Building on the huge success of NE1's Monument Movies programme, launched for the first time last summer, NE1 has teamed up with the Tyneside Cinema and Newcastle City Council to deliver a packed programme of free outdoor screenings on a large outdoor screen located at Grey's Monument.
The 25 metre square screen will take up its summer time position on Grey Street this week and will remain in place until the 17th September. Located opposite H and M, facing Grey's Monument, the screen will be ideally positioned for the hundreds of expected visitors who will take up position on NE1's deckchairs stationed on the plinth of the monument and its surrounds.
NE1's Monument Movies will be re-launched on Thursday 7 June, appropriately kicking off with Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, prior to the start of the European Championships on Friday 8th June. The Monument Live schedule will be interspersed with a packed programme of major summertime sporting events including the Olympics, Wimbledon, football's European championships and the city's very own, Great North Run.
As a host city for this summer's Olympics the idea was to extend access to the Games to as wide an audience of Newcastle's community as possible and provide a focus for residents and visitors alike. Monument Live will allow people to watch and enjoy the Olympic Games in an open air atmosphere; Monument Live will also televise the torch relay as it makes its way through Newcastle following its arrival on Friday 15 June.
Commenting on the Monument Live programme, Stephen Patterson, Head of Marketing and Communications at NE1 Ltd said: "NE1's Monument Movies were such a big success both last summer and at Christmas that we were determined to bring them back. We're delighted that by getting the Tyneside Cinema and City Council on board we've managed to make the screenings bigger and better to include all the major milestone events that are happening in the UK this summer. Monument Live will allow Newcastle to be involved and feel part of the wider sporting celebrations."