Calling all eco-conscious film lovers and cyclists: this weekend College Green will be transformed into a pedal-powered outdoor cinema. That’s right, the central Bristol park will be showing cult classics on Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 July as Bristol Cycle Cinema arrives in town.

The unique event is part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover, a programme of nine free film events presented by Bristol UNESCO City of Film and partners across the city centre between June and September 2023, celebrating unique aspects of Bristol’s culture and identity through a range of different screen experiences.

“It promises to be a great family day out and a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects Bristol’s commitment to both film and sustainability”

Bristol Cycle Cinema is delivered by Compass Presents with Cinema Rediscovered, a Watershed project. It will feature back-to-back family-friendly screenings of indie films as well as cult cinema classics, and the chance to hop on one of 40 static bikes generating electricity that will help power the event. 

Showing times

The event is free but ticketed, secure yourself a spot by visiting the website here. The weekend’s schedule is as follows:

Saturday 22nd July

  • 12.30pm: Whale Rider (PG)
  • 2.30pm: The Addams Family (PG)
  • 4.30pm: Up (U)
  • 6.30pm: E.T. (U)

Sunday 23rd July

  • 12.30pm: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (PG)
  • 3.00pm: Singin’ In the Rain (U)
  • 5.20pm: Fantastic Mr Fox (PG)
  • 7.00pm: The Truman Show (PG)

A local affair

“We’re delighted to present Bristol Cycle Cinema as part of Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover – it promises to be a great family day out and a one-of-a-kind experience that reflects Bristol’s commitment to both film and sustainability,” Natalie Moore, Bristol UNESCO City of Film Manager tells us. “Bring your picnic blankets, your comfortable seating and your popcorn, sit back and soak up the summer magic of outdoor cinema – or If you’re feeling more energetic, get pedalling!”

As well as being powered in part by the Bristol public, 50% of the scheduled films have been programmed by Bristol citizens who participated in cinema curation workshops conducted by Compass Presents. 

“We wanted to create an event that not only celebrates cinema but also empowers our community to actively participate in the programming process,” says Compass Presents’ Director Tara Sachdeva. “Through our cinema curation workshops, Bristol citizens had the opportunity to learn about the art of film selection and contribute their perspectives.

“As a result, 50% of the films showcased at Bristol Cycle Cinema are programmed by the very citizens who attended these workshops. It’s about giving our community a voice and creating an inclusive cinematic experience.” 

View all the events in Bristol’s Summer Film Takeover here.