Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Big Screen in Big City; Films Shown in Open Air Street Cinema

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Big Screen in Big City; Films Shown in Open Air Street Cinema

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Byline: Kim Carmichael

FILM fans will be able to enjoy a summer of cinema classics after the announcement of a programme of open air screenings.

Monument Movies is set to launch at Grey Street Gardens, bringing classic films to Newcastle City Centre for the next six weeks.

The programme, created by business improvement company NE1 Ltd, will see Tuesdays and Thursdays devoted to film with screenings of classic movies three times a day on a giant outdoor screen.

All screenings will be free - with family-focused films during the day and movies for an older audience in the evening.

The programme will kick off with a showing of the Abba musical Mamma Mia on Tuesday night.

The new garden area at Grey's Monument will be turned into an open air cinema, complete with a giant, state-of-the-art film screen and seating area.

A total of 36 individual films will be shown throughout the summer, including Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, The King's Speech and Casablanca.

To accompany the first day of the programme, entertainment will start on Tuesday at 5pm with an Abba tribute band before the film screening at 6pm.

NE1 Ltd worked closely with Newcastle's Tyneside Cinema to tap into its movie archives to bring the film classics to a city centre audience.

With three screenings each day at noon, 3pm and 6pm, organisers say the atmosphere will be fun and relaxed.

Film fans are encouraged bring rugs and umbrellas and rows of NE1 deckchairs will be laid out in the new summertime park.

Popcorn will also be available from the Tyneside Cinema on, Pilgrim Street, so people can enjoy the full movie experience.

Stephen Patterson, commercial manager at NE1 Ltd, said: "We want people to come into the city and enjoy all that's on offer and most of all to have fun.

"Throughout the summer we've got some of the best kids films and some adult classics too - all to be enjoyed in NE1's new Grey Street Gardens. …

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