Screen On The Green | Free Outdoor Cinema in Newcastle


NE1’s Summer in the City programme launches at the end of June with the welcome return of NE1’s Screen on the Green. NE1’s large, free, open air cinema at Old Eldon Square is the first of NE1’s summertime events which are set to transform the city throughout the summer, designed to give people a vibrant, safe and colourful welcome back to the city.

What's On at Screen on the Green - FREE Outdoor Cinema in Newcastle

As always, double check listings with NE1 Newcastle before heading out as listings can change. There is no need to book - just turn up! Find the screen outside in Old Eldon Square (exit eldon Square at Nandos / Pizza Express and you will see it). There are free deckchairs and some people bring their own picnic blankets. You can bring your own snacks / drinks (no alcohol) or there are plenty of local businesses in the surrounding area where you can pick up a takeaway.


Monday 24th July
12pm Encanto
3pm Toy Story 4

Tuesday 25th July
12pm Coco
3pm Brave

Wednesday 26th July
12pm The BFG
3pm The Lego Movie

Thursday 27th July
12pm Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation
3pm DC League of Super-Pets
6pm Top Gun: Maverick (12A)

Friday 28th July
12pm Kung Fu Panda 3
3pm Mulan (12A)

Saturday 29th July
12pm Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical
3pm The Lost City (12A)

Sunday 30th July
12pm The Angry Birds Movie
3pm Shrek 2

Monday 31st July
12pm Aladdin
3pm Strange World



Tuesday 1st August
12pm The Secret Life of Pets 2
3pm The Jungle Book

Wednesday 2nd August
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
The Incredibles

Thursday 3rd August
12pm Trolls: World Tour
Jungle Cruise (12A)
6pm Elvis (12A)

Friday 4th August
12pm The Greatest Showman

Saturday 5th August
12pm Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore (12A)

Sunday 6th August
12pm Inside Out
Instant Family (12A)

Monday 7th August
12pm Winnie the Pooh
Cheaper by the Dozen 2

Tuesday 8th August
12pm Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Wednesday 9th August
12pm Madagascar
 Minions: The Rise of Gru

Thursday 10th August
12pm Sonic the Hedgehog 2
Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
6pm Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (12A)

Friday 11th August
12pm The Good Dinosaur
3pm Avatar: The Way of Water (12A)

Saturday 12th August
12pm Turning Red
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (12A)

Sunday 13th August
12pm Paddington
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Monday 14th August
12pm Moana
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Tuesday 15th August
12pm A Dog's Way Home
Raya and the Last Dragon

Wednesday 16th August
12pm Bolt
The Railway Children Return

Thursday 17th August
12pm Peter Rabbit
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
6pm Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (12A)

Friday 18th August
12pm Shazam: Fury of the Gods

Saturday 19th August
12pm Beauty and the Beast
Cruella (12A)

Sunday 20th August
12pm *FIFA Women's World Cup Final*

Monday 21st August
12pm Sing 2
Monsters, Inc

Tuesday 22nd August
12pm Maya the Bee 3: The Golden Orb

Wednesday 23rd August
12pm Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Thursday 24th August
12pm Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Ice Age: Collision Course
6pm Jurassic World: Dominion (12A)

Friday 25th August
12pm Dolittle

Saturday 26th August
12pm Mary Poppins Returns
Epic Tails

Sunday 27th August
12pm Finding Dory
Hocus Pocus

Monday 28th August
12pm Happy Feet
Dr Seuss' The Lorax
6pm The Fabelmans (12A)

Tuesday 29th August
12pm Show Dogs
Ron's Gone Wrong

Wednesday 30th August
12pm Chicken Run

Thursday 31st August
12pm Luca
 The Witches
6pm Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (12A)


Friday 1st September
12pm Pokemon: Detective Pikachu

Saturday 2nd September
12pm Pinocchio
Respect (12A)

Sunday 3rd September
12pm The SpongeBob Movie: Out of Water
 The Lion King

This year, there is also going to be a special FREE 'Toddler Takeover' 

A brand-new addition to NE1's Screen on the Green programme, Toddler Takeover takes place at 10:30am on Tuesdays from late July through August with screenings of BBC adaptations of popular books by children's writer Julia Donaldson. 

There'll be storytelling sessions from Seven Stories too alongside picnic blankets to get comfy on and juice cartons for the kids - it's perfect for keeping little ones entertained all summer long!

July Toddler Takeover 

Tuesday 25th July
10:30am The Gruffalo

August Toddler Takeover

Tuesday 1st August
10:30am Zog

Tuesday 8th August
10:30am Stick Man

Tuesday 15th August
10:30am The Snail and the Whale

Tuesday 22nd August
10:30am Room on the Broom

Tuesday 29th August
10:30am Gruffalo's Child

Our Screen On The Green Review from 2016 

This rest of this post is our review from 2016. 

 Have you walked past 'Screen On The Green' in Newcastle yet? Located outside old Eldon Square near Pizza Express, Nandos and Starbucks, you really can't miss the giant screen & deck chairs. 

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.


What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Pet Lamb Patisserie

You aren't allowed to take alcohol to screenings but you are welcome to take along your own snacks from either home or nearby businesses.

