While I haven’t heard of any open air cinema screenings taking place in Blackheath or Lewisham there are a few taking place in Greenwich.
Greenwich Park with Luna Cinema
- Blade Runner 2049 (Fri 13 July)
- Pretty Woman (Sat 14 July)
- Dunkirk (Sun 15 July)
Greenwich Peninsula with Pop Up Screens
- Baby Driver (Fri 17 August)
- Bridesmaids (Sat 18 August)
- La La Land (Sun 19 August)
Ruskin Park, Camberwell / Denmark Hill
Denmark Hill rail station is a 15 minute direct train journey from Blackheath (Victoria Line), you can also change at London Bridge. It’s one stop after Peckham Rye.
Denmark Hill with Pop Up Screens
- Get Out (Fri 27 July)
- Grease (Sat 28 July)
- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Sun 29 July)
The Rooftop Film Club is showing lots of films all summer on top of the Bussey Building in Peckham. The building is a three minute walk (*see note below – the return walk may be longer) from Peckham Rye, which is itself only 13 minutes from Blackheath station on the Victoria trains. Or change at London Bridge.
Films in July include at the Bussey Building with Rooftop Film Club – Black Panther, Romeo + Juliet, Deadpool, A Quiet Place, Pretty Woman, Spirited Away, Dirty Dancing, Spice World The Movie, The Greatest Showman, La La Land, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Cape Fear, Lady Bird, Top Gun, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Avengers: Infinity War, Vertigo, I, Tonya, 2001: A Space Odyssey – but check the listings periodically as they add new films (for example they’ve not listed their August films yet).
Technically it’s slightly closer to Hither Green rail station than to Lee‘s station but it’s also a short walk from a 202 bus stop (Stop ID: 58365, aka Stop F) just by the Sainsbury’s and the 53 bus also stops nearby.
Manor Park Gardens, Lee / Hither Green with Pop Up Screens
- The Jungle Book (Fri 24 Aug)
- Dirty Dancing (Sat 25 Aug)
- Ghostbusters (1984) (Sun 26 Aug)
Charlton and Woolwich Free Film Festival
In the second week of September the CWFFF springs into action and some of the films screened will be in the open air. I’m on the organising team and will be screening The Dish at Charlton House as an open-air screening on Friday 14th September. It’ a free screening so no tickets 🙂
Other free open air screenings
Summer By The River at The Scoop (between City Hall and HMS Belfast and near to London Bridge Station and Tower Bridge (the bridge, the station’s on the opposite side of the river) at More London.
- Wimbledon live coverage (3 – 15 July)
- Grease (Tue 17 July)
- Moana (Tue 24 July)
- Guardians of the Galaxy (Tue 31 July)
- Beauty and the Beast (Tue 7 Aug)
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Tue 14 Aug)
- The BFG (Tue 21 Aug)
- Into the Woods (Tue 28 Aug)
Tudor Barn in Eltham also has some low cost open-air screenings (£3.50 plus booking fee)
All known open air screenings in London
All the open air cinema screening organisations listed, and many others, are showing other films all across London and a pretty complete list is here:
Open Air Cinema Screenings 2018
Note – Bussey Building
*Don’t forget that the last direct weekday trains from Peckham Rye to Blackheath are 23:48 and 00:22 from Platform 4 and you might need to allow a bit longer to walk back to the station as they close off the main cut-through back to the station. I discovered this last year after a lovely screening of Pride and Prejudice there (with a fun Q&A with Joe Wright the director beforehand) which has a run time of 2h 15 and began at 21.45 (they had to wait until sunset first of all and then had the Q&A before the film). I’d allowed 10 mins to get back to the station and had quite the sense of humour failure when someone tried to redirect me to follow a different, longer route in an opposite direction, risking losing the train – fortunately I won that argument, they opened the barrier for me and I got the last train home.
I probably wouldn’t go back to Bussey House by myself for this reason – it’s fine with friends but when I’m visiting as a solo female film-goer then wandering around unfamiliar bits of Peckham by myself late at night and missing trains isn’t something I really want to risk and they don’t warn you about this beforehand, so… no.