Observatory Cinema

The Observatory Cinema is a temporary open air cinema atop Bidston Hill. A big screen weekend projects the art of sculpting time in the grounds of Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre: a location historically renowned for measuring natural undulations of tide and time. From this site of scientific observation and lighthouse signals overlooking the Merseyside estuary, AND will curate new waves of cinematic experience. 

Fri 2 July, 4 – 6pm – Song of the Sea, curated by Scalarama Merseyside | Book your plot

Fri 2 July, 7.30 – 10pm – All Light, Everywhere | Book your plot

Sat 3 July, 6.30 – 10pm – The Fog| Book your plot

Sun 4 July, 6.30 – 10pm – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou| Book your plot

A live cinema event that reckons with our industrial past and offers prophetic glimpses of what is to come. 

On site, you will find food and drinks vendors including Cowshed Catering, portaloos and accessible areas. Please note that due to licensing you will not be able to bring your own alcohol or glass to this event. No parking will be available on site except for anyone with access requirements. There is road parking and lay-bys on the way up and then a 5-10 minute walk on an incline up to the Observatory on Bidston Hill.

This event is outdoors, so please dress appropriately – we recommend that you bring your own blankets and cushions to make the most of this experience. We have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group from arrival through to departure.

Tickets are priced at £20 per plot, and each plot comfortably seats up to 6 people. If you have any access requirements, we have a number of wheelchair-accessible plots available (at a concessionary rate, suitable for one wheelchair user plus guests). Please select this option at checkout, or call Ticket Quarter Monday and Friday, 10am – 5pm on 0344 8000 410 to assist with your booking.

For event enquires, email info@andfestival.org.uk

If you have any other access requirements, email access@andfestival.org.uk.

We have taken into account government guidance relating to social distancing, and will safely accommodate you and your group from arrival through to departure. Please bring your own face mask. There will be hand washing / sanitising stations around the site.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Wirral Council and Film Hub North, proud to be part of the BFI Film Audience Network. With further support from Bidston Observatory Artistic Research Centre.

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