Grease is the Word! - Drive-In Film Club

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Why don't we have more drive-in cinemas in London? One even features in Grease which is set in the 1950's yet they are so rare over here. Probably down to our dodgy weather I know, but the sultry weather we've been having lately suits them perfectly.

This week I went a long to the first night of the summertime run of the Drive-In Film Club, by the people at Experience Cinema and what could be a better opening night film than Grease? Grease the Sing-a-Long!

Situated in the south car park at Brent Cross Shopping Centre in North/West London, we got a little lost trying to find it at first but it is really well signed once you get into the (wrong) car park and we were able to follow the signs there. It's not a hugely glamourous affair but who needs glamour when you're being so all American, watching a movie with a pal or a partner - in your car!

We pulled up and showed our e-ticket (it's £22 per car regardless of the number of occupants) and were given a handout with some info about the night including the frequency we would need to tune into to hear the film in the car. We checked out a couple of vendors selling hot-dogs and popcorn as well as the toilet cabin, before being shown to our parking space. We'd arrived just before the film started so the car park was pretty busy already. After a quick announcement over the PA, we joined Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and the gang at Rydell High, singing along to the lyrics that appeared on the screen.

It was a balmy night so there were cars with their tops down and there was a lovely vibe, people all singing along and swaying their hands in the air to 'Hopelessly Devoted'.
Waiters and waitresses on rollerskates are also on hand to deliver sweets, drinks and popcorn to your car if you give them a flash of your headlights to catch their attention!
There didn't seem to be any rule against bringing your own goodies either, so we had a few of those in my car. We watched, sang a long and generally had a great night.
Sing with me now "We will togetherrrrrr"

The Drive-In Film Club is at Brent Cross until the 9th august and will be showing classics like Top Gun and Dirty Dancing, Ryan Gosling overload with both Drive and The Notebook and newer films like Locke starring Tom Hardy and Her with Joaquin Phoenix, both of which I'm pretty desperate to see as I missed them at the cinema. Just gotta persuade the Boy now...

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