Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive Space will become an open-air cinema from Tuesday, July 16 – after nearly 800 people enjoyed outdoor Royal Opera screenings on the seafront.
The area will this summer be host to a bounty of blockbusters including A Star is Born, Avengers Assemble, Pretty Woman and Bohemian Rhapsody.
Royal Opera showings of Romeo and Juliet, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro proved a smash-hit in June and early July.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the attraction is going from strength to strength.
It hosted a networking event for more than 50 members of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce on July 5, where business leaders hear about the Queen’s Drive regeneration project.
Councillor Kevin Blakey, EDDC’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “I was pleased to see that almost 800 people came to the three Royal Opera House screenings at Queen’s Drive, despite the chilly weather for the first event.
“Those who attended enjoyed world-class ballet and opera performances on fine quality audio and video equipment, with plenty of food and drink choices on hand to complete the experience.
“Congratulations to all those involved, and thanks to Exmouth Town Council for sponsoring the evenings. Now for a summer of movies, with something for everyone!”
Film screenings at the Queen’s Drive Space, Exmouth, this summer
- Tuesday, July 16 – A Star is Born (15), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Wednesday, July 17 – Bridesmaids (15), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Thursday, July 18 – Avengers Assemble (12A), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Tuesday, July 30 – Bohemian Rhapsody (12A), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Wednesday, July 31 – How to Train Your Dragon (PG), 2.30pm – 5pm;
- Wednesday, July 31 – Pretty Woman (15), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Thursday, August 1 – Blues Brothers (15), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Tuesday, August 13 – Mamma Mia! (PG), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Wednesday, August 14 – School of Rock (U), 2.30pm – 5pm;
- Wednesday, August 14 – The Greatest Showman (PG), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Thursday, August 15 – Top Gun (12A), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Tuesday, August 27 – The Sound of Music (U), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Wednesday, August 28 – Mary Poppins Returns (U), 2.30pm – 5pm;
- Wednesday, August 28 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s (PG), 7.30pm – 10.30pm;
- Thursday, August 29 – The Italian Job (PG), 7.30pm – 10.30pm.
EDDC leader Councillor Ben Ingham said: “I was very pleased to speak to the Exmouth Chamber of Commerce at the Queen’s Drive Space.
“Phase three of this project will give us the opportunity to make sure local families can visit this part of the seafront the whole year round.
“I believe we must provide some free attractions here as well as think of additional ways to raise money to pay for phase one.
“I am confident we can do all these things. First, we need to see what ideas Wayne Hemingway has come up with. Plus, we may have ideas of our own. Then at some point we will definitely need to consult with local residents.
“Perhaps a public meeting is a good way of making sure we all listen to each other. Then we can make the right decisions.”
More information about events at the Queen’s Drive Space and Exmouth open-air cinema can be found at www.queensdrivespace.co.uk
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