Open Air Cinema - The Imitation Game

Spend a late summer evening watching themed films in Bletchley Park’s historic grounds with friends and a picnic. An open air cinema will show The Imitation game on 2 September.


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Based in a true story the Oscar-winning biopic The Imitation Game tells the story of the Codebreaker, mathematician and pioneering computer scientist, Alan Turing. Pivotal scenes were filmed in the iconic Victorian Mansion at Bletchley Park, where The Imitation Game, The Exhibition gives a peek behind the scenes of the movie with props, costumes and exclusive interviews.

Speaking to the Bletchley Park Trust, Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Alan Turing, described the scenes shot at Bletchley Park as magical moments. He says “It really was very special. You really feel like you're playing slightly with ghosts. It's nerve-racking, fictionalising what happened.”

Open air cinema goers are encouraged to bring a chair or rug to sit on, a picnic to enjoy and to dress up if the fancy takes them, either in 1940s vintage style or to theme their outfit to the film they’re seeing.

To add to the excitement, Bletchley Park's Education Manager will give Enigma demonstrations on the actual Enigma machine that was used by Benedict Cumberbatch and the other cast members in the film. This will take place in the Mansion between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £14.50 for adults, £8.00 for children 12 - 17 and £13.00 for Friends of Bletchley Park.  Gates open at 6.30pm and both films will begin at 7.45pm. 

Not suitable for under 12s.