Monthly drive-in movies to take off at Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events have teamed up with city's airport for programme.

Drive-in: Monthly moves to be held in 2020.
Drive-in: Monthly moves to be held in 2020.

A monthly drive-in movies event is set to take off at Edinburgh Airport this summer, beginning in August.

Edinburgh International Film Festival and Unique Events have teamed up with the city’s airport for the programme, which will kickstart on the weekend of August 7.

From then it will take place on the last weekend of each month – including Thursday, August 27 to Sunday, August 30 – for the rest of 2020.

The film loaded weekends will see 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 a cult classics for adults.


There will be special Halloween and Christmas screenings in October and December.

The films will be shown on a state of the art LED screen, one of the largest mobile screens in the world.

Audio will be broadcast straight to car radios, for audiences to control the soundtrack.

Pre-film activity will be organised to keep people entertained before the movie starts, with on-screen movie quizzes, car discos, competitions and giveaways.


Cinema snacks will be available to order pre-event and collect on arrival.

Cars will be parked two metres apart as organisers look to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

Ken Hay, chief executive of Edinburgh International Film Festival, 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.”

Gordon Dewar, chief executive of Edinburgh Airport added: “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.”

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