With the mercury inching up, this is usually the time of the year when Londoners headout to star-canopied outdoor screenings - armed with a blanket and bottle(s) of prosecco. Also popcorn. We know this year has been nothing but ordinary, however, you still have a chance to live these dreams of cinema under the stars. The all new @TheDriveIn cinema is coming to London and the UK, starting July!
Here's your chance to re(live) the magic of the great American drive in theatre - a contact-free way to experience film, theatre and live performances. From the latest blockbusters to cult classics, stand-up comedy to live music, bingo or a silent car disco - The Drive In is among 2020's must-do London summer experiences.
What is @TheDriveIn London?
The @TheDriveIn is starting its tour UK wide from July, parking up in London first before heading off to car parks across the country. Running for 12 weeks across 11 cities, @TheDriveIn invites passengers to pull up for a host of drive-in experiences that extend way beyond the cinema.
Films will range from 80s classics to blockbuster movies from the teenies and inbetweenies (that’s 2013-2019 and 2010-2012, in case you’re scratching your head), complete with a food delivery app serving American-style dishes and snacks via roller waiters who will bring your order to a drop off point by your car. .
This tour will swing by London twice, in south London from 2-5 July, and cruising into east London from 17-20 September.
What are the top movies screening at @TheDriveIn Cinema London 2020?
Here's a sneak peek at some of the movies screening @TheDriveIn
How much are the tickets for @TheDriveIn?
Tickets for @TheDriveIn are at £35 for a car. There will be 6 screenings per city, from family-friendly afternoons to late-night shows and only a limited amount of tickets per show. You can grab tickets to a movie of your choice in London here.
Is @TheDriveIn Cinema London safe, in light of the COVID-19 situation in UK?
With vehicles spaced 2 metres apart, tickets scanned through closed car windows, individuals expected to remain isolated within their own vehicles and organisers ensurng a no-contact system which allows drivers/ticket holders to be recognised by the licence plate - there will be extra measures in place to ensure that all shows can be enjoyed in line with the latest government advice.
Toilet facilities and strict hygiene measures in line with government guidelines will ensure a safe environment for all, providing not only a coronavirus-proof outing, but a rare opportunity to bring back a few hours of normal life.
Apart from London, where else is @TheDriveIn touring in UK?
Here's the full list of screenings and destinations:
- London, south: July 2-5
- Birmingham: July 9 - 12
- Manchester: July 16 - 19
- Newcastle: July 23 - 26
- Edinburgh: July 30 - August 2
- Glasgow: August 6- 9
- Liverpool: August 13 - 16
- Cardiff: August 20 - 23
- Bristol: August 27 - 30
- Southampton: September 3 - 6
- Brighton: 10th - 13th September 10 - 13
- London, east: September 17- 20
Anything I should keep in mind before heading to @TheDriveIn Cinema London?
- Make sure your radio system is working. If your car doesn’t have the best option in audio entertainment, it might be an option to rope in someone else who has a better sound system in theirs
- If you're taking kids along, make sure you check the ratings of the film as the age-limit rules apply even in drive-in cinemas
- In light of the coronavirus situation, you can opt to bring your own food if you're not comfortable with buying food from the venue.
- Get there atleast an hour before the movie starts, to catch a good spot.