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Drive-in and open air cinemas in Surrey

With social distancing de rigueur the summer, the local arts industry has had to find new ways to keep cinema alive. Cue the drive-in cinema - we've found the best in Surrey and further afield.

Loxwood Drive-in Movies

What? A classic drive-in cinema experience comes to the gorgeous Loxwood Meadow. Expect cutting-edge sound, high-definition cinema screens, a diverse selection of films, plus an on-site food and drink delivery service that delivers straight to your car, contact-free. 

Where? Loxwood Meadow is in Loxwood, West Sussex – just 15 minutes drive from Cranleigh and Godalming

When? Thurs 9 to Wed 22 July

What’s on?
Thurs 9 July – The Lego Movie and A Knight’s Tale
Fri 10 July – Rocketman and Finding Nemo
Sat 11 July – Despicable Me and Grease
Sun 12 July – The Goonies and Dirty Dancing
Mon 13 July – The Lion King and Joker
Tues 14 July – The Amazing Spider-Man and Pulp Fiction
Thurs 16 July – Toy Story and Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Fri 17 July – Wall-E and Mamma Mia
Sat 18 July – The Incredibles and The Matrix
Sun 19 July – Chicken Run and The Notebook
Mon 20 July – The Lego Batman Movie and Back To The Future
Tues 21 July – Beauty and the Beast and Alien
Wed 22 July – Cars and Notting Hill
Bookings and information

Tom Kerridge’s Drive & Dine Theatre

What? With Pub in the Park cancelled this year, the Michelin-starred marvel chef has instead organised a drive-in cinema experience, complete with a top-notch foodie offering (we wouldn’t expect anything less).

Where? The event is popping up in eight locations including Selhurst Park near Croydon, Syon Park near Chiswick, Hever Castle near Tunbridge Wells and Henley Showground in Marlow.

When?
Hever Castle – 14 to 19 July
Henley Showground – 14 to 26 July
Selhurst Park – 28 July to 2 Aug
Syon Park – 28 July to 2 Aug

What’s on? There are 14 films of the movie reel, including La La Land, Back to the Future, Grease, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Ghost. There’ll also be a comedy set from Mark Watson’s Carpool Comedy Club (Fri 31 July at Selhurst Park, Sat 1 and Sun 2 Aug at Syon Park, Thurs 16 and Fri 17 July at Hever Castle and 18 July at Henley). Bookings and information

Reels and Wheels

What? Four full days of screenings of childhood movies, family favourites and bucketfuls of popcorn (obvs).

Where? Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge

When? Thurs 30 July to Sun 2 Aug

What’s showing?
Thurs 30 July – Jurassic Park and Dirty Dancing
Fri 31 July – The Goonies and A Star is Born
Sat 1 Aug – Avengers Assemble, Back to the Future, Forest Gump and Pretty Woman
Sun 2 Aug – Lion King, Mamma Mia, Grease, Joker
Bookings and information

Adventure Drive-in

What? A combination of classic films and DJ sets, the Adventure Drive-in popping up around the UK, including Surrey bringing film and music to live via quality wireless speakers and LED screens. Bring your own food and drink – don’t forget the popcorn.

Where? Nutfield Priory, near Redhill, RH1 4EL

When? From Aug 18 to 20

What’s showing?
Tues 18 Aug – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dirty Dancing and 80s v 90s Drive-in Party
Wed 19 Aug – Back to the Future, Joker and Club Classics Drive-in Party
Thurs 20 Aug – Knives Out, The Lion King and Pulp Fiction

Luna Cinema

What? A socially distanced outdoor film extravaganza. The Luna Bar will be onsite serving a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks including beer, Prosecco, wines, spirits and soft drinks. Hot drinks will also be available at the bar. And gourmet food vans will be offering snacks.

Where?
Guildford Cathedral, Stag Hill, Guildford
Priory Park, Reigate
Hampton Court Place, East Molesey

When?
Hampton Court Palace – Thurs 30 July to Sun 2 Aug
Guildford Cathedral – Sat 15 and Sun 16 Aug
Priory Park – Fri 11 to Sun 13 Sept

What’s showing?
Hampton Court – Joker (30 July), Rocketman (31 July), Grease (1 Aug) and Romeo + Juliet (2 Aug)
Guildford – Rocketman ( 15 Aug) and The Greatest Showman Sing-a-long (16 Aug)
Priory Park – Joker (11 Sept), Rocketman (12 Sept) and Notting Hill (13 Sep)
Bookings and information – Hampton Court
Bookings and information – Guildford
Bookings and information – Reigate

Peachy Cinema

What? Part of the Peachy Playhouse drive-in festival for mind, body and soul organised by Surrey based event organisers Peachy Productions. The festival brings theatre, comedy, cabaret, fitness and films via a drive-in experience.

