Portsmouth Film Society Sunset Open-air Screenings Summer 2019 Press Release

Portsmouth Film Society Sunset Open-air Screenings Summer 2019


Make your folding chairs, rugs, air beds, and picnic-ready for a superb outdoor cinema experience.

This year’s season of summer films screened outdoors by Portsmouth Film Society launches on Friday 7th June with a free showing for families of a film selected by the public for D-Day 75 at 7.00 pm. The following evening, Saturday 8th June, the D-Day film Darkest Hour (2017), with an Oscar-winning performance by Gary Oldman, will be shown at Canoe Lake. Directed by Joe Wright, who made Atonement, another film with a wartime setting, it also stars Kristin Scott Thomas as Churchill’s wife Clemmie. With an opening talk by local MP Stephen Morgan. The Chairman of the Society says:

We are very proud to show outdoor cinema in Portsmouth. Last year our events were very popular because the weather was kind to us. We hope it will be the same again. We are also giving free tickets to seafront residents for Darkest Hour (8th June at Canoe Lake) and The Greatest Showman (29th June at the Bandstand). Also, if we make a profit this summer from Sunset Open-air Cinema, we are going to contribute to the painting of the benches in Canoe Lake Park and the Rose Gardens.

Stephen Morgan MP will be pleased to join us at this event. He has worked alongside Portsmouth Film Society since being elected and is supportive of their work. With a grandfather who left Southsea on their 17th birthday as part of Operation Overlord, he’s proud Portsmouth is the national home to the D-Day 75 commemorations and delighted to be joining fellow local people for the screening of the Darkest Hour.

Showing at Cumberland House Museum Garden on Saturday 15 June is Top Gun (1986), the film that shot Tom Cruise to superstardom. He and director Tony Scott were united in a love of speeding machines, in this case, planes as authentically shot and close to the action as the United States Navy would allow. They joined forces again for Blue Thunder. Tom Cruise as Maverick, Kelly McGillis as Charlie, and Val Kilmer as Iceman, will once more take your breath away.

The first of the summer’s three musicals are Grease (1978), being shown on Southsea Pier on Saturday 22nd June. Directed by Randal Kleiser, this most energetic celebration of summer lovin stars John Travolta as Danny, Olivia Newton John as Sandy, and Stockard Channing as Rizzo. A sing-along with karaoke precedes the film.   

Last summer’s most popular film is back: The Greatest Showman (2017) will be free when screened on Saturday 29th June at the Bandstand. Directed by Michael Gracey, The Greatest Showman stars a singing Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, with Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and Rebecca Ferguson giving fine support. A sing-along precedes the film.

As part of the Bygone Festival, the Society is presenting a free screening of Stanley Kubrick’s celebrated war film Paths of Glory (1957) on Saturday, 6th July at Inn on the Beach, Hayling Island. Produced by its star Kirk Douglas, Paths of Glory is, like All Quiet on the Western Front, and ultimately moving depiction of incidents in the First World War. As well as reflecting on war, we remember director Stanley Kubrick whose work is now being celebrated at the Design Museum in London. The film also features Ralph Meeker, Adolph Menjou and Christiane Kubrick (the director’s billed as Susanne Christian).

Bohemian Rhapsody (2018), the biopic directed by Bryan Singer, and featuring the Oscar-winning Rami Malick as Queen’s frontman Freddie Mercury, will be shown on Saturday 13 July on South Parade Pier. Includes an introductory tribute to Freddie Mercury.  No doubt the pier will rock! This event sold-out already.

The original Mamma Mia! (2008) film will be screened also on South Pier on Saturday 26 July. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, the cast is headed singing Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Julie Walters and Colin Firth singing their way through many an Abba hit, as a young bride-to-be searches the songs to find her father. Come along wearing 70s hippy costumes!

Surprise Screening will follow on Saturday 27th July. Check Portsmouth Film Society’s website: www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk for details nearer the date.

All films, except Darkest Hour (D-Day film starting at 7.30 pm), start at 9.30 p.m.

Doors open at 8.00 p.m.

Ticket prices for open-air screenings

One film: Under 16s:

For all the latest news and screenings, visit:


Please remember: follow PFS from Facebook (pompeyfilms)/ Twitter (Portsmouth films) to get recent updates.