Drive-in cinema gears up

Alexis Payne and Callum McDonald from Impact Events with their Blackpool Outdoor Cinema screen at Whyndyke Farm.

Alexis Payne and Callum McDonald from Impact Events with their Blackpool Outdoor Cinema screen at Whyndyke Farm.

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The magic of drive-in cinema is set to come to Blackpool tonight.

Classic chick flick Dirty Dancing will be shown at the premier of Blackpool’s outdoor cinema at 5pm, with a screen erected at Whyndyke Farm, off Preston New Road.

Around 200 tickets have already been sold for the initial show, which will allow people to watch the film from the comfort of their own car.

Callum McDonald, from organisers Impact Events, said: “Ticket sales are still coming in thick and fast.

“We’re keeping sales open until an hour before the film starts and it looks like it’s going to be quite busy.

“The great thing for us is that people were trying to buy tickets before we even announced the film.

“People want to come and see a good film, but a lot of people are excited about the experience and asking if it’s going to be a recurring thing.”

Film lovers are coming from as far afield as Wigan and Cheshire to see Dirty Dancing.

The 1987 film, which kicks off three days of films at the facility, was picked by voters in a Facebook poll.

Horror classic A Nightmare On Elm Street will also be shown at 8pm tonight, though only people over 18 may attend.

In total nine movies are planned to be screened at the cinema.

ET will be shown at noon, Grease at 4pm and The Shining at 7.30pm on Saturday.

Sunday’s screenings are Dumbo at noon, Toy Story at 2pm, Star Wars at 4.30pm and Halloween at 8pm.

Sound for the films will be beamed into cars through FM transmitters so viewers can sit back and watch the movie with crystal clear sound through their own stereo systems.

And Callum says preparations are well in place, despite the vehicle carrying the screen being held up in motorway traffic on its way up from Cornwall yesterday.

He added: “We’re based on Whyndyke Farm and do car boot sales there all year round anyway so there’s no nerves as such.

“We’re just getting into excitement mode now.

“We’re checking the weather forecast every hour and we can still go ahead even in a bit of rain.

“The only thing that would stop us is dense heavy fog, snow or 80mph winds – and they’re not forecast.”

To book tickets visit www.blackpoolcinema.co.uk or call (01253) 767279.