Mystery over Preston venue for outdoor cinema plan

IN MOTION: Preston's Flag Market became an outdoor cinema as part of Familyfest last year, which had a different organiser.
IN MOTION: Preston's Flag Market became an outdoor cinema as part of Familyfest last year, which had a different organiser.
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Families and film lovers are to gather in a mystery city location, as an outdoor cinema heads to Preston.

Hype is building after the announcement that al fresco films would be screened in locations across the country this summer.

TAKING IN THE ATMOSPHERE: Enjoying the films at Familyfest last year.

TAKING IN THE ATMOSPHERE: Enjoying the films at Familyfest last year.

Movie fans can now register for the Preston event on June 5, but mystery still surrounds details of the venue.

Teasing supporters on Facebook, organisers The Outdoor Cinema said: “The Outdoor Cinema is coming to Preston!!

“Watch films under the stars and experience a night to remember.”

About 9,000 people have already said they are going to the event, despite the limited information revealed.

We are doing Family Fest again this year but we have changed our model so there’s plenty of scope for this event.

Mark Whittle

Mark Whittle, of Preston Business Improvement District (BID), said: “If it is in the city centre and it is well-planned and people are looked after and it’s a professional event then we welcome it.

“Last year we set the ball rolling with Family Fest.

“We set up an outdoor cinema, we did it with a covered grandstand, we had the UK’s biggest, brightest LED screen, it was free of charge and we invited people right across Lancashire to come to Preston.

“We are doing Family Fest again this year but we have changed our model so there’s plenty of scope for this event.”

Last year, more than 1,200 people enjoyed free movies as Preston’s Flag Market was transformed into a mini carnival arena as part of Family Fest.

The event, staged on the Flag Market, was a free day-long extravaganza, including a free cinema.

Seats were set up underneath the Harris Museum and a giant screen placed on the Flag Market.

The programme included screenings of Disney’s Frozen, The Lego Movie, The Chronicles of Narnia and the original version of Willy Wonka and Chocolate Factory.

Characters from the films were wandering around the arena chatting to children and posing for photographs.