Watching a classic film is a great way to relax with family and friends, and there’s something romantic and charming about unfurling your picnic rug, propping up your cushions and nestling down for a good flick in an open-air space. In Dubai, we’re lucky enough to have the weather for it (even though it’s starting to get a tad sticky) and many of these screenings are free, so it’s even better value. All you have to do is decide what you want to watch.
Reform Social & Grill This British gastro pub hosts weekly classic film screenings in the garden of the restaurant. In keeping with its trendy British theme, Reform Social & Grill has dedicated some of this month’s film line-up to quintessential British actor Hugh Grant. The garden has a stylish casual décor and is popular with families. Films are free to view but food or drink must be purchased. You can snack on popcorn and hotdogs while the film plays, or order from the main menu and have it brought out to you. Screenings at Reform Social & Grill will go on throughout the summer. Coming up next: May 20: Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. May 27: Mamma Mia! Free with purchase of food or drink. Tues 8pm. Ongoing. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes, Emirates Hills, www.reformsocialgrill.ae (04 454 2638).
Emirates Golf Club Check out Friday Poolside Movie Nights at the Emirates Golf Club. If you haven’t already discovered this movie night, be sure to do so before it closes for the season. Here, film lovers can enjoy two classic movies a night. The first event on the bill is generally a family film or animation, and once the kids have nodded off, the grown-ups can watch something with a few more scares and action. The screenings are set by the golf club’s rather attractive poolside, and you can kick back on a lounger with a complimentary bag of popcorn til your heart’s content. Coming up next: May 23: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and Deep Blue Sea. May 30: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askerban and Anaconda. Free. Fri 7pm. Until May 30. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills, www.dubaigolf.com (04 417 9999).
Wafi The ancient Egyptian-style mall and entertainment complex makes the most of its large courtyards and gardens and puts on a weekly Movies Under the Stars event on Sunday evenings. The vibe is super-relaxed as everyone pulls up a bean bag and snuggles into position for the flick. It’s an easygoing night out at the start of the week. This series will finish on Sunday May 25 with Will Smith drama Seven Pounds. Coming up next: May 18: You Again. May 25: Seven Pounds. Free. Sun 8pm. Until May 25. Pyramids Wafi Mall, Oud Metha, www.wafi.com (04 324 4100).
LOCO’MOTION Established by social entrepreneur Vikas Punjabi, the community cinema event has been inspiring visitors to Safa Park since October. The last event before the weather hots up is on Saturday May 17. The films all have an uplifting and creative theme, which lends itself nicely to the idyllic park. All the films are family-friendly, just be sure to bring something comfy to sit on. Coming up next: May 17: Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets. Free. May 17. 7pm. Safa Park, Gate 5, www.facebook.com/locomotionuae (no number).
La Playa Beach Lounge An exciting newcomer to Dubai’s entertainment scene is a full-size outdoor screen on JBR’s beach. It is the first in the UAE and it’s so good you wonder why no one did it before. You can chill out on stylish white loungers and enjoy food, drink and a film or live events such as English Premier League football. Visitors can spend all day sunbathing then come sundown, it’s time for the big event. It screens two films daily, showing a kids’ film first and an action flick from 6.30pm. Check the website for daily schedules. Dhs200 per person on live events nights. Dhs50 standard. Free for kids under ten. Daily. From 4.30pm. La Playa Beach Lounge, The Walk, JBR, www.laplaylounge.com (052 690 8648).