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Natural History Museum releases new programme of Movie Nights for February

Roses are red, violets are blue, the Natural History Museum has a Valentines treat for you! Following a sell-out season of Halloween screenings, Movie Nights returns to the Natural History Museum for three evenings of traditional and not-so-traditional Valentine’s films.

·         Celebrate Valentine’s Day in truly memorable style in the spectacular Hintze Hall, beneath Hope the Blue Whale

·         Pick your favourite from a range of films, from the romantic to the rebellious: The Notebook, Pretty Woman, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Thelma and Louise, A Star is Born and Love Actually

·         Guests will receive complimentary popcorn and free entry to the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition ‘Life in the Dark’, an immersive exploration into nature’s dark side

In partnership with the UK’s leading producer of pop-up film screenings, the Luna Cinema, the Museum is pleased to announce six brand new screenings across three evenings of film on the big screen, set in the magnificent Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum.

On the evenings of 14, 15 and 16 February, couples, singletons, groups of friends and everyone in between can enjoy either the perfect romantic film or a night of anti-Valentines empowerment!  Titles include 90s classic ‘Pretty Woman’, tear-jerker ‘The Notebook’, recent smash hit musical ‘A Star Is Born’ and ultimate rom-com ‘Love Actually’. And for those looking for something a little less lovey-dovey, there will be anti-Valentines screenings of ‘Kill Bill Vol 1.’ and Ridley Scott’s ‘girl-power’ masterpiece, ‘Thelma and Louise’.

The films will be screened in the iconic Hintze Hall, beneath Hope, the 25m Blue Whale skeleton, alongside the ten Wonder Bays spanning over 4.5 billion years of natural history. Every guest will receive a complimentary box of popcorn and access to the Museum’s blockbuster exhibition, ‘Life in the Dark’, anytime from the 14 to the 24 February 2019.

Lucy Woodbridge, Head of Visitor Events at The Natural History Museum, said: “Movie Nights is a truly unique experience - where else can you watch your favourite rom-com whilst surrounded by some of history’s most astounding natural artefacts? We are really excited to be partnering with The Luna Cinema once again following the huge success of our Halloween season. Together, we will be producing a series of romance fuelled screenings which are not to be missed - it’s going to be a special event in an even more special location.”

George Wood, founder of The Luna Cinema, said: “We’re so excited to be teaming up with the Natural History Museum again for our Valentine’s cinema season. After seeing how well received the Halloween screenings at Hintze Hall were, it made perfect sense to host a specially selected series of Valentines films, with hopefully something for everyone, no matter how loved-up you’re feeling! Apart from anything else, Hintze Hall is without doubt one of the most iconic spaces in London in which you can experience a classic film on the big screen.”

Dates and times:      Thursday 14 February / The Notebook (2004) / 19:00

                                    Thursday 14 February Pretty Woman (1990) / 21:45

                                    Friday 15 February / Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003) / 19:00

                                    Friday 15 February / Thelma and Louise (1991) / 21:30

                                    Saturday 16 February / A Star is Born (2018) / 19:00

                                    Saturday 16 February / Love Actually (2003) / 21:55                       

Admission:                £27.75 per person

                                    Members of the Museum receive an additional 10% discount                                                *Transaction fees apply

Nearest tube:             South Kensington




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Movie Nights ticket holders can gain free access to Life in the Dark during Museum opening house from 14-24 February 2019 on presentation a valid Luna Movie Nights ticket. This must not be before the screening.

About The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum exists to inspire a love of the natural world and unlock answers to the big issues facing humanity and the planet. It is a world-leading science research centre, and through its unique collection and unrivalled expertise it is tackling issues such as food security, eradicating diseases and managing resource scarcity. The Natural History Museum is the most visited natural history museum in Europe and the top science attraction in the UK; we welcome around five million visitors each year and our website receives over 500,000 unique visitors a month. People come from around the world to enjoy our galleries and events and engage both in-person and online with our science and educational activities through innovative programmes and citizen science projects.

About The Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema was founded in 2008 by George Wood with a showing of Some Like It Hot at Dulwich Park in South London. In 2019 it will bring more than 175 screenings to over 60 outdoor locations around the UK, making it the largest provider of open air cinema in the country.  Location capacity ranges from 300 to 3000, with a total of 280,000 tickets available. Regular venues include Hampton Court Palace, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace, Leeds Castle, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Hatfield House, Cardiff Castle and Harewood House, to name a few.