31 August 2021


FAMILY FAVOURITES and award winning flicks are heading to the big screen this week, as open-air cinema comes to Sunderland. 

Sunderland BID is hosting Movies at the Minster at Minster Park from 4 to 5 September, in partnership with Sunderland City Council.

And the weekend will have something for all ages, including Disney classics, acclaimed musicals and box office hits.

The event, which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and Northern Powerhouse, will kick off with Moana at 1pm on Saturday, followed by The Greatest Showman at 3pm.

Those sticking around for the evening showing can enjoy biopic Bohemian Rhapsody at 6pm, based on the life and successes of Freddie Mercury and Queen.

The following day starts a little later, with The Secret Life of Pets at 1.30pm, before a screening of Aladdin at 3pm and hit 70s romcom, Grease, closing the weekend at 6pm.

And Sunderland favourites Mr Wood Fire and The Sweet Petite will be on hand to provide film fans with a bite to eat during the showings.

Sharon Appleby, Chief Executive at Sunderland BID, hopes film buffs of all ages will make the most of the free screenings.

“There’s something really special about open air cinema and we’re delighted to be bringing the big screen to the city, set against the stunning background of the Sunderland Minster,” she said.

“We have some really popular family favourites playing during the day and the event is free to attend, so it’s a great choice for anyone looking for something to do with little ones over the weekend.”

Seating is limited so visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs and alcohol should not be consumed on site.

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