Edinburgh’s First Drive-in Movies announced for August Opening

On Thursday, 27 August, the ambitious new project from the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) and Unique Events, Drive-in Movies, will arrive at Edinburgh Airport and the first titles are now available to the public. 

The August line-up includes 13 films and every month from August 2020 until January 2021, Drive-in Movies will welcome up to 250 cars at the Edinburgh Airport car park, offering film fans of all ages a world-class cinematic experience in a safe, controlled environment

Organisers of the Drive-in Movies said, “We are delighted to be able to share with our audiences the first batch of titles to be screened as part of Drive-in Movies next month. With a broad selection of timeless classics, family favourites and blockbusters, it truly offers something for everyone. We’re already working behind-the-scenes on the programme for the future events, but in the meantime book yourself a wild ride and we’ll see you at Edinburgh Airport for some cinema magic.”

Films will be shown on a state of the art 100sqm LED screen, one of the largest mobile screens in the world with the audio broadcast straight to cars, for audiences to control the soundtrack.

Audiences can arrive up to 1 hour prior to the film’s starting to take part in a car disco with a playlist relating to the screening, along with an interactive on-screen quiz with spot prizes. Food and snacks will be available to purchase from a selection of local food suppliers who will have stalls on site. 

With cars suitably distanced apart, Drive-In Movies will be a safe environment for families and friends to enjoy an event, in line with government guidelines for outdoor events.

Drive-in Movies offer accessible toilets and food units. Please check listings for captioned screenings. If you have access requirements please email Filmhouse Cinema admin.

Standard tickets priced at £35.00 per vehicle for up to 5 people are on sale now, with a number of tickets being made available to EIFF’s community partners.  Audiences are encouraged to book now at www.edinburghdrivein.co.uk for the first weekend of Drive-in Movies which is 27-30 August.  

To date the line-up confirmed so far includes:

Thursday 27 August             6pm Sunshine on Leith (2013)         10pm  Get Out (2017)

Friday 28 Aug           2pm Grease (1978)    6pm Airplane! (1980)           

10pm Con Air (1997)

Saturday 29 Aug       10am Mary Poppins Returns (2018)           2.15pm Clueless (1995)

6pm William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996)           10pm Alien (1979)

 Sunday 30 Aug         10.30am Up (2009)    2pm The Princess Bride (1987)

5.45pm La La Land (2017)  10pm Dirty Dancing (1987)

 More titles for the future events, including the second Drive-in Movies weekend (24 – 27 September), are to be announced in due course. 

 Irene Brown

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