest Showman Sing-Along

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Saturday, September 1; Tatton Park

10am Moana

1pm Zootropolis

4pm Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

7.30pm The Greatest Showman Sing-Along



Sunday, September 2; Tatton Park

10am Trolls

1pm Cars 3

4pm Cinderella

Monday, September 3; Tatton Park

10am Coco

1pm Early Man

4pm Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone



Tuesday, September 4; Tatton Park

10am The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Stick Man

1pm Frozen

4pm Star Wars The Last Jedi

For an older audience there will some later 6.30pm showings on the weekend of August 24 to 26 at Tatton Park.

These include The Goonies on Friday, August 24; Pretty Woman on Saturday, August 25 and The Greatest Showman on Sunday, August 26.

Visit the website to book tickets. Transaction fees apply.

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