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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them open air cinema at Betteshanger Country Park, Deal

By Angela Cole

Hundreds came armed with their picnic chairs, blankets and bubbly in plastic cups to settle down for an evening of cinema under the stars.

The screening of the Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, had been the subject of a public vote by Betteshanger Country Park in Deal, with Disney's Beauty and the Beast coming a close second to it.

And it was clear from the film fans who arrived at the park last night - some also armed with the open air viewing must-have, the laybag, not to mention pyjamas and pet dogs - that they were there to enjoy the film.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne Picture PA PhotoWarner Bros

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne Picture: PA Photo/Warner Bros

A few slight creases in the screen did not deter these film fans from enjoying the movie magic, even when there was a decided chill in the air towards the end: they were there to watch Fantastic Beasts and enjoy.

As with many of these events, there is a usual dash for the car park shortly before the end, as no-one wants to queue to get out, but there was none of that at Deal - we were all in it for the long haul.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Betteshanger is a fabulous setting and we were treated to some spectacular views as the sun set behind the screen. 

 

The sun sets over Betteshanger

The sun sets over Betteshanger

The evening would only have been improved, in our party's opinion by selling some nice, hot chips, something which was surprisingly missing from the caterers' menu.

There's one more chance to catch open air cinema at Betteshanger this season, which returned this year after last year's inaugural season proved so popular. On Saturday, September 16, Tim Burton's adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice Through the Looking Glass, will be the season finale. Visitors are encouraged to create their own Mad Hatter’s Tea Party before the screening at 8pm.

To book tickets, visit betteshanger-park.co.uk

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