As the movies are free, I think supporting local businesses is the least we can do (a trip to the cinema once cost us £60 on tickets alone!) so we decided to head to the Grainger Market before a 12 noon showing of Matilda to pick up a picnic.

First stop was the Pet Lamb Patisserie where the kids were spoilt for choice with the selection of homemade cakes, brownies and treats on offer. We left with 3 treats for £4.50 which considering we paid £4 for just one slice of cake in Scotland last week was a mega bargain.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Pumphreys Coffee

Next, we stopped by Pumphreys Coffee where a large Americano to take out was only £2 - I'd much rather support this local coffee shop than give my ££ to Costa or Starbucks. Please keep them in mind for your next caffeine fix.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Pizza by Slice

Our final stop was Pizza By Slice where you can buy EPIC slices of pizza on a shoestring budget. 4 HUGE slices of pizza fresh from the oven set us back £6.80. I packed the kids some water from home so our lunch total was £13.30 or £3.30 each. Not bad for a 2 course local, homemade lunch plus drinks and a movie!

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer - Grainger Market Picnic

We hot-footed it over to the Screen On The Green with our treats just in time for the movie starting. There still were a few deckchairs available but as I'd packed our picnic blanket just in case, we decided to set up camp on the grass. If you buy Pizza from Slice you need to start eating it pretty quickly as it soon gets cold when out in the fresh air.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

It wasn't all about the treats - the Grainger Market is a fab place to stock up on cheap fruit and these grapes were only 80p!

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

The movie was fab - despite building work, chatter and traffic, everyone could hear and see the screen perfectly. It doesn't feel like it is blasting loud but you also don't struggle to hear at all. The atmosphere was fantastic and some of the kids got up and started dancing when Matilda started working her magic. There are staff around too who regularly walked around and checked everything was ok. If you need the loo (which inevitably my three did) the toilets in Eldon Square near Waitrose are less than a 30 second walk away.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

The kids were impeccably behaved (they saved all their fighting for the bus home) and even though we have watched Matilda approximately 1 million times, it really held their attention. I am definitely going to return a few times over the summer and take my MacBook with me next time to get some work done whilst they watch the movie.

What's on at the Screen On The Green near Eldon Square in Newcastle. Free Movie and Film Listings this Summer.

If you are looking for a very cheap day out with the kids this summer, I honestly cannot recommend catching a movie at Screen on the Green enough - you can easily make a day of it and pair it with a couple of Newcastle's free attractions such as the new Baltic Playground Exhibition, the Quayside Seaside, Ouseburn Farm, the Laing Art Gallery, the Discovery Museum or the Great North Museum.



  1. This looks so cool. I love the idea of the open air cinema. Also the treats you got were a total bargain! I love Pet Lamb making me hungry after I've had breakfast. Katie X

  2. I need to do this on the downtime days we have which to be honest aren't that often over summer as we've jam packed it with stuff but sometimes it's nice to just go and sit and watch a movie outdoors and as you say you can take along your macbook and work whilst the kids are entertained for a couple of hours.

    1. It was lush - I'm definitely doing it a couple more times over summer x

  3. Every year I say I'm going to grab one of those deckchairs and watch a movie but it never seems to happen. Maybe this year will be the year, I love your idea of packing up a picnic from Grainger Market and watching a film (love the new location for the screen as well!)

    SO happy that Labyrinth is being shown, it's literally my favourite film of all time, I was obsessed with it when I was a kid, I used to make all my friends act out scenes from it at break time.

    Gutted that I'll be stuck at work when the Little Mermaid is on (my second favourite film of all time!)

  4. I can't wait until my son is old enough to enjoy outdoor screenings in the summer. As it is I think I'd spend the whole time running after him lol. x

  5. I love going to things like this, must be really fun with kids!

  6. Wow. Pizza and free movies - looks ace!

  7. Wow this is amazing I wish they had something similar in London. Those chairs look comfy too perfect for watching outdoor screenings!

  8. This sounds great, I wish I'd known about this during my recent visit up north. I'll have to remember this next time I'm in the area x

  9. You couldn't make me up a packed lunch for the picnic could you!? Haha. The Grainger market's great for food, I used to get carried away at the fruit shops as everything is so cheap compared to the supermarkets, then I had the struggle of carrying it all home.

    It great that the films are free as it'll help parents keep the cost of the Summer holidays down x

  10. cinema and a picnic outdoors sounds like a great combination to me! #citytripping

  11. The movie location is great (memories of my childhood) but I love your suggestions for treats: will have to let my mam know so she can try them or buy some cakes for me when I next visit.

  12. The cinema is such a great idea- and for free too! I'd be there as much as I could (and would be a great opportunity to catch up on work)..fab array of food too...very important to support local businesses. Thanks for linking #citytripping

  13. What a fun way to spend a day - and a total bargain for the picnic too. I love the idea of lounging outside watching a film and nibbling something delicious (if only I were a little closer!) Thanks for linking up to #citytripping

  14. How nice to have kids friendly events like this in town! I would be camping there for sure if we had something like this in Singapore. #CityTripping


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