Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events, organisers of Edinburgh’s brand new Drive In Movies event have hailed the opening weekend a huge success, with audiences of over 4,000 people flocking to Edinburgh Airport to experience a 4-day outdoor cinema extravaganza, supported by Edinburgh Live, for people of all ages which included family favourites, all-time classics and thrilling blockbusters.
Tickets for the next Drive-in Movies (24 – 27 September) are now on sale at edinburghdrivein.co.uk with another packed programme of cinema classics featuring Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mamma Mia!, Rocketman, Toy Story and Mean Girls.
The opening weekend of Drive-in Movies saw thousands of people from Edinburgh and Lothians enjoying a fantastic outdoor cinematic experience in the comfort of their own vehicles and in the unique surroundings of Edinburgh Airport. Strictly following the health and safety regulations and the Scottish Government’s advice, Drive-in Movies offered a safe and fun environment for people of all ages to experience what was the first post-lockdown outdoor event for many.
A top-notch selection of films was 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 sang along to Sunshine on Leith and Grease, shed a tear at Up, fell in love during William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and enjoyed the planes landing and taking off nearby which was a particular treat at the screenings of Con Air and Airplane!
Prior to each film, audiences had a chance to sample some of the best fish and chips in the country from seafood specialists Alandas and those not behind the wheel, Edinburgh-based award-winning brewery’s Cold Town Beer. Nairn’s Oatcakes distributed their ever-so-popular Oat Bars as a special treat for families who came to see Up and Mary Poppins Returns. Popular Edinburgh DJ Stewart Calverto became Captain Calverto as he warmed up the crowds with car disco and quizzes with spot prizes.
Audiences took to social media to share their views of the event:
‘Great afternoon at #Edinburghdrivein @EdinburghAirpo1 Brilliantly presented by @UniqueEventsltd and @edfilmfest’
‘Had an epic time tonight at seeing alien at #EdinburghDriveIn, great set up’
‘brilliant night out at #EdinburghDriveIn’
‘Dreamy night at the drive-in. Thank you for the brilliant escape @edfilmfest @UniqueEventsltd’
Drive-in Movies continues during the last weekend of every month for the rest of the year. September dates are confirmed as 24 to 27 September and the organisers are now pleased to reveal first titles for the event, an exciting selection of cult films and blockbusters: Back to the Future (1985) with some of the most recognisable lines and the inimitable Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, John Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), all-time family favourite Toy Story (1995), teen comedy classic Mean Girls (2004) and two more recent hits, a homage to ABBA featuring Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia! (2008) and Elton John’s biopic, Rocketman (2019). Tickets are on sale now at edinburghdrivein.co.uk
THURSDAY 24 SEPTEMBER
10pm BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA (1986, Cert 15)
FRIDAY 25 SEPTEMBER
2pm INCREDIBLES 2 (2018, Cert PG)
6pm FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF (1986, Cert 12A)
10pm DRIVE (2011, Cert 18)
SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER
10.30am TOY STORY (1995, Cert PG)
2pm MAMMA MIA! (2008, Cert PG)
6pm BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985, Cert PG)
10pm BLACKKKLANSMAN (2018, Cert 15)
SUNDAY 27 SEPTEMBER
10am MARY POPPINS (1964, Cert U)
2pm MEAN GIRLS (2004, Cert 12)
10pm ROCKETMAN (2019, Cert 15)
Tickets available now at www.edinburghdrivein.co.uk priced from £27.50 - £35.00 (+ booking fee) per vehicle for up to 5 persons