The Edinburgh Film Festival will host a huge open-air cinema that you can visit for free
The cinema goes outdoors this summer as the Edinburgh Film Festival announces its new screen in St Andrews Square.
As life begins to return to normal, EIFF will be hosting a week of open-air cinema in the city center that you can attend for free.
Scheduled to run August 19-25, the program will feature a host of cult classics and family favorites that will be screened all day every day of the week.
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A tempting selection of food and drink will also be on offer to visitors, with a series of trucks set up around the square. These will include a range of Johnnie Walker and Innis & Gunn, as well as an adorable Pcco Prosecco stand.
Films that will make an appearance will include Frozen – the Sing Along and The Wizard of Oz, as well as the Star Wars series.
Later screenings will also include features like Bridget Jones Diary, Mamma Mia, and even Casablanca.
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Speaking of the outdoor festival, Nick Varley, Senior Guest Programmer for EIFF and Film Fest in the City, said: “This year our Film Fest in the City screenings are simply a celebration of the big screen.
“After a year of closed cinemas and private viewers of the shared experience that only cinema brings, we are delighted to present a selection of films that we believe represent the true meaning of big screen entertainment. who are looking for a theme or meaning in the selection let’s just say it’s cinema for cinema, enjoy!
With tickets available for booking starting July 29 (July 28 for Filmhouse members), you can find the full schedule here:
Thursday August 19
12 p.m. The Wizard of Oz (1939, U) – starring Judy Garland as Dorothy, the award-winning Wizard of Oz is one of the most famous musical fantasy films of all time and remains a family favorite.
2:45 p.m. (1995, 12) – a teen classic with Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a wealthy high school student learning to cope with adolescence and her newly discovered feelings for Josh (Paul Rudd).
5.30 p.m. Ferris Bueller‘Day off (1986, 12A) – one of John Hughes’ greatest films, this is a teenage comedy classic about a high school slacker played by Matthew Broderick who misses school for a day in Chicago.
8:15 p.m. Stars Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977, U) – The first installment of the original Star Wars trilogy, it follows Luke and Han Solo on a mission to save Princess Leia.
Friday August 20
12 p.m. The Goonies (1985, 12A) – a classic adventure comedy following a group of marginalized youth on their adventure in search of treasure…
3 p.m. Hourly class (2019, 12A) – A cinematic version on one screen, in partnership with Edinburgh Art Festival, of Lessons of the Hour by Isaac Julien, a poetic meditation on the life and times of the visionary African-American speaker, philosopher, intellectual and self-liberated freedom fighter, Frederick Douglass.
6:00 p.m. Edinburgh talks about Jamie – A unique and inclusive outdoor celebration event leading up to the Special Preview of Everybody’s talking about Jamie at the Festival Theater. Expect drag queen entertainment and cocktails. Those dressed to impress will have a chance to win prizes for the best outfits.
8:30 p.m. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975, 12A) – cult horror musical, a parody tribute to sci-fi and B horror films from the 1930s to 1960s.
Saturday August 21
11 a.m. Fat (Sing) (1978, PG) – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John sing and dance in this final ode to the young love who never dies.
2 p.m. Mum Mia! (2008, PG) – one of the most successful musicals of recent times, an award-winning tribute to the music of ABBA, with a star-studded cast including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan.
5 p.m. Wild Hunt (2016, 12A) – EIFF Young Programmers Selection; an adventure comedy by Taika Waititi that follows a boy and his adoptive father (Sam Neill) as they become the subjects of a manhunt after getting lost in the New Zealand wilderness.
7:15 p.m. Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980, PG) – Widely regarded as one of the best sequels ever made, this opus takes us to darker and more sinister parts of the Empire…
Sunday 22 August
11am Frozen (Singing) (2013, PG) – Disney’s biggest hit of recent times, an already cult, award-winning animation based on Andersen’s Frozen, it follows the adventures of sisters Elsa and Anna.
1:45 p.m. ET the alien (1982, U) – a classic film by Steven Spielberg, it tells the touching story of an unlikely friendship between a boy and a kind alien stranded on Earth.
4:45 p.m. Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983, U) – a triumphant, action-packed finale to the trilogy that sees Luke attempting to bring his father back to the light side of the Force.
8:00 p.m.Amelie (2001, 15) – Selection Young EIFF Programmers; with Audrey Tautou, this charming French romantic comedy tells the story of a shy and naive young woman who decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
Monday 23 August
12 p.m. A league apart (1992, PG) – Tom Hanks, Madonna and Gena Davies star in this sports comedy telling a fictional tale of the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
3 p.m. Restless Amerindians (1985, PG) – a Scottish classic that follows two Edinburgh teenagers from Wester Hailes who rebel against their boring lives and become modern highwaymen.
5:30 p.m. Bend It Like Beckham (2002, 12) – a romantic sports comedy starring Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley, it follows an 18-year-old girl who, against her parents’ wishes, joins the local football team.
8:30 p.m. Bridget Jonesthe diary of (2001, 15) – a cult romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis and starring Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant, based on the best-selling novel by Helen Fielding.
Tuesday 24 August
12 p.m. Singing in the rain (1952, U) – one of the greatest musicals to ever make, it traces the history of the film industry’s transition from silent to ‘talkie’, starring and directed by the one and only Gene Kelly.
2:45 p.m. Murder on the Orient Express (1974, PG) – adaptation of the famous detective novel by Agatha Christie, directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Albert Finney as Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
5:45 pm Moulin Rouge! (2001, 12A) – Oscar-winning romantic jukebox musical by Baz Luhrmann, starring Ewan McGregor as a poet who falls in love with Moulin Rouge star, cabaret actress and courtesan, Satine (Nicole Kidman).
8:45 p.m. Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, 15) – an extremely quoted classic coming-of-age drama with Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason-Leigh and notable cameos from Nicolas Cage and Eric Stoltz marking their screen debut.
wednesday 25 august
12h Casablanca (1942, U) – arguably one of the best films ever made, a classic romantic drama starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman with the backdrop of WWII.
2:45 p.m. Insomnia in Seattle (1993, PG) – The queen of romantic comedy, Nora Ephron’s impossible to resist classic starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks ranks among the best of its kind.
5:30 p.m. Lacquer (2007, PG) – A new take on the 1988 John Waters classic, this version sees John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken, among others, reimagining the compelling story of a teenager who unexpectedly becomes a star from television.
8:15 p.m. Superman (1978, PG) – This special screening of the original Superman film starring the unforgettable Christopher Reeve is a tribute to recently deceased director Richard Donner.