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The Tower of London to screen movies in its moat for cinema fans this summer

Cinema has always been about epic landscapes and compelling stories and it doesn’t get any more cinematic than the Tower of London. It seems appropriate that this summer the Tower’s moat will be transformed into an outdoor cinema for the public to enjoy.

Tower London outdoor cinema artist rendering
Star Wars will be shown outside the Tower of London this summer. Image by Luna Cinema Instagram

The Tower of London will be open to cinema fans for three days only between 9-11 August and will showcase Gladiator, Star Wars – the Force Awakens and Romeo + Juliet; three movies specially designed to complement the Tower’s compelling history and iconic architecture. The project is the brainchild of Luna Cinema, a production company specialising in outdoor cinema events all over the UK. Previously they’ve held events in other iconic locations like Kensington Park, Hampton Court Palace and Knebworth House.

Of course, a British summer is not always the most pleasant experience, so attendees are advised to check the weather forecast in advance as the events will go ahead rain or shine. It gets chilly after the sun sets but you can bring your own food, alcohol and blankets to warm up with. Other locations being used as part of Luna Cinema’s 2016 season include Ascot Racecourse and Warwick Castle. The new season launches today at 10am and tickets will cost £17.50 for adults and £13.50 for children aged up to 15.

This is not the first foray into screenings for the Tower of London as it hosted the Game of Thrones premier last year. It was also temporarily home to the spectacular art installation marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I with thousands of ceramic poppies in 2014.