Please note: this open-air film event is seated and seats are provided.

Cinema on the Square is a brand-new day of open-air film screenings celebrating music, movies and the unmistakable feeling of summer. Part of the Summer Series, Millennium Square's annual concert series of outdoor gigs from world-renowned blockbuster acts and emerging artists. Find out more about Cinema on the Square.

‘Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s feature debut intertwines music and politics in one of the best concert movies of all time.’ 
- Mark Kermode, The Observer 

Over six Sundays during the summer of 1969, the people of Harlem could walk into their local park and see incredible live performances by some of the greatest musical artists of the Twentieth Century at the Harlem Cultural Festival. Stevie Wonder, Mahalia Jackson, The Staples Singers, Nina Simone, BB King, Sly and the Family Stone. Incredibly, this footage was neglected for 50 years until Questlove triumphantly returned it to audiences, highlighting the revolutionary context at the height of the civil rights movement a year on from the assassination of Martin Luther King. Lose yourself to the unforgettable soundtrack and be transported back to 1969 in this acclaimed concert film, showing on the big screen in our open-air cinema. 

‘Sonically flawless, authentically textured and deep-rooted in cultural significance, Summer Of Soul succeeds magnificently in capturing the scale, spiritual resonance and, yes, soul of the Harlem Cultural Festival. It will not be forgotten this time.’ - Whelan Barzey, Empire

‘If Summer of Soul were nothing but a labor-of-love rescue mission from a soul-music scholar, it would still be a first-rate concert film. What’s captured here is a vibrant, vital, essential look at a handful of performers in their prime, and then some.‘ - David Fear, Rolling Stone