An outdoor cinema will be coming to Wallington in September – the twist being that to power the projector, movie-goers will have to keep pedalling stationary bikes.

Run by bike-powered cinema group Electric Pedals, the pedal-powered open air cinema will see dozens of movie-goers of all ages sitting in excercise bikes kitted out with neon glow lights.

The energy generated by audience members cycling together produces more than enough electricity to power a speaker system, projector and DVD player – meaning people essentially become batteries powering their own film screening.


Putting on the film relies entirely on real-time pedal power, meaning that if the audience stop cycling, the film stops playing.

A statement on the Electric Pedals website reads: “People love to cycle; whether to keep fit, to socialise or to relax. You will find children and adults queuing up to watch the film from the executive bicycle seats, and there is rarely a bicycle free.

“This cinematic experience relies completely on real-time pedal power; there aren’t any back-up generators.

“Dynamic and communal, audience participation transforms cinema into an immersive and unpredictable performance where the atmosphere is electric – this is the closest thing to live cinema.”

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The one-day event will be held in Beddington Park, less than a mile from the Croydon/Sutton border, on September 23, and residents have voted for which film they would like to see.

The choices for the screening were all classic family movies – Ghostbusters (original 1984 version), Grease, E.T., Jurrasic Park and the Lego Movie – with E.T. being chosen as the winner.

The event is free to attend, with Sutton Council which owns the park, funding the event.

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Timings and ticket information have not yet been released, but Sutton Council wrote on its Facebook page that further details will be posted on its events page in the next few days.