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Film fans will be able to watch their favourite pictures by the beach, with the return of the Harbour Screen in Folkestone.

The outdoor cinema is usually found on the Harbour Arm during the summer season, with people able to watch a movie or sporting event on a chair in the fresh air.

The Greatest showman screening on the Harbour Screen last year. Picture: Andy Aitchison
The Greatest showman screening on the Harbour Screen last year. Picture: Andy Aitchison

But now, due to Covid-19, the seaside cinema will move to the beach and adapt to become a drive-in on Harbour Approach Road.

The first film to air will be Rocketman Sing-a-long, the biographical musical based on the life of Elton John, this Saturday (July 18) from 7pm.

A spokesman for the Harbour Screen said: "We're delighted to share that the Harbour Screen is coming back, moving across the site onto the beach, and will be evolving into a drive-in cinema.

"We're so excited to be bringing quality entertainment back to the Harbour Arm in a Covid secure way, and can't wait for you to join us."

Traders, including Barney and the Pizza and Brewery of Angels and Demons, will also be set up on the night offering food and snacks.

General admission is £33 per car. The spokesman added: "We’re opening our 2020 season with a set price across all parking bays. For future screenings, the price of our ‘Best Seat in the House’ bays will increase slightly."

The Rugby World Cup was also shown on the Harbour Screen. Picture: Paul Amos
The Rugby World Cup was also shown on the Harbour Screen. Picture: Paul Amos

More details are expected soon on the other screenings due to be held. For tickets, visit here.

Previous movies to be shown on the Harbour's big screen include Black Panther, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jurassic Park, Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Aquaman, Crazy Rich Asians and Mary Poppins Returns.

Last year, the Cricket World Cup final was also played at the outdoor cinema, along with the rugby.

And Folkestone is not the only place where you can find a drive-in cinema this summer.

Betteshanger Park, near Deal, will also host one in the coming weeks, with tickets now on sale.

Dirty Dancing, Toy Story and Jurassic Park are among the 10 different movies which will be projected on to a large LED screen for peoples' viewing at the popular park.

They will run over four days starting on Thursday, July 30 with up to three different screenings a day, at lunchtime, afternoon and evening.

Spaces are limited and can now be booked here, costing £22 per car.

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