film fun with summer nights

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Summer Nights is back for a fifth year in 2015 with eight locations and a choice of 11 different films.

From feel-good classics, family friendly movies, to contemporary comedy, sci-fi and musicals, it’s there for you, presented on a 12-foot screen by QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film.

Summer Nights Festival screenings offer the chance to enjoy the great outdoors for a unique cinematic experience. The expanding festival includes three venues in Derbyshire; Kedleston, Calke and Hardwick, plus Wollaton Hall in Nottinghamshire, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, Belton House in Lincolnshire, with Baddesley Clinton in Warwickshire and Blickling Estate in Norfolk as additional new venues for 2015. The festival runs from Friday, July 24, until Saturday, September 19.

Kedleston Hall kicks off the tour with two screenings in July, Drama, music and romance are the order of the day in Dirty Dancing, as Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman spends summer in a holiday camp and falls in love with dance instructor Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze).

Interstellar is Christopher Nolan’s first film since The Dark Knight Rises, and is the tale of a crew of space explorers, who use a newly discovered worm hole to surpass the limitation of space travel and embark on an interstellar voyage.

It stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck and Michael Caine. Dirty Dancing (12A) screens on Friday, July 24, Interstellar (12A) screens on Saturday, July 25. Doors will be open from 7pm.

Wollaton Hall is the setting for three screenings in August. Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa, Steve Coogan’s comic creation, is working at North Norfolk Digital radio station when they are taken over by a giant media corporation.

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One disgruntled employee (Colm Meaney) takes the station hostage and only Alan and his chatting skills can save the day. The Dark Knight Rises is director Christopher Nolan’s return to Gotham City, shot in the grounds of Wollaton Hall and back for a third year. Christian Bale stars as Batman. Dirty Dancing (12A) also screens on Friday ,August 28; Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (15) screens on Saturday, August 29, and The Dark Knight Rises (12A) screens on Sunday, August 30, Doors will be open from 7pm for all screenings.

For full details on the season, see or call 01332 290606.