Roll up, roll up…for one night only, admission to Barnum’s American Museum of Curiosities is free*!
Our popular outdoor cinema, Movie by Moonlight, is returning to Bath’s Royal Victoria Park on Saturday 1st September. We’ll be screening the worldwide musical sensation ‘The Greatest Showman’ (rated PG). Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, the film celebrates the birth of show business and tells the story of a visionary who follows his hopes and dreams, to rise from nothing with his marvelous circus.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Michelle Williams and sing-a-long worthy original songs, it really is one of the greatest shows on earth! So bring along your friends and family and enjoy an evening of musical cinema magic, with the twinkling lights of the city as your backdrop.
Times: The film will start at approximately 8.30pm (or when it gets dark). Gates are open from 5pm, with entertainment hosted by Heart West Country radio presenter, Julian Jones, an hour before the film begins. The event will finish when the film does. Don’t forget to bring warm/extra layers of clothes and a torch for later in the evening!
*Donations: Please note this is a charity event. Whilst you do not need a ticket and entry is free, a donation is very much appreciated (suggested £5 per person – much less than the cinema!). 100% of funds raised on the night will go towards supporting patients and families cared for by the Royal United Hospitals Bath. There will be a bucket collection operating throughout the evening, staffed by our wonderful volunteers.
Security: Movie by Moonlight operates in partnership with RS Security. Bag searches and other security measures will be conducted at the gates and throughout the event, to ensure everyone has a good time. Thank you in advance for your patience. Glass bottles, BBQ’s, and sharp knives (for those bringing picnics!) and other items deemed dangerous will not be allowed onto site, neither will personal stereos or other equipment to amplify music.
Seating: The event is located in a park, on the grass – we recommend bringing something to sit on! There will be an area closest to the screen reserved for blankets only. Guests bringing chairs are kindly asked to seat themselves behind this section.
Food and drink: There will be a couple of local food outlets on site. Fire & Brew will be serving pizza straight from their woodburning pizza oven. Splitscreen Ice Cream Co will be serving dessert straight from their 1964 VW van. Picnics are also welcome, but please note – no glass bottles, BBQ’s or sharp knives (please cut your cakes and quiches in advance!) will be allowed on site.
Toilets: There will be temporary event portaloo’s on site, including one with disabled access.
Recycling & Litter: love the park, leave no trace! MJ Church will be providing recycling and general waste units throughout the site. Please use them, or take your rubbish away with you!
Weather: The show must go on whether it rains or shines! Only gale-force winds will cancel the event.
Getting to Movie by Moonlight
Our site will be based in the Middle Common of the beautiful Royal Victoria Park, just below the Botanical Gardens. Nearest address: Marlborough Lane, Bath, BA1 2NQ.
Walking: The Park is just a short stroll from Bath City Centre. Here are some landmarks you may be able to relate to…
Bath Abbey: 7 mins
Milsom Street: 4 mins
Train and Bus station: 10 mins
Southgate shopping centre: 9 mins
Driving & parking: The closest pay & display car park is Charlotte Street Car Park (BA1 2NE). It’s located directly below the Park and just a short walk up to our site. This car park is long stay but has a set evening charge of £1.50 for vehicles arriving between the hours of 6pm and 8pm.
Public Transport: Bath Spa Train Station and the Main Bus Station are located in the city centre, next to Southgate Shopping Centre – this is where all local and national buses/trains will arrive. From here, walking is the best way to get to the park, but if that isn’t possible there is a taxi rank directly outside the train station entrance. Alternatively catch bus number X39 (towards Bristol) or 14 (towards Weston) from the bus station, both of which have stops just outside the park. Please bear in mind evening operating hours. We can’t wait to see you all there!
With thanks to:
The magic of the cinema is brought to you by Filmair Mobile Cinema Services. Our gratitude goes out to Filmair for enabling us to hold Movie by Moonlight every year.
Our thanks also goes to:
Pictures of the 2015 Movie
Pictures from the 2017 Movie