Relive the magic of the great American drive-in movie theatre and watch your favourite flicks from the comfort of your own car. Or, come by foot or bicycle with your own chairs and experience an outdoor cinema adventure with a retro twist.
Whether you’re on a date night or an outing with friends, here are 10 iconic drive-in theatre movies to enjoy.
Armed with only one word, Tenet, and fighting for the survival of the entire world, a Protagonist journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. A new film from Christopher Nolan, starring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Released back in 1978, Grease is an American musical romantic comedy starring Olivia Newton-John as Sandy and John Travolta as Danny, lovebirds from very different backgrounds. A heart-warming tale with one of the most iconic soundtracks from the movie world, you can sing along to hits such as Summer Nights and Beauty School Dropout.
He’s a successful businessman, she’s an LA hooker, but when Edward (Richard Gere) sets eyes on Vivian (Julia Roberts), the fireworks begin. A tear jerking romcom full of epic one liners, sensational outfits and romantic sparks, Pretty Woman is an all-time favourite and a must-see at the drive-in movie theatre London.
When pop diva Rachel Marron, played by the late singing sensation Whitney Houston, finds herself frightened by a stalker with a dangerous obsession, she hires former secret service agent Frank Farmer (Kevin Costner) as her bodyguard. While relationships are tense to start with, notoriously hard-headed Marron starts to soften.
As well as being a classic love story, The Bodyguard features a much-loved soundtrack including an arrangement of Whitney Houston’s smash hit I Will Always Love You.
A 1999 science fiction film, The Matrix is a thought-provoking hit starring Keanu Reeves as leading character Neo. Depicting a dystopian future in which humanity is unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality called the Matrix, this is a movie that questions human distraction and what’s actual real.
Bridget Jones’s Diary
Based on Helen Fielding’s hugely popular novel, this romantic comedy follows Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger), a post-feminist, thirty-something British woman with a penchant for cigarettes and alcohol. Aware that everyone around her is fascinated by her unsuccessful love life, will she ever find the man of her dreams?
If you’re heading to The Drive In with kids, Toy Story has all the Disney appeal you’d want for a day out with the family. First released in 1995, Toy Story follows the adventures of a young boy’s toys including cowboy Woody and new toy on the block, Buzz Lightyear.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
If you love the Star Wars movies, then how about watching the second entry to George Lucas’ trilogy at The Drive In? Follow Luke Skywalker, now a seasoned space warrior, and his cohorts Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) as they battle the insidious Empire and Darth Vader himself.
Calling all dinosaur lovers. Jurassic Park, first released in 1993, is ideal for anyone who enjoys a feisty, toothy and nervy tale featuring all the best prehistoric beasts including T-Rex. When a group of palaeontologists are tasked with touring an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA, it all gets a little hairy.
Featuring classic lines such as “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” and “I carried a watermelon,” Dirty Dancing is much-loved romantic musical dating back to 1987 – hard to believe, isn’t it? Starring Patrick Swayze as dance teacher Johnny and Jennifer Grey as Frances, AKA Baby, the movie follows the duo’s developing love which culminates in an epic dance scene to I’ve Had the Time of My Life.