Where to go now: Drive In Film Club

Rooftop Film Club have temporarily reinvented their al-fresco cinema experience to offer Londoners a much-needed escape with their “Drive In Film Club” at iconic London venue Alexandra Palace, set to open Saturday 4th July. The company is no stranger to drive-in film experiences, previously producing an award-winning London drive-in cinema back in 2013 and is now returning to this model to present the 2020 version of drive-in cinema built on the key principles of safety, value and community.

Bringing back the nostalgia of the drive-in cinema, the kings of outdoor cinema aim to provide relief through the power of film to Londoners during this difficult time. Guests of the new drive-in film club can enjoy an away-from-home cinematic experience from the security of their own vehicle.

With the new programme, audiences can enjoy a mix of modern and classic films, launching with the iconic “Grease,” and that famous drive-in scene. Tickets can be bought in advance online from 10am Monday 22nd June  at www.rooftopfilmclub.com/london/venue/alexandrapalace. The contactless drive-in cinema opens with 2 different screenings seven days a week, with the first programme spanning through to 31st July. More films will be released throughout the season.

Rooftop Film Club co-founder and CEO Gerry Cottle said: “We want to bring people together, albeit safely, during this challenging age of social distancing. We believe that leaving your home in the safety of your vehicle will provide a fresh opportunity to share new experiences with the people you’re isolated with. We also want to give our staff an opportunity to earn a living without compromising their health and partner with local businesses so they too can continue to operate and generate economic value. At the same time, we want to give back where we can. Drive-in cinemas first arrived in the US when the world was recovering from economic turmoil, and here it is again to help us on our way.”

Tickets to the Drive In Film Club  are £27.50 per car for 5pm and 2pm screenings and £29.50 for 8pm screenings, regardless of occupancy (cars, SUVs and 4x4s only), and guests have the option to bring their own snacks and drinks or choose to order concessions, hot dogs and drinks from the on-site crew. All orders are made online and will be dropped off outside customers’ car doors. Concession items include popcorn, chocolate and drinks.  Hot food will be supplied by Popdogs hot-dogs. From American Classics to Pan-Asian delights, Popdogs brings flavours from all corners of the globe with this fast-food favourite.

Once they arrive, movie-goers will be met by a giant 40-foot LED screen.  Parking will be assigned upon arrival. Film audio can be picked up through local FM stereo in the car, or guests can bring a portable radio if they prefer. Restrooms with extra sanitisation procedures will also be available on site.

Guests are encouraged to check film age ratings before purchasing tickets. Doors open one hour prior to the screening.

To give thanks to the heroes on the frontline fighting to save our lives, the Drive-In will be reserving 20 free tickets per screening for the UK’s incredible NHS workers. To qualify, a valid NHS email address will be required.  And as the UK is dealing with two crises right now – a pandemic and systemic racism, all proceeds from one screening/month will be donated directly to anti-racism charities.

The existing Rooftop Film Club venues remain temporarily closed adhering to UK guidelines.

First 2 Weeks Film Listings

The full July programme can be viewed on the website from Monday 22nd June.

Sat July 4th Grease              Back to the Future
Sonic the Hedgehog

Sun July 5th                         10 Things I Hate About You
Pulp Fiction
Captain Marvel

Mon July 6th                         Toy Story
Do The Right Thing

Tues July 7th                        The Incredibles
Knives Out

Wed July 8th                         Mean Girls
The Goonies

Thurs July 9th                      Grease
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Fri July 10th                          ET
Jurassic Park

Sat July 11th                         Dirty Dancing
Fight Club
The Lego Movie Part 2

Sun July 12th                        Up
If Beale Street Could Talk
Black Panther

Mon July 13th                       Sing
500 Days of Summer

Tues July 14th                      Grease

Wed July 15th                      Shrek

Thurs July 16th                   Aladdin
The Big Lebowski

Fri July 17th                         Back To The Future
Breakfast At Tiffany’s

For more information about Rooftop Film Club, visit rooftopfilmclub.com. You can also stay connected socially on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram:

·      Instagram: @RooftopFilmClub

·      Facebook: @RooftopFilmClub

·      Twitter: @RooftopFilmClub

·      #RFCDriveIn


Rooftop Film Club

The ultimate open-air film experience, Rooftop Film Club started as a single rooftop in London’s Shoreditch in 2011 and has now expanded globally with three venues in the UK and five venues in LA, NYC, San Diego, and now Houston. Sold out crowds enjoy sunset film screenings under the stars using state of the art projectors, high-quality wireless headphones, comfy deck chairs, cosy blankets, all coupled with the best food and drink.

About Alexandra Park and Palace  

Alexandra Park and Palace Charitable Trust is the body responsible for maintaining and repairing the charitable assets of Alexandra Park and Palace as a place of public resort and recreation, forever, by Act of Parliament. The Charity aims to restore the iconic assets to create a successful and sustainable asset for all. For further information about the Park and Palace and the work of the Trust visit www.alexandrapalace.com

Today Alexandra Palace is surrounded by 196 acres of Grade II listed parkland and offers unprecedented views of the city. The multi-award-winning destination maintains its original enterprising spirit by hosting an eclectic mix of live music, sport, cultural and leisure events throughout the year. A £1 restoration levy is included within the ticket price which will go towards assisting with essential works required to enhance the visitor experience at Alexandra Palace.

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