Edinburgh Zoo to be one of the UK’s in-car movie theaters



An airport and a zoo will be among the venues for drive-thru movies across the UK this summer.

To help ease the pressures of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, @TheDriveIn will visit 11 cities in 12 weeks from July through September.

Films such as Grease, Joker and Toy Story will be shown in large car parks, including those at Birmingham Airport and Edinburgh Zoo.

The films will be preceded by animations such as bingo, stand-up comedy, family games and a silent disco car.

Meanwhile, separate drive-in event promoters are in talks with a stately home in Scotland for a week-long drive-in festival.

Drive In Events hopes to host a socially distanced event at Hopetoun House in South Queensferry, Edinburgh.

It could accommodate up to 300 vehicles if it gets the green light.

The company will also look to host other events across the UK, including comedy shows, concerts and raves.

Tom Ketley of the Fly Open Air music festivals in Scotland, and part of the team behind the plans, said: people while ensuring strict social distancing.

“People need something to look forward to, they need access to social interactions and entertainment.

“Many people who have been locked up alone suffer from mental health issues and once lockdown laws are relaxed the government will need to ensure there is no mass for all with people descending into crowded pubs. , then a second wave of the virus to hit.

“I don’t see how a socially distant drinking culture can safely exist.”

Keltey said other locations could host a “drive-in fringe” in August as well.

The Drive In Events team looked at successful events in Germany and Denmark, such as road raves, and how the venues have been successful in keeping social distancing restrictions in place.

Co-promoter Steffan Chelland, who runs Bristol-based Time Warp events, said the goal is to bring some normalcy back to uncertain times.

He said: “It has been difficult not only for the music industry itself, but the average person has lost the sense of weekend outings, whether it is musical events, shows. live or just socialize with your friends – we’re trying to build a safe bridge to this. ”


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