Open air premiere: Classic movies to be screened at the Bowl

Cult Screens, an open air cinema which holds events in Reading and Oxford is  also going to be screening in Town Gardens Bowl in June, July, August and September

Cult Screens, an open air cinema which holds events in Reading and Oxford is also going to be screening in Town Gardens Bowl in June, July, August and September

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LIGHTS, camera, action - a series of outdoor evening film screenings is coming to Town Gardens this summer.

Cult Screens will be showing a collection of classics and new flicks in the Old Town venue’s Bowl with the audience, of up to 300 people, having a choice of deck chairs and bean bags to sit on.

The company is coming to Swindon after enjoying success in Reading and Oxford with similar projects. The Swindon programme, featuring 12 films, will kick off with a showing of Top Gun on Thursday, June 5 followed by Dirty Dancing on Friday, June 6 and Anchorman on Saturday, June 7.

The other screenings will take place on three consecutive nights in July, August and September.

Phil Cottle, Cult Screens’ head of ideas, said: “We are really excited about coming to Swindon and offering something different to the summer scene in the town. It’s such a fantastic venue and we just couldn’t say no.

“We have been running events in Reading and Oxford for two years and the cinema has become a feature of the summer in both locations and hopefully everyone will really enjoy the experience here too so we are back in Swindon every year.”

Cult Screens, based in Reading, will announce the rest of their film offering in the coming weeks and they have promised a selection equally as iconic as their opening trio.

Phil said: “We are really pleased with the films that we are offering and are looking forward to letting the people of Swindon know our full line up.”

The events will feature music before the films with cocktails and a selection of food on sale. If the weather gets chilly blankets will be available so that visitors’ enjoyment of the films isn’t hampered.

Phil said: “Everyone is looking forward to welcoming the people of Swindon to the Town Gardens’ Bowl and the Cult Screens experience as we think it is a fantastic location with great potential.

“The whole experience is a lot of fun, as we put on some good music before the films and we tend to attract big fans of the films. This makes it a really good atmosphere as the audience really savour being sat in the sun watching their favourite films.

“Things like Dirty Dancing tend to get people showing us a few of their dance moves after they’ve had a few cocktails which all adds to the fun.”

Tickets for Cult Screens’ events go on sale on April 24 and for more information visit www.cultscreens.co.uk.

  • THE new open air cinema in the Town Gardens will not mean the end of the summer Bowl concerts which annually take place in the Old Town park.

Swindon Council is currently working on plans for this year’s gigs with a line-up expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Previous headliners of the Bowl gigs have included Billy Ocean, 10CC, 5ive and Sandi Thom. When the line up is announced tickets will be available from www.swindon.gov.uk.

 

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7:32am Thu 17 Apr 14

Al Smith says...

Excellent idea, lovely location, fairly easy to get to, lots of nice restaurants and pubs nearby. Hope they get good weather and that it's a success.
Excellent idea, lovely location, fairly easy to get to, lots of nice restaurants and pubs nearby. Hope they get good weather and that it's a success. Al Smith
  • Score: 9

9:08am Thu 17 Apr 14

mikeinwanborough says...

And I wonder how quickly the locals in that area will start complaining about the noise, as always seems to be the case whenever anybody tries to put on something for locals to enjoy?
And I wonder how quickly the locals in that area will start complaining about the noise, as always seems to be the case whenever anybody tries to put on something for locals to enjoy? mikeinwanborough
  • Score: 2

12:11pm Thu 17 Apr 14

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Al Smith wrote:
Excellent idea, lovely location, fairly easy to get to, lots of nice restaurants and pubs nearby. Hope they get good weather and that it's a success.
And virtually no parking which is a shame as I like the Old Town bowl as a venue. The car park at the top of Eastcott gets full very quickly.
[quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: Excellent idea, lovely location, fairly easy to get to, lots of nice restaurants and pubs nearby. Hope they get good weather and that it's a success.[/p][/quote]And virtually no parking which is a shame as I like the Old Town bowl as a venue. The car park at the top of Eastcott gets full very quickly. LordAshOfTheBrake
  • Score: -4

1:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

Sounds like a great idea I am sure it will do well. Not the best from a parking perspective but a good idea all the same
Sounds like a great idea I am sure it will do well. Not the best from a parking perspective but a good idea all the same house on the hill
  • Score: -1

1:43pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Al Smith says...

LordAshOfTheBrake wrote:
Al Smith wrote:
Excellent idea, lovely location, fairly easy to get to, lots of nice restaurants and pubs nearby. Hope they get good weather and that it's a success.
And virtually no parking which is a shame as I like the Old Town bowl as a venue. The car park at the top of Eastcott gets full very quickly.
There's also the Planks, Prospect and Hoopers Place/Co-Op all within easy walking distance. More than enough for 300 people, they might even be able to use the P&R.
[quote][p][bold]LordAshOfTheBrake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Al Smith[/bold] wrote: Excellent idea, lovely location, fairly easy to get to, lots of nice restaurants and pubs nearby. Hope they get good weather and that it's a success.[/p][/quote]And virtually no parking which is a shame as I like the Old Town bowl as a venue. The car park at the top of Eastcott gets full very quickly.[/p][/quote]There's also the Planks, Prospect and Hoopers Place/Co-Op all within easy walking distance. More than enough for 300 people, they might even be able to use the P&R. Al Smith
  • Score: 4

2:36pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Brilliant,,,,really hope this works.
Plenty of parking within a short walk lovely park that is under used.

Bite to eat followed by film hmmmm yes please. Top gun shades on big high fives please be a nice day.
Brilliant,,,,really hope this works. Plenty of parking within a short walk lovely park that is under used. Bite to eat followed by film hmmmm yes please. Top gun shades on big high fives please be a nice day. Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: 1

3:31pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Sir Fawn Maker says...

but you've pointed out the flaw in your own argument - parking a short walk -that means most of the bone idle wotsits in this town won't be interested as it means more than 10 steps away.
but you've pointed out the flaw in your own argument - parking a short walk -that means most of the bone idle wotsits in this town won't be interested as it means more than 10 steps away. Sir Fawn Maker
  • Score: 0

4:45pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Badgersgetabadname says...

Sir Fawn Maker wrote:
but you've pointed out the flaw in your own argument - parking a short walk -that means most of the bone idle wotsits in this town won't be interested as it means more than 10 steps away.
True enough....Swindon is obese because?
[quote][p][bold]Sir Fawn Maker[/bold] wrote: but you've pointed out the flaw in your own argument - parking a short walk -that means most of the bone idle wotsits in this town won't be interested as it means more than 10 steps away.[/p][/quote]True enough....Swindon is obese because? Badgersgetabadname
  • Score: -1

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