With bricks-and-mortar cinemas closed at the moment, there’s a chance – for those who own cars – to watch films the American way.

Sitting in a car.

Although outdoor cinemas are a regular staple now of the London summer scene, even with social distancing, it’s not sensible to have large crowds sitting in parks watching films together.

The drive-in cinema, on the other hand, lets people arrive cocooned in a metal box, and watch film relatively safely. Cinema snacks will be delivered to the car, and tickets will be checked wither by scanning through the closed window, or by the car license plate.

Several drive-in cinemas have been announced so far.

North London – Meridian Water

4th-11th July 2020

A range of summer classics with tickets costing £35 per car. Backed by the organisers of Troubadour Theatres.

Film screenings: 1917, 28 Days Later, Aladdin 2019, Back to the Future, Bad Boys for Life, Blade Runner, Bridesmaids, Dirty Dancing, Get Out, Grease, Home Alone, It, Jumanji The Next Level, La La Land, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Mary Poppins, Moulin Rouge, Mrs Doubtfire, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Goonies, The Shawshank Redemption, The Shining, The Terminator

Live events: My Last Supper with Jay Rayner, Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Living Dangerously, The Drive In Comedy Club with Jamali Maddix

South London – venue to be confirmed

2nd-7th July 2020

Details still being worked out, so you need to join their mailing list to find out when they announce the location, or book tickets now. The event is backed by the Ministry of Sound. £35 per car.

Film screenings: Grease Sing A Long , Cars, Grease, Grease Sing A Long, The Lion King

East London – venue to be confirmed

17th-20th July 2020

Details still being worked out, so you need to join their mailing list to find out when they announce the location, or book tickets now. The event is backed by the Ministry of Sound. £35 per car.

Film screenings: Back To The Future, Jaws, Cars, Grease Sing A Long, Back To The Future, Joker

North London – Alexandra Palace

Details still being worked out, but in September, the English National Opera plans three weeks of screenings of its operas, with Puccini’s La Bohème and Mozart’s The Magic Flute confirmed so far.

North London – Alianz Park

Luna, who already run the conventional outdoor summer evening screenings are promising a number of drive-in events.

For Nth London they have: Happy Feet, Aladin, Dirty Dancing, Pretty Woman, Reservoir Dogs, Jurasic Park, Romeo + Juliet, The Goonies, The Devil Wears Prada, Rocketman Sing-Along

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