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Spinningfields gets outdoor films
Spinningfields' Hardman Square
Spinningfields' Hardman Square

The Spinningfields district of Manchester is to become a destination for film buffs and sports fans alike, thanks to a new open air cinema.

The temporary big screen will host a season of 16 free movies showing at 9pm every Thursday night this summer.

The series will open with a showing of The Duchess, which stars Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.

The screen will also show sporting events including Royal Ascot and England's battle for the Ashes.

The film season, which gets under way on 11 June, is a combination of cult classics, Hollywood blockbusters and quirky art house finery.


Amongst the movies on offer are John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's much-loved musical, Grease; the latest James Bond outing, Quantum Of Solace; Mark Hermon's heart-wrenching tale, The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and the Disney-Pixar superhero adventure, The Incredibles.

The quirkier offerings include Michel Gondry's magical leftfield tale of love, The Science of Sleep; the oddball romantic comedy Eagle And Shark, starring Flight of the Conchords' Jermaine Clement; Richard O'Brien's cult musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and James Marsh's Oscar-winning documentary, Man On Wire.

Jenson Button
You can see Jenson Button compete in the British Grand Prix

Alongside the films, the screen will have some of the summer's major sporting events, such as Formula 1's British Grand Prix and some of the British Lions' rugby matches in South Africa.

Summer deckchairs and picnic blankets will be available for hire and the bars surrounding the area will be putting on special outdoor refreshments, but the organisers say that attendees are welcome to bring their own food and soft drinks.

The Screenfields festival takes place in Hardman Square from Thursday 11 June to Sunday 12 September.

Full details on the Spinningfields website.


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