Spend summer at the drive-in

Image of drive-in movie screen at dusk with cars.

With a summer of social distancing ahead, it’s not all bad news as the Fifties phenomenon of the cinema drive-in is set to make a return.

Several entertainment companies have so far announced a schedule of open-air drive-in cinema from mid-summer. These include The Drive In at Troubadour Meridian Water, near the river Lee in north London. Film screenings start from Saturday 4th July, and include hit films such as La La LandDirty Dancing and The Terminator. The repertoire will also include live comedy, music and family entertainment.

Hygiene and social distancing measures will be in place, in line with Government guidelines. Vehicles will be spaced two metres apart, tickets will be scanned through a closed car window – and snacks and drinks will be available to order through a mobile app and delivered to the car by a team of 1950s drive-in attendants.

Meanwhile, The Luna Drive-In Cinema is offering an open air cinema experience from July at Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle and Knebworth House as well as the Allianz Park stadium in London, with more venues to follow. Drive-ins are a new venture for the open air and pop up cinema company, which has been running for 12 years. The programme includes new releases and old favourites like Dirty Dancing, Mary Poppins, Reservoir Dogs, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Grease Sing-Along! The company also offers a special sound system unique in the UK, which will allow cinema goers to listen to the film without using their car stereo system and risking running down the car battery. Screenings start from early July.

At the Drive In is a drive-in movie tour which will take place across 13 cities so far, including London, Bristol, Manchester, Cardiff, Brighton and Glasgow, running from 9th July to early October. There will be six shows in each destination, with a varied programme of evening blockbusters and family favourites in the afternoon.

Another company, Drive In Events, is looking at the possibility of drive-in comedy shows, drive-in concerts for live music fans, and, most intriguingly, drive-in raves. If we hear more at GTO about any of these, we will let you know…

For an international overview of this new era of drive-in movies in the age of coronavirus, and its conflict with previous anti-car “green” attitudes from the authorities, take a look at this article from TransportXtra – our sister publication.

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