You might believe that drive-in cinemas are the reserve of teens and college students in 1950s United States and films such as Grease with their iconic drive-in scenes can seem a world away from our own cinema experiences.
Fortunately, Bournemouth company Drive-In Movies has changed all that, bringing the promise of the outdoor cinema experience to reality at the Hurn Show Ground near Bournemouth Airport. Drive-in Movies currently provides seasonal screenings at four peak times of the year – Valentine’s Day, the school summer holidays for Halloween and at Christmas, with popular films including The Lion King and Finding Nemo for the kids, Elf, Home Alone and The Grinch in the run-up to Christmas through to spine-chilling thrillers, chick-flicks and timeless singalong classics like Mamma Mia, Dirty Dancing and, of course, Grease itself!
Check out, drive in
The premise is simple. You go to the website, browse details of the upcoming performances on your computer, tablet or smartphone, buy your tickets online using PayPal (if you don’t have PayPal simply follow the instructions as a ‘guest’ and you’ll be able to enter your card details at check-out) and the email confirmation you receive is your ticket – so make sure you bring it along, whether as a print-out or electronically.
The price is £25 per car so make sure you remember some passengers (up to six people, all must have seatbelts) if you want to spread the cost although it’s a great price considering the ticket prices (albeit with a little more legroom and facilities) at today’s multiplex cinemas!
When you arrive, you’re shown to your bay (allocated on a first come, first served basis unless you have a VIP ticket) and if you get there early feel free to purchase some food or snacks from one of the convenient stalls around the Show Ground. There is quite the selection of nibbles available including hot dogs, burgers and chips plus textbook cinema staples nachos, popcorn, candyfloss and sweets as well as a licenced bar (for of-age passengers of course!)
Unlike some of the more primitive drive-ins which broadcast the film soundtrack through speakers on the screen, from posts or from a speaker near your car window, you can now tune your car radio into the desired frequency for totally bespoke surround sound at a volume you control.
If you’re planning on watching a film with a 12, 15, 18 or X rating please be prepared to bring some ID and if your car stereo doesn’t work you can access the sound via your own portable radio so please remember to bring yours along.
Drive-in movies offers a unique and memorable afternoon or evening out whether you’re looking for an original way to entertain the kids, you want an affordable night out or just something a little different for date night. The 2017 programme wraps up with a serious of Christmas classics so wrap up warm, drive on down and enjoy a unique night out, parked up in front of the big screen.
Christmas screenings 2017
Thu 21 Dec (4pm) – Miracle on 34th Street
Thu 21 Dec (7pm) – How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Thu 21 Dec (9:30pm) – Elf
Fri 22 Dec (4pm) – Santa Claus the Movie
Fri 22 Dec (7pm) – Home Alone
Fri 22 Dec (9:30pm) – Die Hard
Sat 23 Dec (4pm) – The Polar Express
Sat 23 Dec (7pm) – Elf
Sat 23 Dec (9:30pm) – Love Actually