The incredibly popular season of open air cinema screenings known as Moonlight Flicks returns to Chester this summer and the line-up of movies to be shown has just been revealed.

The screenings will take place at Chester’s Roman Garden from July 5-August 27 with more than 35 screenings of nine different films, five evenings a week.

The season is programmed by Storyhouse, the city based arts organisation who will run the cultural centre of the same name, currently under construction on Northgate Street in the former Odeon building.

The 2016 Moonlight Flicks season has been announced
The 2016 Moonlight Flicks season has been announced

Thousands of moviegoers can enjoy the season as organisers announce a line-up with everything from 80s classic Dirty Dancing to post-apocalyptic sci-fi Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Also featured in the bill is animated Oscar winner Inside Out, cult hit of 2015 Birdman, romantic drama Brooklyn, iconic road movie Thelma and Louise, tear jerker The Artist, all-time rom-com classic The Philadelphia Story and action adventure Jurassic World.

Alex Clifton, artistic director of Storyhouse, said: “Moonlight Flicks has quickly established itself as a firm favourite in the borough’s summer event calendar. It’s one of those wonderful events that welcomes a real cross section of audiences. We’re very much looking forward to welcoming movie-goers to the charming Roman Gardens once again.’

Dirty Dancing
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in the film Dirty Dancing

As in previous years Moonlight Flicks will use wireless headphones to ensure maximum sound quality. Based on last year’s successful season it is expected that more than 5,000 people will attend the popular outdoor cinema.

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When it opens later in the year Storyhouse will have multiple film screenings a day from its unique ‘lightbox’ cinema structure.

Movies are screened from dusk but times vary. To book and find out more visit

The full list of screenings is as follows:

Tuesday, July 5 - Brooklyn, 8.45pm

Wednesday, July 6 - Birdman, 8.45pm

Thursday, July 7 - The Philadelphia Story, 8.45pm

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Friday, July 8 - Dirty Dancing, 8.45pm

Saturday, July 9 - Mad Max: Fury Road, 8.45pm

Tuesday, July 12 - The Philadelphia Story, 8.45pm

Wednesday, July 13 - Mad Max: Fury Road, 8.45pm

Thursday, July 14 - Dirty Dancing, 8.45pm

Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn
Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn

Friday, July 15 - Brooklyn, 8.45pm

Saturday, July 16 - Birdman, 8.45pm

Tuesday, July 19 - Dirty Dancing, 8.30pm

Wednesday, July 20 - Dirty Dancing, 8.30pm

Birdman starring Michael Keaton and Emma Stone

Thursday, July 21 - Birdman, 8.30pm

Friday, July 2 - Mad Max: Fury Road, 8.30pm

Saturday, July 23 - Brooklyn, 8.30pm

Wednesday, July 27 - Thelma & Louise, 8.30pm

Thursday, July 28 - Brooklyn, 8.30pm

Friday, July 29 - Jurassic World, 8.30pm

Saturday, July 30 - Dirty Dancing, 8.30pm

Tuesday, August 2 - Thelma & Louise, 8.15pm

Wednesday, August 3 - Mad Max: Fury Road, 8.15pm

Thursday, August 4 - Inside Out, 8.15pm

Friday, August 5 - Birdman, 8.15pm

Saturday, August 6 - The Artist, 8.15pm

Tuesday, August 9 - The Artist, 8pm

Thursday, August 11 - Mad Max: Fury Road, 8pm

Friday, August 12 - The Philadelphia Story, 8pm

Chris Pratt in Jurassic World

Saturday, August 13 - Jurassic World, 8pm

Wednesday, August 17 - Birdman, 7.45pm

Thursday, August 18 - Jurassic World, 7.45pm

Friday, August 19 - Dirty Dancing, 7.45pm

Saturday, August 20 - Inside Out, 7.45pm

Tuesday, August 23 - Inside Out, 7.30pm

Wednesday, August 24 - The Artist, 7.30pm

Friday, August 26 - Jurassic World, 7.30pm

Saturday, August 27 - Dirty Dancing, 7.30pm