People will soon be able to enjoy drive-in movies at Edinburgh Airport in an initiative involving the city’s international film festival.
Organisers of the annual extravaganza have teamed up with Unique Events and Edinburgh Airport to produce a monthly showcase from August until the end of the year.
The weekend events, programmed by the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) team, will involve four screenings a day, starting with a Drive-In Kids Club’ at 10am, Family Favourites in the afternoon, an evening Blockbuster and a late-night screening of Cult Classics for adults.
Cars will be parked two metres apart to create a safe environment for families and friends to enjoy a film in line with Scottish Government guidelines for outdoor events.
Ken Hay, chief executive of EIFF, said: “We’re delighted we’ve found a way to bring some great films to Edinburgh audiences despite the challenges we currently face.
“It’s not the festival as we know it but still a way to bring a part of it to life this year.
“Film Fest in the City has been a very popular part of the festival in recent years and working with Unique Events again we hope to be able to create that fun atmosphere at our new airport-based drive-in movies, starting with two fantastic weekends in August.”
The EIFF was meant to take place in June but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The first events will be from Friday August 7 to Sunday August 9 and will then take place on the last weekend of each month, starting from Thursday August 27 to Sunday August 30.
The films will be screened in the long stay car park next to the terminal and runway.
Unique Events directors Penny Dougherty and Alan Thomson said: “We’re thrilled to be producing this brand-new event for Edinburgh and continuing our successful partnership with EIFF to deliver another exhilarating outdoor cinema experience.
“Each month, the drive-in movies will let audiences get away from it all, with a packed programme of classic cinema in a fun, safe environment for family and friends, whilst supporting local businesses and events.”
From Wednesday July 8, those who have registered online at edfilmfest.org.uk will be the first to receive detailed film and ticket announcements and be able to book for the events.
Standard tickets are expected to be priced at £35 per vehicle for up to five people.
Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport, said: “Edinburgh is world-renowned for its festivals and although things are a bit different at the moment, it’s important we all try to provide and hold on to little bits of normality where we can.
“We know that people are missing things they love to do, such as heading off on holiday or trips to the cinema, so we are more than happy to try and provide a bit of both in one night.
“We’re looking forward to working with the EIFF and Unique to make this a success and see the Edinburgh Airport drive-in really take off.”