Rooftop Film Club launches drive-in cinema

Lifestyle

In summer 2020, two activities are more popular than ever: drinks in the park and drive-in cinemas.

Earlier this month, we revealed that a new American-style drive-in, aptly named Drive In, will open in Enfield next month, alongside Luna Cinema’s outdoor movie experience and Cinestock (which is putting together a socially-distanced indoor drive-in cinema).

Rooftop Film Club is now getting in on the action, too.

The open air cinema company, which has three venues in London, screening movies under the stars, is launching a brand new experience at Alexandra Palace on 4 July.

The principle is the same as for the drive-ins mentioned above – basically, you have to stay in your car for the duration of the film, which will be shown on a 40-foot LED screen.

On arrival, each visitor is assigned a parking spot and audio for the film is picked up through your car’s stereo or a portable FM radio (so, unless you fancy watching a movie with no sound, make sure to have one).

But what is a night at the pictures without snacks?

Bring your own, or order treats online to be dropped off outside your door, including hot dogs, popcorn, chocolate and drinks.

As for the films, there’s a whole host of classics to choose from, such as Back to the Future and Grease (which famously includes a drive-in scene), as well as Mean Girls, Toy Story, ET, Jurassic Park and more.

Ticket prices vary, depending on what time of day you visit – £27.50 at 2pm and 5pm or £29.50 at 8pm, and you can have as many passengers in your car as you want.

NHS staff can go for free; there will be 20 tickets set aside for frontline workers during every screening.

Rooftop Film Club is also donating the proceeds from one screening every month to anti-racism charities.

‘We want to bring people together, albeit safely, during this challenging age of social distancing,’ said Gerry Cottle, CEO and co-founder of Rooftop Film Club.

‘We believe that leaving your home in the safety of your vehicle will provide a fresh opportunity to share new experiences with the people you’re isolated with.

‘We also want to give our staff an opportunity to earn a living without compromising their health and partner with local businesses so they too can continue to operate and generate economic value.

‘At the same time, we want to give back where we can. Drive-in cinemas first arrived in the US when the world was recovering from economic turmoil, and here it is again to help us on our way.’

For the full film schedule, dates and times, visit Rooftop Film Club’s website.