Floating Movie Theatre Where You Sit In Socially Distant Boats Opens In London

by : Lucy Connolly on : 04 Sep 2020 15:31
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Life’s a little bit different recently: we’re not going out as much, and when we do go out we’re staying a respectable distance away from our loved ones.

It’s no surprise then that this time last year a floating, socially distanced cinema wasn’t really on anybody’s radar. After all, it didn’t need to be – we could just pop down to our local cinema whenever we fancied.


Luckily for you though, it’s certainly on our radar now, with the once-in-a-lifetime cinema launching on Paddington’s Merchants Square, London, on Wednesday, September 2.

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Openaire and GoBoat are inviting hundreds of visitors to enjoy screenings under the night sky on Regent’s Canal with their floating cinema experience most nights this month.

Sponsored by Häagen-Dazs, the floating cinema has the capacity for 128 movie-goers, with 16 boats ready and waiting to take them out onto the water to first tour London’s historic canals before mooring up to enjoy ‘the UK’s first cinematic experience on water’.


Iconic films such as Toy Story, The Lion King, Bridesmaids, Dirty Dancing, Titanic, Mrs. Doubtfire, Back to the Future, A Star is Born and Jaws will all be shown on various evenings until the end of the month. There will also be sing-a-long screenings of Grease, Rocketman and The Greatest Showman.

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The films will be shown on a six-by-three metre LED screen, with each guest provided with noise-cancelling headphones through which the audio will be played to ensure they receive the best possible experience.

Guests will also be able to taste some of the most popular flavours of Häagen-Dazs ice cream ‘to provide a touch of extraordinary indulgence’ during their visit.


Also, if you don’t fancy sailing not to worry because you can enjoy all of the films from the comfort of dry land; organisers will be providing a limited number of deck chairs in the square for those who don’t want to go on a boat.

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If it sounds up your street, don’t hesitate to book now as tickets for the experience are on offer for a limited time only. You can purchase your tickets here.

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Lucy Connolly

A Broadcast Journalism Masters graduate who went on to achieve an NCTJ level 3 Diploma in Journalism, Lucy has done stints at ITV, BBC Inside Out and Key 103. While working as a journalist for UNILAD, Lucy has reported on breaking news stories while also writing features about mental health, cervical screening awareness, and Little Mix (who she is unapologetically obsessed with).

Topics: Film and TV, Cinema, Life, London, Now, UK


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