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Fun in the sun as Monument Movies returns to Newcastle

Crowds kicked-back in deck chairs to enjoy Disney's Frozen on the big screen in Newcastle City Centre


A touch of winter was felt as crowds basked in the summer sun to watch a family favourite film on the return of an open air cinema season.

Crowds kicked back in deck chairs and enjoyed the hot weather to watch Disney’s Frozen on the big screen in Newcastle City Centre.

NE1’s Monument Movies returned for a six-week stint during the school summer holidays. Free, open air movies will be played every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday throughout the rest of July and the whole of August.

The songs Do you want to build a snowman? and Let it Go echoed down Grey Street as the first film in this year’s, Frozen, was screened.

Mother Nicola Moorhouse said it was a great idea to occupy youngsters for free during the holidays.

The 29-year-old from Shiremoor, North Tyneside, said: “I think it’s brilliant, especially when the weather is sunny like this. It’s great that it’s free and it’s something for the kids. There’s not many things to do that a free during the summer holidays.

“I think it’s great they’re showing modern films, too, not just old ones, which you would more expect at a free event.”

Other movie classics scheduled for summer showings include Grease, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

There will be a Despicable Me double bill on August 5, two Indiana Jones films on August 7 and an ‘80s day on August 19 featuring Gremlins and Top Gun.

The city dentre is also likely to be inundated with teenage girls on August 10 when the One Direction movie This is Us takes to the NE1 big screen.

Stephen Patterson, NE1’s director of communications, said: “NE1’s Monument Movies are a popular summertime feature of Newcastle City Centre’s events calendar. Each year, viewing figures continue to rise and it is now very much an event people look forward to and even get dressed up for.

“Come rain or shine people enjoy sitting in the open air in a NE1 deckchair watching a movie – it’s a great spectacle in itself.”

For all the details of the movie schedule visit www.getintonewcastle.co.uk/monumentmovies .


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