It’s not often you get to see The Goonies in an old monastery…this weekend you can

Venturing to Kirkstall Abbey this weekend? Don’t be surprised if you bump some unusual characters: pirates, princesses, even Peter Pan... 

That’s because Sneaky Entertainment is bringing its immersive pop-up cinema to Leeds for two days (Friday 15 and Saturday 16), promising plenty for big kids and little alike.

Eighties adventure fan? First up is a Friday evening screening of The Goonies, complete with a ‘pirate experience.’ As well as a rum shack (naturally), expect circus acts, land synchronised swimming (whatever that is), sword duelling, an eighties cabaret tent, street food, a fortune-telling cave…and even real-life mermaids. Erm, OK. 

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There be pirates

For something more family-friendly, Saturday daytime will see two screenings of Peter Pan with activities spanning archery and swashbuckling to hula dancing and seahorse racing. There’ll also be a sea shack mocktail bar, with ‘mermaid’s tipples’ for the grown-ups.

Lastly, Saturday night’s screening of Princess Bride promises a fairytale evening with a sprinkling of humour. The pirate’s rum shack is back, joined by the likes of a word duels and a wedding chapel. Unsurprisingly, costumes are encouraged for all events: tickets from £8.50 at

Sneaky Entertainment isn’t the only one hosting a pop-up cinema this weekend: The Light shopping centre will be screening the new Jurassic Park on Saturday 16, as part of a family fundraiser for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The 11am screening will be followed by dino-themed activities, all on a donation basis. 

Sounds like Leeds is in for a blockbuster weekend…