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Maidstone: Disney's The Jungle Book could be first open-air cinema event in Whatman Park

By Joshua Coupe

Films fans will soon be able to enjoy family favourites under the stars as an open-air cinema is announced for the County Town.

Talks to secure a licence are ongoing, but organiser Visit Maidstone hopes to be able to show the 2016 re-make of Disney’s classic The Jungle Book. The alfresco event will be held in Whatman Park on Sunday, August 28.

It follows a successful event hosted by Luna Cinema in the park on the same bank holiday weekend in 2014. More than 750 people bought tickets to watch Grease.

An open-air cinema is planned for Maidstone
An open-air cinema is planned for Maidstone

Audience members can bring picnics, chairs and drinks, but there will be vendors offering soft drinks and ice cream at the site, off James Whatman Way.

Tickets will be available from the Hazlitt Theatre in Rose Yard, Maidstone, next month.In April, a similar event was announced for Kings Hill.

Estate residents and event planners Joanna Hillcock and Lucy Cumming will put on Dirty Dancing at the Kings Hill Sports Park in Beacon Avenue on Friday, August 12.

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