Cliftonwood Open Air Cinema returned with great show!

After a three year break, our special September get together had a tricky comeback.  We postponed by a week because of the Queen’s death and a rainy day, but the screening went ahead on the 16th September on a gloriously sunny autumn evening.

The Greatest Showman, a family-friendly musical, was a hit with our audience of 150 people.  And the donations we collected towards installation of a defibrillator in Cliftonwood with the Community Heartbeat Trust contributed significantly to our target of £2,500.

The Lion pub supplied delicious takeaway food and drink for the evening.   And the ‘Glitter Girls’ – local teens who ran a glitter face-paint table – were a big hit.

Ahead of the film, we heard from Rachel McNally of the Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association, and Katy Grant, our local Councillor and neighbour, who also helped us judge the fancy dress competition.  Prizes were awarded to the well-deserved winners, 7 year old Niko and his auntie Konstantina and another young ringmaster, Kip Horwood.  What great circus costumes to match the theme of the evening! 


We would like to thank lots of people who helped with this year’s event:

  • Chris Baker and Film Bathwho provide the projection equipment and arrange the film licencing for us from FilmBank.  
  • Jane Murch at Films@59 for stage lighting
  • Hotwells Primary School for loan of chairs
  • Bridget Pairaudeau and Andrew Iles for their electricity.
  • Andrew & Jan Wotton for access to their garden to rig the screen
  • Our ‘riggers’ Dick Willis, Clif Weeks, Mark Hicks and Ben Southwell
  • Our poster designer JJ Weeks
  • Our Health & Safety and Lost Children’s expert, Fiona Willis
  • Bekah Murray for chair transport
  • Pippa Box for organizing the Glitter Girls, Nelle Cameron, Tuva Grimshaw , Matilda Little and for stewarding
  • Sharon Tanton for taking photographs
  • Rachel McNally and Katy Grant for being our MCs.
  • Our stewards – Rachel, Clif and Pippa.

This event can only happen with support from the community.  We’re always keen to hear from people who can help out with organization in the months leading up to the night.  If you’re interested, please contact Emma Peddie.

Big thanks to our main sponsors, Alexander May, local estate agents who generously funded the event; and Spar Hotwells and Red Pizza Company who provided prizes for the fancy dress competition.


A bit of history…

The Hotwells & Cliftonwood Community Association has been running this event since 2005.  We started it as a fund-raiser for the park’s new play equipment.  It was so popular that we carried on every September, with only a couple of postponements because of bad weather.   And then Covid struck and we had to cancel in 2020 and 2021.

We’re very grateful to Chris Baker and Film Bath who provide the projection equipment and arrange the film licencing for us from FilmBank.  

We also couldn’t run this event without the help of Fiona and Dave from The Lion pub who provide such delicious take away food and drink – and toilets – every year.

And our thanks go to the many local businesses who have sponsored this event over the years.

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