Enjoy free outdoor Summer Film Night screenings on London’s South Bank

Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 15:40

A classic film, the open air, and a city skyline. Sounds great doesn’t it? That’s what we thought. Which is why we’ve made it happen. For five weeks our Summer Film Nights series returns, bringing you a different film favourite to enjoy on our Riverside Terrace every Wednesday.

Including cult comedies and much-loved musicals, our five films are presented in partnership with Electric Pedals, and so at each screening you can choose between jumping on one of the bikes to pedal power the projection, or just sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying the film.

Take a look at this year’s film line-up, below. All films get underway at dusk; times below are given as a guide.

Film still from Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
Wednesday 24 July, 9.15pm

Little Shop of Horrors

Ah, the age old story. Boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl loves another. Boy cultivates flesh eating plant until it grows large enough to devour girl’s existing love. The 1986 American rock-musical-comedy Little Shop of Horrors kicks off our Summer Film Night programme with catchy songs and an incredible cast including Rick Moranis, Bill Murray, Ellen Greene, Steve Martin and John Candy.

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Film still from Chicago (2002)
Wednesday 31 July, 9pm


The first musical to win the Oscar for Best Picture in over thirty years, Chicago sees club sensation Velma (Catherine Zeta-Jones) and wanna-be star Roxie (Renée Zellweger) behind bars. But their incarceration can’t stop their pursuit of fame, and with the aid of ace lawyer Billy Flynn (Richard Gere) the two vye for the headlines and the hearts of the public. Domestic homicide never sounded so good, or looked so sensational.

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Coming to America (1988) film still
Wednesday 7 August, 8.45pm

Coming to America

In the middle of Meltdown week at Southbank Centre there could only be one choice, with a soundtrack and score composed by festival curator Nile Rodgers, it’s Coming to America. Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy) of wealthy Zamunda escapes the trappings of nobility and flees to America with his sidekick Semmi (Arsenio Hall) in search of an independent woman who will love him for who he is, rather than for his title. But you’ll never guess what; turns out America and its customs are pretty different to Zamunda; hilarity inevitably ensues. 

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Film still from Moulin Rouge (2001)
Wednesday 14 August, 8.45pm

Moulin Rouge!

A minimalist French language arthouse film about a red windmill. Just kidding, Moulin Rouge! is of course Baz Luhrmann’s over-the-top spectacular celebration of love, cabaret and turn of the century Montmarte, Paris. The film tells the story of young writer Christian (Ewan McGregor), who falls in love with the star cabaret actress and courtesan Satine (Nicole Kidman), and makes a right song and dance about it too.

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Film still from Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
Wednesday 21 August, 8.30pm

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s astounding, time is fleeting, madness takes its toll. The opening lines to The Rocky Horror Show’s signature song Time Warp, actually serve as a pretty good summary of Richard O’Brien’s madcap rock musical. Sweethearts Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) inadvertently stumble on the mansion of Dr Frank-N-Furter where their innocence soon evaporates as they meet a kooky cast of characters including a rocking biker (Meat Loaf) and creepy butler (O”Brien). Still, it’s just a jump to the left.

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There is no need to book in advance for any of our film screenings; all are free to watch on our Riverside Terrace. However, please note that whilst we have some seating available – in the form of chairs and additional deckchairs – we cannot guarantee everyone a seat, so either arrive early to secure your pew, or perhaps bring your own cushion or comfy alternative.


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