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Drive-in cinema screenings across Kent this summer

Pick up some popcorn and dust yourself down for a night out at the movies, the socially-distanced, 2020 way.

Cinema is moving with the times, bringing drive-in screenings and showings to al fresco sites across Kent...

Finding Nemo by Walt Disney will be screened at Dreamland
Finding Nemo by Walt Disney will be screened at Dreamland

Dreamland, Margate

Dreamland may not be open for rides this summer, but there's still entertainment on offer.

The Margate attraction, which recently celebrated its 100th birthday, is launching a socially-distanced line-up for the summer, hosting its first drive-in cinema series.

Running from Wednesday, August 5, to Friday, August 21, there will be a host of family-friendly features to settle back and enjoy.

The line-up includes classics such as Back to the Future III, as well as Shark Tale, Cars and Finding Nemo. Others include Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman and The Fast and the Furious.

Dreamland members can pre-book tickets now and general admission will be available from 10am tomorrow Wednesday.

It costs from £31.50 per car, with visitors encouraged to bring their own food. To book your tickets, visit dreamland.co.uk/events

Flix Drive-In Movies

Award-winning Italian chef Aldo Zilli will be serving up a top quality side order to some drive-in movies.

Chef Aldo Zilli is opening up his garden
Chef Aldo Zilli is opening up his garden

The award-winning Italian maestro will be serving food from his latest concept, Casa Zilli, at the cinema nights.

Flix Drive-In movies will be screening fun favourites Lion King, Minions, Little Mermaid, Wall-E and Matilda, plus Mamma Mia, Rocketman, Grease and A Star Is Born in the daytime and during the evenings the likes of Fight Club, 1917, Pulp Fiction, Superbad, and Joker at Mabledon Farm, near Tunbridge Wells.

It is a first for Aldo with Flix and runs from Wednesday, August 5 to Sunday, August 9 with showings at 11am, 3.30pm and 8pm with programmes to suit all ages.

Gates open an hour before each show. Tickets per car start at £29 with a booking fee, with visitors being allocated their own, socially-distanced parking space. You can pre-order your refreshments to be delivered to your car on the night. Book at flixdrivein.co.uk.

Luna Cinema

Cinema under the stars is still able to go ahead this summer, with the Luna Cinema holding screenings at two picturesque venues.

Dates have been pushed back slightly for the showings, which will be held at Leeds Castle in Maidstone and Rochester Castle.

Rocketman starring Taron Egerton will be shown
Rocketman starring Taron Egerton will be shown

The company, which specialises in cinema under the stars between June and October every year, has also launched some drive-in cinema showings in London and other major cities in response to the coronavirus outbreak and the need for social distancing. But its popular outdoor cinema is also still going ahead.

Leeds Castle will host films from Tuesday, August 18 until Sunday, August 23. Films on offer will be Joker; Pretty Woman; Rocketman; The Greatest Showman; Grease and Downton Abbey.

Rochester Castle provides the county finale with showings running from Tuesday, September 29 to Sunday, October 4. Films on offer will also include Grease and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. For tickets visit thelunacinema.com

Kent Drive In Cinema

The drive-in experience being staged at four venues across the county comes from brothers Nick and Dave Whiteoak, who have been supplying large LED screens at open-air events such as Glastonbury and Reading festivals for the last 16 years though their company Video Illusions.

Enjoy some open air cinema this summer Picture: Andy Jones/Betteshanger Country Park
Enjoy some open air cinema this summer Picture: Andy Jones/Betteshanger Country Park

There will be showings at Swanley Park, Ashford Outlet Centre, Canterbury Park and Ride and Betteshanger Country Park near Deal.

Nick said: "People are looking to go out but they’re worried about the two-metre distancing rules. This is a perfect way to get people out and about again with a tried and trusted event that people have always enjoyed.”

Screenings include films such as Jurassic Park, The Lion King, A Star is Born and 1917, among others. To find out which movies are running near you, and to book go to kentdriveincinema.co.uk

Hever Castle

Following on from the success of chef Tom Kerridge's Drive & Dine Theatre at Hever Castle earlier this month, there will be more al fresco nights of entertainment.

The castle is staging cinema under the stars during August, where visitors can bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs to watch open air cinema screenings, at weekends from Friday, August 7 to Sunday, August 16.

Movies being screened will be: Anne of the Thousand Days, Romeo and Juliet, Hot Fuzz, Us, The Goonies and The Gentlemen.

The Goonies Picture: Warner Bros.
The Goonies Picture: Warner Bros.

The event complements the mini Hever Festival the same month, which will not have cinema.

Tickets cost £15, with a £10 parking charge per car. Book at hevercastle.co.uk

National Theatre Live screenings join the line-up at Showcase Cinema in Bluewater.

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