Friday 29th May 2020
Drive-in social-distance cinemas are making appearances in many UK cities this summer

For many, summer plans have sadly had to be postponed or cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, an innovative idea provides a safe and fun environment for the UK public this summer, in the form of a 1950s-inspired drive-in cinema.

RAC reports:

A 1950s-inspired drive-in cinema will tour the UK to offer an unexpected trip to the pictures during the pandemic.

Punters can expect bingo, silent discos and stand-up comedy before their film begins in a social distance-friendly setting.

Guests can even order American diner-style snacks from an app and have waiters on rollerskates deliver their food – all in accordance with government guidelines.

@TheDriveIn’s pop-up screens will appear in London on July 2. They’ll then go on to entertain crowds in ten other cities including Birmingham, Newcastle and Manchester, until September.

Tickets for the experience cost £35 per car. They go on sale on Wednesday May 27 and must be bought in advance.

Ten tickets per screening will be given to NHS staff and care workers as a goodwill gesture from organisers Mainstage Festivals.

Screens will play six films per day, with eighties classics and family favourites to be enjoyed from vehicles parked two metres apart.

Numberplates will be checked in with a contactless system too, to ensure staff are kept safe.

Event organiser Alan Crofton said: “We are incredibly excited to bring our modern day version on the classic drive-in to the UK this summer.

“Our aim is for @TheDriveIn to be an experience that brings real joy this summer and the perfect antidote to a post-lockdown world, and we promise to deliver it within a safe yet fun environment. See you at the drive-in.”

This appears to be a fantastic initiative to provide something to look forward to for many people in a difficult time, whilst still adhering to government guidelines. Hopefully it will provide a great experience for many.

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