Hundreds flock to Ipswich’s Hollywells Park for Pop Up Pictures’ Great Outdoor Cinema Club

Grease, one of the films screened during Pop Up Pictures' Great Outdoor Cinema Club in Holywells Par

Grease, one of the films screened during Pop Up Pictures' Great Outdoor Cinema Club in Holywells Park, Ipswich

The Great Outdoor Cinema Club’s first visit to Ipswich has been hailed a success.

Also screened, The Lost Boys

Also screened, The Lost Boys - Credit: Archant

Around 300 people saw The Goonies in Holywells Park on Thursday; 500 watched The Lost Boys on Friday and 600 saw Grease Saturday.

“We’ve had a fantastic weekend and we’d like to thank the people of Ipswich for supporting our first pop up in the town,” said Danny Banthorpe, of organisers Pop up Pictures.

“Highlight of the weekend was welcoming our first Ipswich customer through the gate on Thursday evening, Glen Chisholm. the mayor of Ipswich, on a rare night off. The lowlight was at the end of The Lost Boys on Friday evening.

“After a great screening our production assistant accidentally cut the credits during the iconic People are Strange by Echo and the Bunnymen for an announcement. Luckily it wasn’t the first time it was played in the movie but we apologise for cutting the end so abruptly.”

Also screened, The Goonies

Also screened, The Goonies - Credit: Warner Bros

Mr Banthorpe also apologised for any confusion over the event’s food and drink policy, with people told to leave their picnics, drinks and popcorn at home.

“We hope those who attended appreciated the situation. We offer a boutique cinema experience and are a commercial business who hired the park, (it was) not a council run event. Covering our costs also relies on the revenue from the caterers, but we try to balance great quality with competitive prices.”

He thanked Ipswich Borough Council’s events team, the Ipswich Regent box office, his team, stage security, Eclipse light and sound and Oliver’s Pop Up Kitchen.

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Mr Banthorpe confirmed it’s likely Pop Up Pictures will bring the Great Outdoor Cinema Club back to the park next year and wants people to suggest films. The company also plans to return to launch its American-style drive-in movies over the coming months.

Further details will be announced at, and @popuppicturesco on Twitter.

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