Review of 'The Luna Cinema - Royal Hospital Chelsea'

Situated on the back lawn of the “Royal Hospital Chelsea” and accessed via the south gate on the Thames embankment, “The Luna Cinema” is one of the largest outdoor cinemas in London and is operated by one of the biggest outdoor cinema groups. As with everything this year, the name of the game is social distancing with their comfortable director-style chairs arranged on the grass in groups of 2 or 4 (with a sectioned off area for singles), positioned at least 2 meters away from all other chairs. Food and drink is available from a venue to the far right of the arena with street food (though not available due to the weather during our visit) and a bar that included cinema snacks including chocolate and popcorn (they do not mind if you bring in your own food and drink, as long as you have no glass).


The large inflatable white screen is quite visible though when we visited there was a tremendous wind and rain which caused it to significantly buckle throughout the film. Sound is via large speakers throughout the space though in the wind occasionally it was hard to hear.

Bending Screen

We saw 1917 which looked absolutely amazing (and it is also a great film). With the weather we appreciated the rain gear we had brought with us (an umbrella would have been useless and caused sight problems for those behind us).

Though a bit expensive, the staff at the Luna Cinema really know their stuff and have given a lot of thought into their offering this year.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2020-08-25

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Location: London (England)

Address: Royal Hospital Chelsea Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4SR ENGLAND

Public Transport: TUBE Sloane Square

Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7881 5200


Home to the famous red-coated “Chelsea Pensioners”, the Royal Hospital also plays hosts to many events particularly in the large fields on the grounds between the hospital and the river.