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Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Now Finished)

Head to a galaxy far, far away for a free showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the Big Screen Portsmouth on Thursday 4 May - also known as Star Wars day.

The free event will start at 7pm in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth and fancy dress is welcomed.   

Limited seating will be provided on a first-come first-served basis but people can also bring their own chairs, picnics and blankets to keep warm and enjoy the film in comfort.

Please be advised that this is a 12a rated movie by the British Board of Film Classification and as such, no one younger than 12 may see this 12A film unless accompanied by an adult. Adults planning to take a child under 12 to view this 12A film should consider whether the film is suitable for that child.

For more information on this and other films being shown visit



Do I need a ticket to attend?
No, you do not need a ticket to attend this event.

Will seating be available on the night?
Portsmouth City Council Events Team will provide a limited number of seating which will be freely available for use.

Can I bring my own seating?
Yes of course you can. The chairs we provide are fold-out chairs, you may wish to add a bit of extra comfort.

Will there be a programme available for this event?
No programmes will be available for this event.

What time should I arrive?
The event will set up from 6:30pm where the film will start at 7:15pm.

What time will the event end?
The film is expected to end at around 9:30pm.

Can I bring a picnic?
We encourage guests to bring as much food and non-alcoholic beverages as they like.

Can I bring alcoholic beverages?
Guildhall Square is an alcohol-free zone. Any seen alcoholic beverages will be confiscated and may be poured away by security.

What are my travel options to the Big Screen Portsmouth?
The Big Screen is located in Guildhall Square, right by Portsmouth & Southsea Train station. As you exit the station, turn left and head underneath the council offices. trains will run from this station to all major UK railway stations. Check your last trains before attending this event.
Though busses will be available to bring you to our event, there may not be any to take you home afterwards. We would advise taking the Stage Coach 700 to Commercial Road, Portsmouth and then walking in the opposite direction past Portsmouth & Southsea Train Station towards the Guildhall Square.
The Isambard Brunel Car Park is the nearest to the Big Screen Portsmouth offering parking for the day from £4.65. When leaving this car park, exit left towards the Guildhall Bell tower. You'll need to walk up steps by a bridge crossing, this will take you to Guildhall Square.

What happens if it rains?
There is a chance that the event may be cancelled should the weather become too adverse. Information will keep you informed as well as hosts and security will be on hand to provide assistance.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a trademark of LucasFilm Ltd. and The Walt Disney Company. This event is presented through license approved from The Walt Disney Company. The event is presented to you for free by Portsmouth City Council and The University of Portsmouth, in partnership. 

Although we invite guests to dress up at this event, we politely request that you avoid dressing as a Star Wars related characters in the interest of character integrity.

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