Screenfields returns this week

Michael Hunt

Manchester city centre's free open air cinema at Spinningfields will resume for the summer season on Thursday evening.

Screenfields attracted over 62,000 film-goers last year and will kick off this year's film festival with British film Control, the biography of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis, on Thursday 20 May at 8.30pm.

Screenfields will show a mix of classics, comedies, and dramas every Thursday evening from May to September.

This year's films include 1980s classics Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Dirty Dancing and Stand By Me.

Sporting events including Wimbledon and selected World Cup matches will also be shown on the 16.5 ft x 10 ft screen located in Hardman Square, within Allied London's Spinningfields.

New this year is the Screenfields' Family Film Club, screening family films at 11am every Saturday during the summer holidays. Screenfields will also be showing a special one-off screening of Jurassic Park on Sunday 1 August in partnership with the Family Friendly Film Festival.

Popcorn will be available for all film-goers and the screenings can be enjoyed with a drink from Giraffe's outdoor bar, food from Carluccio's gourmet barbecue or a special hamper for two, costing £25 when pre-ordered 24 hours in advance from Carluccio's at Spinningfields. Film-goers can hire summer deckchairs and picnic blankets for a small rental fee.

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