Outdoor Cinema Coming To Scilly This Month

Holgate's Green

Holgate’s Green

Scilly is getting an evening of outdoor cinema on Holgate’s Green.

The Islands’ Partnership is screening the film Jaws on Monday 17th August to coincide with the movie’s 40th anniversary.

Recently Scilly’s tourism body successfully applied for grant funding to develop events and this is the first special attraction arranged by their events team, Zoe Parry and Annie Lethbridge.

Zoe says she’s keen to develop events to enhance the visitor experience.

Outdoor cinema is growing in popularity on the mainland and both locals and holidaymakers will be able to enjoy a special night, sitting on the grass and watching the film whilst enjoying their own snacks and picnics.

There’ll be a licensed bar, too.

Jaws was chosen for nostalgic interest in classic movies and because of its seaside theme.

And Zoe says the IP team are “just dipping their toes in the water” to see if there’s interest in outdoor cinema in the future.

The Strand will be closed off for the evening and Holgate’s Green will be fenced off for safety.

They’ll be able to admit just under 500 people to the film and if it’s a success there could be additional movies shown next year on all of the islands, as the 8x5m screen is easily portable.

Despite the age of the film, 40% of all the income will need to go towards the screening royalties. Tickets are priced at £12.50 for adults and £7.50 for children and are now on sale at the TIC.

Kids under 12 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult.

The event will go ahead even if it’s raining although Zoe says winds exceeding 25mph will stop the show.