The Perfect Weekend For Drive-In Cinema In Ipswich

Were you, like me, blown away by the drive-in movie scene in Grease? Danny trying to remove his class ring and punching Sandy in the process! But it wasn’t just the storyline which I remember fondly.

Watching a movie from a car with family and friends and movie snacks galore seemed so ‘out there’ (as Sandy might have said), but that’s no longer the case thanks to Danny Banthorpe and Pop Up Pictures and with a range of movies for all ages, it’s the perfect opportunity to give children a school holiday treat. I think they deserve it more than ever this year!

But don’t hang around as it’s happening this very weekend at Suffolk Showground in Ipswich.

You’ve already missed The Goonies and The Lost Boys but there’s plenty more to see today and over the weekend, starting tonight with Kevin & Perry Go Large at 7pm. The full schedule for the next few days is:

Friday July 17
Kevin & Perry Go Large (15) – 7pm
Back to the Future (PG) – 9.30pm

Saturday July 18
Moana (U) – 12.30pm
The Lion King 1994 (U) – 3.30pm
Romeo & Juliet (12) – 6.30pm
Dirty Dancing (12) – 9.30pm

Sunday July 19
Abominable (U) – 12.20pm
Jurassic Park (PG) – 3pm
RocketMan (15) – 6pm
Grease (PG-13) – 9:10pm

Gates open at 5pm on Friday and at 11am on Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices are per car start at £19.50. Tickets are available for all films except Grease which is sold out. Tickets can be booked on the Pop Up Pictures Facebook page.

Pop Up Pictures have teamed up with Eclipse Light & Sound from Ipswich, with screenings taking place on an LED screen for daylight viewing and a large projection screen after dark.

Audiences tune into FM stereos or listen via headsets to hear the movies while remaining safely in their cars. A fully comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure social distancing is will be in place. Cars provide perfect social distancing and will be parked to allow plenty of space should you need to leave your vehicle to use the on-site facilities.

Additional measures will also be put in place for a safe event experience, following all government guidelines. This includes front of house staff wearing PPE, safely distanced built in toilets, hand sanitising stations and queueing points at facilities.

Attendees are asked to respect social distancing measures when leaving their cars for the washrooms or to visit Eating Street, the amazing street food market a few seconds away from the drive-in arena where you can enjoy some amazing local street food. Grab food while you pass in the queue or walk over once you have parked up.

There is no policy prohibiting you bringing your own food and drink. Please be responsible if bringing alcohol for passengers. Challenge 25 will be in operation for those drinking alcohol in cars due to licensing conditions. Authorities will be called if drivers are seen drinking alcohol.

Tickets from £21.50 to £24.50 per car. Day movies are £21.50, early eve movies £22.50 and late movies £23.50. Horror movies are £22.50/£23.50/£24.50 depending on how many in the car.

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