Open air cinema comes to Moor Park this weekend

The big screen comes to Preston's biggest park on Sunday when the city council stages its first open air cinema.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 24th August 2017, 8:48 am
Updated Monday, 11th September 2017, 12:51 pm

Hundreds are expected on Moor Park for the free show, with organisers hoping the weather stays kind for a three-film bill starting at noon.

“It’s the first time we’ve done this on Moor Park and it is something we would like to continue with in the future,” said Rita Whitlock, cultural officer for the council’s events team. “Of course it depends on whether Sunday is successful. We don’t know what to expect, although there has been quite a bit of interest so far.”

Three blockbusters will be shown, starting at 12pm with The Incredibles, which has a U classification (suitable for all ages).

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At 3pm, The Guardians of the Galaxy will be showing. Parents are advised this is rated 12A. And the final film will be Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has a 12 certificate.

While tickets have been issued, it is free admission and cinema lovers can just turn up on the day.

“We’ve had quite a few people requesting tickets so far, but that was just to try and gauge how many might be turning up,” explained Rita.

“There is no problem if people just turn up without tickets. We could get 600 coming along, or maybe a lot more.

“It’s fingers crossed for the weather because that will obviously have a big bearing on how many turn up.”

Entertainment will also be provided between movie showings. Catering vans will be on site - the big screen will be sited on the car park opposite the football stadium - or filmgoers can take a picnic.