The Greatest Showman coming to outdoor cinema at St Albans Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 19:48 20 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:39 23 May 2018

This year's St Albans Film Festival will once again feature open air cinema outside St Albans Cathedral. Picture: Mark Sims.

This year's St Albans Film Festival will once again feature open air cinema outside St Albans Cathedral. Picture: Mark Sims.

Mark Sims

Hit movie musical The Greatest Showman will be screened in the grounds of St Albans Cathedral next month – with ticket holders able to pay what they can to see it.

This year's St Albans Film Festival will once again feature open air cinema outside St Albans Cathedral. Picture: Mark Sims.This year's St Albans Film Festival will once again feature open air cinema outside St Albans Cathedral. Picture: Mark Sims.

The fifth annual international St Albans Film Festival runs from Tuesday, June 26 to Sunday, July 1, with the packed programme including a special open air screening of The Greatest Showman.

The record-breaking movie starring Hugh Jackman as P. T. Barnum will open five days of outdoor cinema in the shadow of St Albans Cathedral.

Films will be projected onto a giant screen in the Cathedral’s grounds every day from June 27 to July 1, with the line-up including family films, Hollywood blockbusters and iconic movies.

Matt Bigg, festival director along with festival founder Leoni Kibbey, said: “We are delighted to be once more holding this fantastic event of open-air cinema in the stunning setting of the Abbey Orchard.

“I cannot believe there is a more beautiful location for an outdoor cinema in the whole of the country.

“We are very grateful to St Albans Cathedral for supporting this event, and allowing the public to watch incredible movies in such an incredible place.”

As part of this year’s open-air season, organisers will be putting on the city’s first-ever affordable cinema.

The screening of The Greatest Showman on Wednesday, June 27 at 3.30pm will be a ‘pay what you can afford’ event.

With ‘speed’ being the 2018 film festival theme, other movies to be shown at St Albans Cathedral include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Bridget Jones’s Diary, and Sing.

The programme also includes Marvel superhero blockbuster Black Panther, Days of Thunder, Talladega Nights, Chariots of Fire and the Oscar-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

2018 ST ALBANS FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

Cinema at St Albans Cathedral

• THE GREATEST SHOWMAN

Wednesday, June 27 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

• FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF

Wednesday, June 27 from 6.30pm to 10pm.

• BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY

Thursday, June 28 from 6.30pm to 10pm.

• SING

Friday, June 29 from 10am to noon.

• BLACK PANTHER

Friday, June 29 from 3.30pm to 6.30pm.

• THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

Friday, June 29 from 7pm to 10.30pm.

• DOUBLE BILL – DAYS OF THUNDER / TALLADEGA NIGHTS

Saturday, June 30 from 6pm to 10.30pm

• CHARIOTS OF FIRE

Sunday, July 1 from 1pm to 4pm.

• For more on the festival and to buy tickets, visit www.stalbansfilmfestival.com

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