A night under the stars with Dean, Cruise and Broderick


AT the end of May, Stratford-upon-Avon’s Picturehouse cinema will celebrate the Bank Holiday weekend by welcoming back the annual pop-up event with an excellent line-up of films.

Following the success of previous years, the screenings will all take place in a marquee on the Riverside Lawn at Avon Boathouse, beginning from 9pm, or as soon as it becomes dark.

Celebrating 30 years since its release, they will show the 1986 classic Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer on Saturday, 28th May.

Also celebrating its 30th anniversary will be John Hughes’ rebellious comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, showing on Sunday, 29th May.

On Monday, 30th May, is the classic tale of youthful defiance, Rebel Without A Cause, starring James Dean.

The facilities will open at 7pm and while cinema-goers wait for darkness and the screening, they can enjoy a drink from the pop-up bar or rent a boat from Avon Boating at a discounted rate.

Snacks, soft drinks and alcohol will be served throughout the evening. So grab your cushions, rugs and blankets, watch three wonderful evenings of films beside the River Avon.

Tickets can be booked in advance via the Picturehouse website, call 0871 902 5741, or in person on the day.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 14.19.36“WHAT more could you ask for on a Bank Holiday weekend, than to sit by the side of the river with a pint and a good film? One of the films that I’m really excited about is Rebel Without a Cause, one of the most iconic, classic films that came out of Hollywood in the 1950s. One of the reasons I love this film so much is that it is still so poignant now as it was when it was released 60 odd years ago, and captures the angst of teenage life perfectly. Unfortunately, James Dean died before the release of the film, coincidentally through an incident highlighted in the film which only makes the film more evocative. If you can only make it to one of the three excellent films that we are showing, I would whole-heartedly recommend Rebel.”