Drive-in cinema is hot property for 2020, and London’s drive-in pioneers, Rooftop Film Club, are set to return to Alexandra Palace from 4 July
Lead image: Courtesy Rooftop Film Club
Rooftop Film Club, which has hosted alfresco film screenings on London rooftops from the Bussey Building in Peckham to Stratford’s Roof East and The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, is returning to its old stomping ground of Alexandra Palace with another summer of drive-in movies.
Rooftop Film Club’s previous drive-in cinema, which visited Sandown Park and Brent Cross, as well as Ally Pally, won awards, so these guys have got previous in roller-skating popcorn right to your parking spot.
Things are a little different this year, of course, in that there will be more physical distancing and hand sanitiser involved. The contactless drive-in cinema will offer an away-from-home (hallelujah!) cinematic experience, all from the security of your own vehicle.
‘We want to bring people together, albeit safely, during this challenging age of social distancing.
‘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.’
‘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’
The line-up will offer a mix of modern and classic films, launching with the iconic Grease (apt given its famous drive-in scene), with more films released throughout the season.
Films will be screened on a giant 40-foot LED screen, parking will be assigned upon arrival, audio can be picked up through local FM stereo in the car, and toilets, complete with extra sanitisation procedures, will be available on site.
You can even bring your own snacks and drinks, or order concessions like popcorn and chocolate, Popdogs hot dogs and drinks online to be dropped off outside your car door.
What’s on @ the rooftop film club
You will be able to view the full July programme online from Monday 22 June,
but the first two weeks are as follows:
Saturday 4 July
Back to the Future
Sonic the Hedgehog
Sunday 5 July
10 Things I Hate About You
Monday 6 July
Do The Right Thing
Tuesday 7 July
Wednesday 8 July
Thursday 9 July
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Friday 10 July
Saturday 11 July
The Lego Movie Part 2
Sunday 12 July
If Beale Street Could Talk
Monday 13 July
500 Days of Summer
Tuesday 14 July
Wednesday 15 July
Thursday 16 July
The Big Lebowski
Friday 17 July
Back To The Future
Breakfast At Tiffany’s
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 (although you wont’ getaway with driving a mini-bus through the gates – cars, SUVs and 4x4s only).
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.
‘Lockdown has posed venues like ours significant challenges and we’ve had to find innovative ways to keep working’
‘Lockdown has posed venues like ours significant challenges and we’ve had to find innovative ways to keep working, where possible, and keep entertaining,’ added Lucy Fenner, Commercial Director at Alexandra Palace.
‘Rooftop Film Club is a great example of doing just this. I’d encourage anyone who is able to travel to this lovely part of north London to check out the schedule and get involved.’
The Drive-In will be reserving 20 free tickets per screening for NHS workers, and all proceeds from one screening per month will be donated directly to anti-racism charities.
Tickets go on sale at 10am Monday 22nd June at rooftopfilmclub.com