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Open air cinemas are the way forward this summer, but let’s face it: there are only so many times you can see Joker or Grease before you’re a little tired of the concept. Which is why we got excited when the Royal Opera House announced their latest venture, Cinema on the Piazza.

The iconic (and famously indoors) opera house has teamed up with Luna Cinema and Covent Garden and will use the large screen event to show their productions of Swan Lake, Alice in Wonderland and La Bohème right from Covent Garden. The seating is socially distanced, obvs, and audience members can sit in twos or fours.

Tickets are complimentary and it is hoped it will help revive the prospects of one of London’s hardest-hit areas, Covent Garden. Businesses in the area have been hit by unrelentingly and over-inflated rents over recent years but have now seen post-lockdown footfall plummet to a dribble as tourists dry up and workers continue to WFH. While other areas have boomed, Covent Garden has so far struggled to give visitors a reason to return. Perhaps Cinema in the Piazza is it?

As well as showing the three ballet productions, the Royal Opera House will use the cinema for the arguably less high-cultured Mrs Doubtfire, Back to the Future and  The Greatest Showman.

Cinema in the Piazza pops up this coming weekend, in collaboration with Luna Cinema, kicking off with La Boheme on Friday 11th September at 5pm and ending on Sunday 13th September with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Complimentary tickets are available here…

Update: they’ve just sold out! We’ll let you know if they release more. Though we wondered what’s to stop you taking a camping stool and a thermos and setting yourselves up just beyond the roped-off area?

The Royal Opera House will also use the cinema for the arguably less high-cultured Mrs Doubtfire, Back to the Future and  The Greatest Showman.