Classic movies you can watch at the cinema

By Matt Lovett | 13 Sep 2020 at 11:26am

It’s no secret that Covid-19 has impacted industries across the world, though most people don’t consider the movie business when they are thinking about this. Many production teams have had to put down their cameras for this worldwide outbreak, halting many ongoing projects and pushing back the releases of many big titles. To overcome this, cinemas across the UK have started showing classic films from the ‘90s, ‘80s, ‘70s, and even ‘60s. All of these movies can be a great idea for a romantic evening with your couple. Of course not all of them are about love but who told you that you can’t watch Action or Fantasy films on the date?


Let’s take a look at the classic movies you can watch at the cinema during the pandemic.



As one of the most popular cinema chains in the UK, it’s should come as no surprise that Odeon is leading the way with this idea. For those who want fantasy and adventure, you could stop by to watch the full Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001 – 2003) or The Matrix (1999), enjoying these films how they were meant to be watched. If you prefer something a little more light-hearted, Dirty Dancing (1987) could be more up your street. Of course, though, most people will be dying to see Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) on the big screen.

Lord of the Rings is showing at Odeon cinemas.

Showcase Cinemas

Showcase is another popular UK cinema company, and you can find plenty of excellent classic films at your local during the pandemic. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is one of the most cherished sci-fi flicks of all time, but you can also see other films like Aliens (1986) and Back To The Future (1985) that also embodies this genre. Pulp Fiction (1994), Psycho (1960), and Grease (1978) are some of the other big names showing at Showcase at the moment, and it’s well worth checking out their What’s On pages, as this is only scratching the surface of their offerings.

Grease is showing at Showcase Cinemas


Like the other cinemas on this list, you can find Vue in most cities and large towns across the UK. This chain has gone much further with the classic movie franchises they have on offer, with many of the best Batman films, Harry Potty movies (2001 – 2011), and even some of the earliest Fast and Furious flicks on the big screen. They also have the full Cornetto trilogy from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, including Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and At World’s End (2004 – 2013). There has never been a better time to see these classics how they were supposed to be seen.

Harry Potter is showing at Vue Cinemas

Share the experience with someone else

Watching classic movies with your significant other is wonderful and now you have the chance to do it at the cinema and get out of the house for a little while. You can get to know each other from the other side, get new topics for discussion. After all, cinema is a form of art, and views on art are individual to everyone. Watching a good movie together is like having a romantic rooftop dinner with your own musician.

Many people didn’t get the chance to see the original cinema releases of these films, especially those from the 1960s and 1970s. They may have come out before you were born or you may have just missed them at the time, but this new trend gives you the chance to overcome this. Going to the cinema is a great way to get out and about during the pandemic. It’s safe, hygienic, and you might meet someone new whilst at the cinema, making the whole thing well worth it. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to soak up some of those classics.


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