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Cool drive-in cinemas

We've cherry picked 8 of the best near Leicestershire and Rutland. Tell me about it, stud!

Pull up to my bumper, baby! The 2020 drive-in has moved on from your basic 1980’s teen movie. Instead, brace yourself for ginormous LED screens, stand-up comedy, live DJ sets and roller-skating waiters laden with popcorn (be patient, I’m only just getting hang of my blades). You ready for the movie?

Nightflix Drive-in

WHAT? Catch them in Newark this entire month. When you arrive park up, order food and tune in. If you’d rather listen to music then, they’ve even launched a drive-through festival for August.

WHERE Newark Showground NG24 2NY (3-26 July)

SHOWING Lots to see including Bad Boys for Life, Pretty Woman, La La Land, Grease, A Star is Born, Rocketman and more.

Adventure Drive-in

WHAT? Three days of classic and new flicks. Bring your own food and drink and don’t forget the popcorn!  On-site toilets available handy if you need to stretch your legs.

WHERE Peterborough (Aug 21-23), Birmingham (July 23-26) and Nottingham (Aug 4-9).

SHOWING Catch Back to the Future, Dirty Dancing, Joker and even Lion King for the kiddies in Peterborough and over in Notts you can see Labyrinth, Cool Runnings, The Never Evening Story and more.

The Luna Drive-In Cinema

WHAT? The ever-popular Luna Cinema is back with a drive-in makeover. Expect giant HD LED screens, state-of-the-art digital in-car speakers and stunning backdrops. We love the sound of the Luna Bar – order food and drink from your car by scanning the QR code on the front of the in-car speaker you’re given and hey presto, they’ll roller-skate it over to you. Toilets and medics are on site too (just in case you get overwhelmed from a 30ft Ryan Gosling).

WHERE?  Warwick Caste.

SHOWING: The medieval stunner on the River Avon is hosting more than 50 fabulous film screenings on the Pageant Field from Oscar-winner Parasite (26 July) to Jaws (15 July), The Big Lebowski (26 July) and Knives Out (22 July). Doors times vary from 2.45pm to 6pm and 9pm. Some films have already sold out.

Tom Kerridge’s Drive & Dine Theatre

WHAT? With Pub in the Park cancelled this year, the Michelin-starred Marlow marvel chef has instead organised a drive-in cinema experience, complete with a top-notch foodie offering (we wouldn’t expect anything less).

WHERE? The event is popping up in eight locations including Warwick Racecourse 21-26 July and Luton Hoo Estate (Luton, nr St Albans).

SHOWING:  Expect classic 80’s flicks and family faves as well as a comedy set from Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club (Fri 24 July only) with Ed Byrne and Daliso Chaponda. There are 11 films on the movie reel including Le Mans 66 (25 Jul), 1917 (26 Jul), Back to the Future (23 & 26 Jul), plus it wouldn’t be a drive-in without Grease (26 Jul)! Tickets are now on sale and are sure to sell like hot chocolate-glazed choux buns (well we are talking Michelin star quality here!), so snap a parking spot pronto. 

Reels and Wheels UK

WHAT? Four full days of screenings of childhood movies, family favourites and bucketfuls of popcorn (obvs).

WHERE? Willen Lake, part of The Parks Trust in Milton Keynes.

SHOWING: There’s something for everyone with 16 films on the movie reel from 9 – 12 July including Dirty Dancing (9 Jul), Jurassic Park (9 Jul), A Star Is Born (10 Jul), Toy Story (10 Jul), La La Land (11 Jul) and Mamma Mia (12 Jul).

Rooftop Film Club

WHAT? London-based Rooftop Film Club are switching it up for the summer and instead of their usual outdoor cinema offering are recreating a retro drive in with a whopping 40ft LED screen (and loos in case you need to go during the trailers!).

WHERE? Parked up at a palace, no less! The screenings will be held on the grounds of iconic Grade II listed Alexandra Palace, London.

SHOWING: Where to start? From 4 – 31 Jul there’ll be two screenings a day, seven days a week with added family films on weekends. Our top picks include Grease, Back to the Future, Mean Girls, The Goonies, Up, Black Panther and family favourite Sing (because who can resist Matthew McConaughey as a cartoon Koala bear?). NHS workers go FREE.

At the Drive In

WHAT? At the Drive In is coming to 12 cities across the UK this summer and we love its quirkiness and family vibe. Expect the fabulous-sounding (after 7847 weeks of homeschooling) silent car discos plus bingo, family games and stand-up comedy pre-performance, plus a food delivery app that lets you order hot and cold treats to your car via rollerskating waiters. There’s also a registration plate ID system which means a handy ticket-less experience and of course all cars will be parked two metres apart.

WHERE? Birmingham.

SHOWING: Head to Birmingham Airport car park between 15-19 July to see eight films, from the PG-rated Grease sing-a-long and Toy Story to the 15+ rated Joker. Tickets start from £35 per car.

And lastly, a Leicestershire drive-in being organised by The Fleckney Group takes place in Market Harborough Showground later this summer. Films will be show between 21- 23 Aug and include Joker, Toy Story, Grease and more and tickets will be priced at £35 per car for up to 4 occupants and £40 for 5 or more occupants. More info can be found here.

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