UK’s biggest drive-in cinema comes to Edinburgh this Christmas

An artist's impression of the drive-in movie experience at Ingliston. Picture: Contributed
An artist's impression of the drive-in movie experience at Ingliston. Picture: Contributed
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FESTIVE film lovers are set for a Christmas treat this year as the UK’s biggest drive-in cinema is coming to the Capital.

Movie fans will be given the chance to watch Christmas classics on the world’s largest outdoor screen, and sing-a-long to cheerful music, while being served popcorn and drinks directly to their cars.

Frozen, Elf and Miracle on 34th Street are just some of the tales scheduled to be shown at the exclusive event, branded “Edinburgh’s Christmas Spectacular” from December 19-23.

The drive-in will take place at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston and organisers have said 500-750 cars will be allowed entry per showing.

Families can bring their own snacks to the venue, but organisers have said that a variety of street food, including fresh waffles, German grill and wood-fired pizza will also be on offer at the site.

Councillor Steve Cardownie, Deputy Lord Provost, said: “We witness drive-in cinemas all the time in movies and have never had the opportunity to try it before, but now we are going to be able to.

“Families will love it – they will be able to speak throughout the movie without the fear of disturbing others.

“This fantastic facility is only adding to all the great things already on offer this Christmas in the city centre.”

Created by Global Events, the Edinburgh Christmas Spectacular was designed to replicate the traditional American drive-in cinemas popular from the 1950s.

Film critic Jonathan Melville said: “Christmas movies are a perfect opportunity for families to get together and watch some films that are perhaps seen as too cheesy the rest of the year.

“Edinburgh residents love going to the cinema, with outdoor summer screenings regularly selling out.

“While I’d be concerned that it could get a bit chilly sitting in your car for 90 minutes, the novelty is bound to attract large audiences.”

Andrew Shaw, general manager of Global Events, said: “Christmas is a time where families, friends and loved ones can spend quality time together.

“We wanted to create an event that would appeal to everyone, children and adults, so they could celebrate and enjoy this great holiday together.

“Many people look forward to the Christmas period because of the iconic, festive films that get shown – they play a big part in our Christmas experience now.”

The winter drive-in follows the success of Film in the City, where hundreds of city residents sat in the streets in the summer for showings on giant screens in St Andrew Square and the Grassmarket.