Over the past five years open air film screenings have taken place over the summer in Ravenscourt Park.
There will always be some controversy about how heavily the Park is used for special events. But these screenings seem pretty popular locally and well run. The organisers tidy under after themselves. Amplification is directed away from local property and no “18” certificate films are shown. The income to the Council from the screenings (and the ones in Bishops Park) comes to around £10,000 a year – which goes towards the upkeep of the parks.
One aspect I like about it is the sense of community it helps foster. It provides encouragement for people to talk to each other. Now that we have so few people going to Church (or even pubs) that is welcome.
Tickets cost £12 and the “doors open” at 7.30pm with the film starting at 9.00pm. The organisers say:
“We have lovely food and amazing popcorn on site from Drum & Kernal plus there is also a fully stocked bar so you can have a cold pint, but if you’d prefer to bring your own picnic that’s ok with us but you are missing out on burgers served up from a Harley Davidson by Harley Dogs. It’s a thing of beauty.”
Forthcoming film screenings are:
Friday August 4th – Doctor Strange.
Saturday August 5th – Pretty Woman
Sunday August 6th – Ghostbusters
Friday September 1st – The Great Gatsby
Saturday September 2nd – La La Land
Sunday September 3rd – ET
Tickets are available here.