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Stately homes are turned into US-style drive-in movie theatres

by Katia Bosanquet (2020-08-22)

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Drive-in movie theatres are coming to Britain as the country searches for safe ways to socialise in the age of coronavirus.  

Grease, The Blues Brothers and Back to the Future will be among the classic films being aired at medieval castles and stately homes, in a bizarre mix of American and British culture. 

Warwick Castle, Knebworth House and Blenheim Palace have agreed to take part in the event brought by The Luna Cinema, host of popular open-air film screenings in Britain. 

Its founder George Wood told The Evening Standard's London Indoors: 'We've managed to make every aspect of the event fully compliant with social distancing regulations.

'From the way they tickets are scanned through to the provision of food and drink, audiences can attend our drive in screenings with confidence, and return to one of the things we've all been missing most in lockdown - enjoying a great film on a giant screen under the stars.






Grease, The Blues Brothers and Back to the Future will be among the classic films being aired at medieval castles and stately homes, in a bizarre mix of American and British culture









The Luna Cinema will be hosting dozens of screenings at London's Allianz Park, 성인 만화 유부남의 사랑 Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace and Knebworth House next month


'We plan to commence open air cinema screenings as soon as it is safe to do so, when the official advice allows, but in the meantime, we can't wait to welcome audiences for a fantastic drive in cinema experience.'

Mr Wood told The Guardian that moviegoers will never have to leave their cars unless they have to use the bathroom. 

License plates will be scanned, and attendees will be given directions to pre-assigned parking spots. 

Film fans can pre-order food and drink, which will be dropped off on car bonnets by waiters on roller skates and scooters.






Grease and The Blues Brothers will be among the classic films being aired at medieval castles and stately homes, in a bizarre mix of American and British culture (pictured: A screening of 'Grease' in Madrid)







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The event kicks off with Happy Feet and Grease at Allianz Park on July 4. London will also be hosting screenings of Joker on July 4, the 2019 reboot of Aladdin on July 5, Pretty woman on July 5, Dirty Dancing on July 5 and Knives Out on July 6


The Luna Cinema will be hosting dozens of screenings at London's Allianz Park, Warwick Castle, Blenheim Palace and Knebworth House next month. 

The event kicks off with Happy Feet and Grease at Allianz Park on July 4.

London will also be hosting screenings of Joker on July 4, the 2019 reboot of Aladdin on July 5, Pretty woman on July 5, Dirty Dancing on July 5 and Knives Out on July 6. 

Other hits to be played across British landmarks include include Jurassic Park, The Goonies, The Devil Wears Prada, Back to the Future and La la Land.  

Around 100 screening have been announced, with Reservoir Dogs screening at Warwick Castle on July 20.   



Read more:

The Luna Drive-In Cinema announces UK dates and line-up for summer film screenings: How to get tickets | London Evening Standard

Burgers, fries and roller-skating waiters: the drive-in movie comes to UK stately homes | Culture | The Guardian

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