NOW BOOKING: The Drive In returns to Troubadour Meridian Water

We head North in our search for outdoor screens where we find The Drive In, returning to Troubadour Meridian Water from 12 APR with a mixed programme of cinema & live events.

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Not wanting to put a dampener on things, but we got excited when we saw the “no car? no problem!” link at the top of The Drive In’s webpage. “That’s us!” we thought, winningly… turns out it’s a promotional partnership with Zipcar that gives a £20 credit to anyone joining the car sharing service from their link (which sadly also excludes us as we’re already members…). Our carjack plotting continues…

What’s great about The Drive In is that their tickets cost from £19.99 per car (which is very reasonable if you already have possession of a vehicle). Just make sure everyone you cram in has an actual seat, and remember to take your face masks should you need to leave your car. Dogs are welcome too. You can also take your own food and drink although there’s socially distanced ordering/delivery from the venue’s own outlets if you need it (just don’t think about ordering anything from Deliveroo… they won’t get in).

We’ll be honest, the lineup is probably a bit too mainstream/family friendly for us (organisers clearly think THE TOM & JERRY MOVIE is going to be a smash…), but films we’re revved up to see include WONDER WOMAN 1984 (from 12 APR), GODZILLA VS KONG (ditto), JUDAS & THE BLACK MESSIAH (from 14 APR – main featured image), and QUEEN & SLIM (29 APR).

We also got excited when we saw SEVEN playing, but that turns out to be a girl band (fresh from the West End cast of Six) rather than Fincher’s morbid shocker… Potentially more exciting from a cinematic point of view is the “Immersive Bollywood Screening” promised by Bollyco Live for their presentation of BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (02 MAY). Just be careful, the ticket price goes up to £60 for this special event.

The Drive In is booking now until 29 May (although we expect to see more events added to their lineup soon).


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