• The Open-Air Cinema in the Cathedral grounds will be open from Weds 26th June to Sat 6th July
  • Expecting 12,000 visitors to the historic Hertfordshire city 20 minutes from London
  • Demand for Abbey Open-Air Cinema prompts organisers to increase festival from 6 days to 11 days this year
  • Abbey Open-Air Cinema will screen family films, blockbusters and iconic films
  • St Albans is the UK's 'film city' - near to major film studios and with an impressive filmmaking heritage 
  • The theme for 2019 is ‘CLASSICS'  

The 2019 St Albans Film Festival has announced it will once more be operating an open-air cinema in the stunning setting of the grounds of St Albans Cathedral in the Abbey Orchard, but this year it will be on for a full 11 days, showing 15 movies.

The film festival - the sixth to be held in the city that opened one of the first cinemas in the country a century ago - is expecting more than 12,000 visitors this year, many of them coming to experience the open-air cinema, which returns for the third year running.

A range of food and drink stalls will once again provide refreshments so the audience can pop open a bottle of bubbly on a balmy summer night to enjoy with their movie.

Tickets are now on sale and some of the classics being screened will include Gladiator, Romeo and Juliet, Grease, Silence of the Lambs, Trainspotting and recent Oscar-winner, Bohemian Rhapsody; sure to become a classic.

The city of St Albans has some serious filmmaking credentials: it was the birthplace of Arthur Melbourne-Cooper; the pioneer of moving pictures, as well as being a second home to Stanley Kubrick.  The city itself has provided the backdrop to many movies, and is located near to the world-famous film studios Pinewood and Elstree.  And it is this authentic film heritage that has made the festival a huge success since 2013.

Matt Bigg, Festival Director along with Leoni Kibbey, says: "We cannot wait to bring the Abbey Open-Air cinema back to St Albans again this year, in the Cathedral grounds.

"Our theme is classics, and we will be showing something for everyone: a ‘chick flick', a family film, a teen movie, and a mother and toddler screening. 

"We think this must be the most beautiful location for an outdoor cinema in the UK - and it's only 20 minutes on the train from London, so we're expecting many visitors from outside the area."

Tickets available from:  www.stalbansfilmfestival.com