Orange Drive-In Theatre, photo: Wikimedia Commons

Pandemic rewinds cinemagoers back to the drive-in

In the early 1930s Richard Hollingshead, a car-parts salesman, had an idea. He’d heard his mother moan about how uncomfortable she found the wooden seats in cinemas. What if she could watch a film from the comfort of her car? To test the concept in his driveway, he put a film projector on the hood of his car, hung a sheet from some trees and invited his neighbours. He patented the idea and in June 1933 opened his first drive-in cinema – he called it a “park-in theatre” – near…

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Backyard Cinema

From backyard to big top bonanza

By the River Thames, in an old TV studio, a fantasy land of movie-magic is screening modern hits and classics to spellbound audiences. Peter Knight learns about a ‘pop-up cinema’ that’s true to its roots. Unless you’ve been living as a cinematic hermit in a dark auditorium for the past decade (and in our industry that is possible…), you cannot help but have noticed the surge in the number of pop-up cinemas that have sprung up in all sorts of innovative locations worldwide. I’m most familiar with the pop-up scene…

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Newark, Notts gets ready for UK’s first drive-in festival

A new Drive-In festival is coming to the UK this month with nine live music concerts The festival is a selection of drive in concerts, with live music, food, drink and a film The UK’s first-announced live music Drive-In is coming to the country this month, with nine live music concerts over nine nights. Nightflix, a national drive-in cinema company, has revealed the dates for its August 2020 festival. The festival makes for the perfect social distancing event while the UK continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, and will be…

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