It’s the classic all-American tale of romance and dance...
And what better setting for screening of Patrick Swayze classic Dirty Dancing than a huge drive-in cinema?
Dirty Dancing, which tells the story of Jennifer Grey’s Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman and her dance instructor Johnny Castle, played by Swayze, will open the highly anticipated open air Blackpool cinema next week.
The 1987 film, which kicks off three days of films at the facility, was picked by voters in a Facebook poll and will be screened on the 60 metre display on October 25 at 5pm, followed by Nightmare on Elm Street three hours later.
The American romance is one of nine movies planned for the Whyndyke Farm location in Marton, including family classics Dumbo, Toy Story, ET and Grease.
Callum McDonald, from organisers Impact Events, said: “The reaction to this has been great so far and it amassed 6,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook in 20 days.
“We put it out there to test the water and see if we could go ahead with it and the response was incredible.
“There are a lot of attractions here in Blackpool but this adds to them and is something couples or all the family can come to because it appeals to everybody - that’s why we broke the films down into categories.”
The plan is to allow 130 cars into the arena at a cost of £15 per car.
Sound for the films will be beamed into cars through FM transmitters so viewers can sit back and watch the film with crystal clear sound through their own stereo systems.
Tickets are still available for all films except Grease – planned for 4pm on October 26 – which has already sold out.
Callum added: “We hope this is popular enough to bring it back year after year because it’s quite different for people in Blackpool.
“The nearest one is in Manchester and we wanted to bring something like this to the Fylde coast.”
For the full line up of films and to book tickets visit www.blackpoolcinema.co.uk or call (01253) 767279.