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Outdoor Cinema

A wide shot from above of the Outdoor Cinema on the Sculpture Court of the Barbican Centre, with a seated audience facing a screen

This summer, come along to a week of open-air screenings, all set within our spectacular architecture.

Be amazed by Pina Bausch's unique choreography in Wim Wenders' Pina; immersive yourself in a double-bill by Floating Points, featuring the work of  visual artist Julie Mehretu and filmmakers Trevor Tweeten and Anna Diaz Ortuño and get invested in the vital works of eco-art including pieces by Himali Singh Soin, David Soin Tappeser and Mexico's Colectivo Los Ingrávidos

Kicking off a weekend of many romances, we have Sally Potter's landmark ode to self-love Orlando starring the impeccable Tilda Swinton, followed by the stylish obsession of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, concluding with a holiday romance that's just the right amount of bittersweet, in David Lean's gorgeous Summertime, with Katharine Hepburn

 

 

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Event info

Information might change closer to the events taking place, so it’s worth double checking nearer the time, and we’ll be in touch with the most important information before your screening. 

Coming to the screening 
It’s first come, first served with seating – you can claim your seats up to an hour before the screening. Seat pads are available, although you're welcome to bring your own if you prefer to, or to be extra comfy.
 
You’ll be given a pair of headphones to listen to the film through; there won’t be any speakers outside. You’ll collect these on arrival and hand them in on the way back. 

We can’t provide blankets, but we advise you to bring one along, as well as a jacket or coat and anything else you’d like to have with you after sundown, as it’ll get chilly.
 
Please don’t bring large bags or lots of stuff with you, as there’s no cloakroom available.
 
Come in up to 15 minutes after the advertised start time. Staff members are there to help you find an available seat. If you arrive late, you’ll be missing the film – we’re punctual!

You’re free to take pictures of the screening area until the film begins, but after that, please don’t take photo or video once the film has started - the same piracy rules apply as they would for an indoor cinema. Also, please respect the privacy of our residents and your fellow audience members. 
 

Food and drink
In the Conservatory a Bonfire pop up will serve burgers, fries and nachos to enjoy before the screening as well as a bar serving drinks. Only food and drink bought on site can be eaten and drunk on site. Glass bottles aren’t allowed for the safety of you and fellow audience members.

Access
Outdoor Cinema is wheelchair accessible: there is a ramp leading to the screening area. Please let us know in advance if you need assistance by emailing us at [email protected]
Assistance dogs are welcomed (but no pets, sorry!)

If there’s rain 
We’re at the mercy of the British summer. If the forecast looks like rain, we recommend you bring waterproof clothing. We’d ask you not to bring umbrellas though, so the person behind can still enjoy the film. 
We’ll cancel and refund if the weather is deemed to be extreme or unsafe. If that happens, you’ll receive an email from us. 
 
Social distancing 
This open-air event isn’t socially distanced. Take a look at our Covid safety information. 

Finding the Sculpture Court

Just arrive through our main entrance and the Sculpture Court is up on level 3, just outside the Art Gallery. If you’re unfamiliar with our venue, don’t worry – we’ll provide directions on how to get here nearer the time. 

Finally, we’d ask you to remember that the Outdoor Cinema is in a residential area, so we’d kindly ask you to be as quiet as possible when you’re leaving.