Open-air seaside summer cinema is coming to Worthing as the Borough Council continues its programme to make the town a key leisure-time destination.
Denton Gardens will be spectacularly transformed into the town’s first-ever alfresco cinema with a giant LED high-definition screen showing three movies a day between August 10th and 12th.
Famous tunes – some singalong, some not – will waft through the summer air as a selection of famous classic films are aired, some of which will be free to view.
From the famous thrum of danger signalling the approach of Jaws to the King of the Swingers in Jungle Book to the defiant singalong of This is Me from The Greatest Showman, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.
Place and Economy Manager Fiona Burn said: “We’re really excited about putting these shows on for the first time in Worthing. We hope that everyone will find at least one film they like and there’s nothing better then watching them on a big screen under a summer sky.”
Denton Gardens, which will be fenced off, will be the perfect natural auditorium for the shows and cinema goers will be invited to bring their own cushions and blankets or else deckchairs will be available. A full bar and food stalls will also be on offer.
Day-time screenings from 2pm are free and include family favourites such as Horton Hears a Who, Jungle Book (1967), Grease, Top Gun and Titanic. The public are welcome to come and go as they please by the capacity is limited to 499 people at anyone time..
As the sun sets movie lovers will be able to settle in and enjoy classics such as Jaws (Sunday 12th) , sing – along with the soundtrack of the year from The Greatest Showman (Friday 10th) and get stuck into Time Warp classic The Rocky Horror Show (Saturday 11th).
Tickets for evening screenings, priced at £7.50, will be available to purchase in advance from Worthing Theatres Box Office or online at www.worthingtheatres.co.uk.
The cinema forms part of a wider programme of projects by Worthing Borough Council designed to stimulate the town centre’s visitor and night-time economies and promote Worthing as a visitor destination.
Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, said: “I am delighted we are putting these great series of films on. I’d love to see as many people down there enjoying themselves as possible.
“This is all part of our ongoing work on making Worthing a seafront destination. As residents will know we have great plans to modernise and open up our seafront with tree lines streets and alfresco eating. We know that when we build it people will come as we saw when the Worthing Wheel came to Steyne Gardens in the Spring and despite the poor weather thousands queued to ride.
“We have two blue chip restaurant companies looking to open up eateries on the seafront and this year our range of concessions down there is excellent. I’m told paddle boarding is a big favourite.”
As for Cllr Jenkins pick of the films, what would he be going along to?
He said: “Grease is my favourite. I love it because it takes me back to 1978, I was still at school and with a large group of friends we must have gone at least 5 or 7 times over the first few months to see it when it was first released. It was the sheer simplicity and innocence of the film that captivated us.”