Anger as Edinburgh’s Drive In Movie event hit by technical problems

The faulty cinema screen at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. Picture: Stephanie Curran
The faulty cinema screen at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. Picture: Stephanie Curran
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ORGANISERS of a Christmas drive-in movie event in Edinburgh have said people will be given refunds after some screenings had be cancelled because of technical problems.

Families from all over country had travelled to Ingliston on Saturday and Sunday to watch the first of ‘Edinburgh’s Drive In Movie Spectacular’. But while some showings went ahead as planned, others failed to start at all.

Stephanie Curran, 27, from Broxburn, had been looking forward to watching Miracle on 34th Street with her friend on Sunday afternoon, but said she went home “disappointed” after staring at a blank screen for more than two hours.

She said: “The whole thing was a nightmare.

“They kept telling us it would be starting in ten minutes, but that ten minutes would come and go and nothing would happen.

“My friend and I just went a long for a girly afternoon and were disappointed to see there was no stalls as advertised when we got the tickets.”

She added: “There was one family there in particular that had travelled all the way from Dundee - it was such a shame on the kids.”

While some showings went ahead as planned, on Saturday night the organisers posted on their Facebook page that due to “technical issues”, the Elf showing was cancelled .

One organiser told the Evening News he had been assured by the firm which provided the screen that yesterday’s films showings “would be fine”.

He said: “On Saturday, the company that provided us with the screen informed us that there was a problem and that we should cancel the Elf showing.

“But yesterday, up until half an hour before, we thought it would be ok. We are happy to provide refunds.”

Several visitors and traders also complained about the “Lapland Market” - saying that it was more basic than they expected and there was a lack of street food and snacks as promised.

Tickets cost £26 per car for the event, which is set to run until Wednesday.