The Drive-In Cinemas To Know

The Drive-In Cinemas To Know

Drive-in cinemas are set to return this summer, offering a novel way to watch films during lockdown. From Tom Kerridge’s posh take on a drive-in to an authentic 1950s experience, here are seven worth knowing about.

At The Drive In, UK-Wide

At The Drive In is drive-in cinema experience that brings a range of activities to several cities across the UK. Eighties classics and recent blockbusters will be preceded by entertainment such as stand-up comedy, bingo and silent car discos. Using a radio transmission kit from the biggest US drive-in cinemas, the sound will be broadcast straight to your car’s radio, while an LED screen provides quality visuals. Food and snacks will be available to order online through a mobile app and, in true 50s style, roller-skating waiters will bring your order to a drop off point by your car. With six shows per city – including London, Manchester, Leeds and Cardiff, there’s something for everyone, from family-friendly afternoons to late-night shows.

Various locations; from 6th July

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Luna Drive-In Cinema, UK-Wide

The Luna Drive-In Cinema experience is also getting ready to set up state-of-the-art cinema equipment with outdoor LED screens and wireless transmission of sound to produce an atmospheric cinematic experience at two venues in London and screens at Blenheim Place, Knebworth House and Warwick Castle. Food and drink – such as hampers, pizza, popcorn and retro snacks – can be ordered via your phone and will be whizzed over to you by waiters and waitresses on scooters and roller skates. Films on show include Romeo + Juliet, The Devil Wears Prada, Moulin Rouge and Parasite. Keep your eye out for more locations across the UK, set to be announced soon.

Various locations; from 4th July


Drive & Dine Theatre, UK-Wide

Drive & Dine Theatre is reigniting the glory days of drive-in cinema screenings, with a Michelin-starred twist. Produced by the team behind Pub in the Park, guests will be able to choose from an impressive selection of family films, iconic classics and the latest award-winning blockbusters, while tucking into a menu designed by Marlow-based chef Tom Kerridge. With personal speaker systems provided for each car and food served straight to your parking bay, you simply need to pull up and park. Films on offer include recent hits 1917, Knives Out and Aladdin and drive-in classics Grease, Back to the Future and Jaws. Kerridge’s Drive & Dine menu includes bacon cheeseburgers and chicken tikka masala, plus picnic boxes suitable for adults and children.

Various locations; from 7th July


The Drive In, North London

New venture The Drive In launches at Troubadour Meridian Water on 4th July. Film fans can pitch up in their cars for the events, with films shown on a large screen and the sound piped in via radio. The screenings will adhere to social distancing restrictions, with cars parked two metres apart and tickets scanned through closed windows. Films announced so far include La La Land, Dirty Dancing and The Terminator. While the movies themselves are a mix of recent releases and old favourites, the experience itself will be inspired by historical drive-ins, with food and drink orders delivered by attendants dressed in 50s-style costumes. Best of all, the team will give away ten free car tickets to every showing for NHS and care workers.

Troubadour Meridian Water, Edmonton, N18 3QQ; from 4th July

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Sunset Cinema, West London

Sunset Cinema is gearing up to offer an all-American, vintage drive-in experience. The west London set-up will be screening some of the best feelgood flicks, classics and cult films, accompanied by food from London BBQ joint Dirty Bones, cocktails and more. The first screening will take place on Sunday 5th July, then five nights a week throughout July. Expect to see the likes of Space Jam, The Great Gatsby and Rocketman.

Twyford Avenue, Acton, W3 9QA; from 5th July

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Park N Party, Manchester

Park N Party is delivering a series of socially distant events to entertain the people of Manchester in a safe and fun environment. Hosted at EventCity, a series of sing-along shows will bring families the best hits from both Frozen films and The Greatest Showman, all enjoyed from the safety and comfort of their vehicles. Resident DJs will be on hand to keep guests entertained before and after the show, plus they’ll be a 'Bumper Boogie' car disco and ‘Bingo Bedlam’. Strategically placed screens will ensure that everyone will be able to watch award-winning classics and family friendly blockbusters when its screening schedule begins on 24th June.

EventCity, Manchester, M41 7TB; from 17th June


Adventure Drive-In, UK-Wide

This summer, friends and family are invited to enjoy outdoor screenings of their favourite films from the safety of their cars. The line-up of films includes 80s classics Dirty Dancing, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Labyrinth and The Goonies; family favourites The Lion King, Cool Runnings and The Greatest Showman; critically acclaimed 90s films Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park; and some of last year’s best releases, such as Joker and Knives Out. Guests can bring their own food, snacks and drinks to enjoy inside their car, which will be parked with a full view of the LED screens. Locations include Birmingham, Exeter, Sheffield and Surrey.

Various locations, from 4th July


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