Where? Loseley Park, Guildford

When? Sat 18 to Fri 31 July

What’s showing?
Sun 19 July – Sonic the Hedgehog, Joker
Mon 20 July – Grease sing-a-long
Wed 22 July – The Lion King
Fri 24 July – Rocketman
Sun 26 July – Mary Poppins Returns, Pulp Fiction
Mon 27 July – Mamma Mia!
Wed 29 July – Toy Story
Fri 21 July – A Star is Born
Bookings and information

Cinedrive

What? With some pretty lovely views, it’s a picturesque backdrop for a film night out. Films are shown on a 100 square metre LED screen – the biggest screen in Surrey, apparently. Food and drinks can be ordered via an app and delivered direct to your car.

When? Fri 24 July to Tues 4 Aug

Where? Hurtwood Park Polo Club

What’s on?
Fri 24 July – A Star is Born
Sat 25 July – The Lego Batman Movie, Joker
Sun 26 July – Happy Feet, The Hangover
Mon 27 July – Casablana, Goodfellas
Tues 28 July – The Exorcist
Wed 29 July – Hairspray, A Star is Born
Thurs 30 July – The Shining
Fri 31 July – The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix
Sat 1 Aug – The Colour Purple
Sun 2 Aug – The Goonies, I Am Legend
Mon 3 Aug – Wonder Woman
Tues 4 Aug – Dumb and Dumber, Joker
Information and booking

Stoke Place

What? A brand new cinema under the stars, set in 26 acres of stunning parkland, with classic American sweet treats and snacks available to pre-order. We’re talking Monterey Jack cheeseburgers, hotdogs and skinny fries – all essential food groups covered.

Where? The grounds of stunning 17th century country mansion Stoke Place in Slough, Berks.

When? Fri 4 July, Fri 10 and Sat 11 July

What’s showing: Take your pick from three films: Independence Day (4 Jul) The Greatest Showman (10 Jul) and Dirty Dancing (11 Jul). You can park up at 8.30pm and the films will start at 9.30pm when the sun’s set.

Independence Day will be shown on Saturday, July 4, The Greatest Showman will screen on Friday, July 10 and Dirty Dancing will follow on Saturday, July 11. All the films will begin at 9.30pm with arrival from 8.30pm. To book email enquiries@stokeplace.co.uk or call 01753 534 790.

Painshill

What? Open air cinema on the lawns at Painshill landscape gardens. Social distancing measures will be in place.

Where? Painshill, Cobham

When? Fri 21 – Sun 23 Aug

What’s showing?
Fri 21 Aug – Dirty Dancing
Sat 22 Aug – Pretty Woman
Sun 23 Aug – Rocketman
Tickets on sale soon. Information here

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6 comments on “Drive-in and open air cinemas in Surrey”

  • Mark Clement June 30, 2020

    Went onto Luna Cinema’s website and no mention of Guildford on the 16th August. Can you confirm how to book tickets please.

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  • Gill June 30, 2020

    I think this is a wonderful idea but the choice of films [ most of which we have seen lots ] would put me off, the majority seem to be geared towards family entertainment.

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  • Elisabetta June 30, 2020

    Hello Amber,
    This is such a great idea! It’s another example of how creative, entrepreneurial and collaborative people are during these surreal times. I think Tom Kerridge’s events might win hands-down just for the top-notch food that will be offered!
    We went to drive-in movies when I was working in New York: it’s such a definitive American experience!
    It would be nice to see some more independent films being screened as well.

    Reply
    • amberevans June 30, 2020

      I agree – on all counts. Tom’s food makes his offering very attractive. And we’d love to see more independent films screened also.

      Reply
  • Ben Taylor July 3, 2020

    Great article. Can’t wait to take the kids this summer. There is also another one near Cranleigh at Hurtwood park polo club called CineDrive http://www.cinedrive.co.uk. Starts on 24th

    Reply

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