Watford’s cinema under stars on the move

Watford's cinema under stars on the move

Watford’s cinema under stars on the move

Watford’s free ‘cinema under the stars’ experience is moving parks on Sunday (23).

Watford Borough Council’s free ‘Big Screen’ has this year been adapted for a “socially spacious” programme of open-air cinema in a Covid-secure settings, instead of the usual town centre location.

The Big Screen returns to the Watford this year, but instead of the town centre, it will be installed at the following parks to make social distancing easier:

Currently (until Saturday) it is at Woodside Playing Fields, then on Sunday it moves to King George V Playing Fields (until Thursday 27), then finally Knutsford Playing Fields, Friday 28 to Monday 31.

Cinemagoers will be able to sit within a “circle” on the grass for a maximum of six people from their social bubble so they can watch the film as a group.

There is a terrific line-up of movies designed to appeal to all age groups, from sing-along Aladdin and family favourite The Lion King, to Star Wars; Rise of Skywalker and Detective Pikachu, full details at

Grab some popcorn and put down a blanket while you watch the films. You can also take your own chair to the event.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said “I’m pleased that we are able to bring our town together in this way and, despite these recent challenges, provide these events free of charge.

“I know these have been tough times for everyone but many of us will enjoy the opportunity to get outside and enjoy one of the fantastic films being shown. People watching one of the films need to follow the health advice and keep apart from other households at the events.”

Photo by Simon Jacobs from previous Big Screen event before social distancing measures were introduced.