What's on at The Drive In cinema in London this summer?
| By Nicholas Ephram Ryan Daniels
(Updated on Jul 21, 2020)
A little bit of nostalgia therapy is just what the doctor ordered. This summer, The Drive In at the Troubadour Meridian Water is taking us back to the 1950s. Practice good social distancing whilst reliving the magical experience of American drive-in theatre — a contact-free way to watch all your favourite blockbuster films, theatre, and live performances from the comfort of your own motor vehicle.
Featuring live actors, great entertainment, live music, stand-up comedy and more, plus all the classic cinema refreshments to keep your taste buds happy, The Drive In cinema in London is just the ticket for the cultural outing you've been missing these past few months!
What's playing at The Drive In London cinema this summer?
UPDATED (26 May 2020) to reflect added showings.
UPDATED (1 June 2020) to reflect added movies to the schedule.
UPDATED (22 June 2020) to reflect newly added shows and films.
£40 per car is quite a bargain for a whole family or group of friends to enjoy a unique cultural experience! Don't miss out on The Drive In this summer in London! Here's what's on:
Peter Rabbit (2018)
Dates: 4 July 2020 at 4.15pm and 17 July 2020 at 2pm
Runtime: 95 minutes
Synopsis: Feature adaptation of Beatrix Potter's classic tale of a rebellious rabbit trying to sneak into a farmer's vegetable garden.
Dates: 4, 14, 24 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Runtime: 100 minutes
Synopsis: Nobody puts Baby in the corner. Spending her summer holiday at a Catskills resort with her relatives, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls head over heels for Johnny Castle, the camp's dance instructor.
Bad Boys for Life
Date: 4, 31 July 2020 10.40pm & 16 July 2020 7pm
Runtime: 124 minutes
Synopsis: Bad boys, bad boys. Whatcha gonna do when they come for you! The highest-grossing blockbuster film of 2020 so far is set to hit the silver screen at The Drive In this summer! The third instalment in the Bad Boys film trilogy once again follows Miami detectives Mike Lowrey (played by Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (played by Martin Lawrence) in yet another deadly face-off. This time they're up against a mother-and-son pair of drug lords who are wreaking havoc on The Magic City.
Date: 5 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Runtime: 110 minutes
Synopsis: He wasn't kidding when he said he'd be back! The 1984 American sci-fi film that helped make Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name is scheduled to show London's Drive In cinema come July. James Cameron's masterpiece follows a human soldier named Kyle Reese (played by Michael Biehn) sent back in time from the year 2029 to take on an indestructible cyborg killing machine. The terminator's mission: to execute Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose unborn son John is destined to become the leader of the resistance against Skynet and the key to salvation.
Date: 5 July 2020 at 10.50pm
Runtime: 99 minutes
Synopsis: A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Dates: 5 July 2020 at 4pm, 10 July at 10.55pm, 4 August 2020 at 7pm
Runtime: 110 minutes
Synopsis: Good girl Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and greaser Danny Zuko (John Travolta) fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they're now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Back to the Future
Dates: 6 July 2020 at 10.30pm, 9 July 2020 at 3.30pm, 12 July at 10pm
Runtime: 116 minutes
Synopsis: Marty McFly, a 17-year-old high school student, is accidentally sent thirty years into the past in a time-travelling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the eccentric scientist Doc Brown.
Sonic The Hedgehog
Dates: 7 July 2020 at 6pm, 11 July 2020 at 12.30pm, 24 July at 4.10pm
Runtime: 99 minutes
Synopsis: After discovering a small, blue, fast hedgehog, a small-town police officer must help him defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments on him.
Dates: 8 July 2020 at 6.10pm
Runtime: 121 minutes
Synopsis: A musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John's breakthrough years.
Dates: 8 July 2020 at 9.45pm
Runtime: 146 minutes
Synopsis: Here's Johnny! A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future. Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall give the performance of a lifetime in Stephen King's most popular thriller.
Dates: 9 July 2020 at 10.40pm
Runtime: 117 minutes
Synopsis: A blade runner must pursue and terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space, and have returned to Earth to find their creator. Starring Harrison Ford (Star Wars, Indiana Jones).
Dates: 6, 15 July 2020 at 7pm and 26 July at 2.30pm
Runtime: 119 minutes
Synopsis: April 6th, 1917. As a regiment assembles to wage war deep in enemy territory, two soldiers are assigned to race against time and deliver a message that will stop 1,600 men from walking straight into a deadly trap.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Dates: 7 July 2020 at 2.30pm, 12 July 2020 at 3pm, 15 July 2020 at 10.35pm
Runtime: 114 minutes
Synopsis: Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother's past.
Dates: 7 July 2020 at 11am, 12 July 2020 at 6.30pm
Runtime: 114 minutes
Synopsis: A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate's long-lost treasure.
Jumanji: The Next Level
Dates: 8 July 2020 at 2.30pm, 11 July 2020 at 3.50pm
Runtime: 123 minutes
Synopsis: In Jumanji: The Next Level, the gang is back but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown from arid deserts to snowy mountains, to escape the world's most dangerous game.
La La Land
Dates: 9, 30 July at 7pm and 18 July at 2.30pm
Runtime: 130 minutes
Synopsis: A pianist and an actress fall for each other whilst trying to make names for themselves in Hollywood. Will all their dreams and aspirations come true, or will they lose everything?
The Shawshank Redemption
Date: 10 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Runtime: 145 minutes
Synopsis: Two men in prison develop a special bond over a period of several years, finding happiness and eventual redemption by committing a series of good deeds and acts of common decency. Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. Starring Tim Robbins as Andy Dufresne and Morgan Freeman as Ellis "Red" Redding, The Shawshank Redemption will warm your heart and set you free.
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Date: 11 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Runtime: 105 minutes
Synopsis: Before there was RuPaul's Drag Race, there was the 1994 Academy Award-winning film, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. This Australian major motion picture follows two drag queens (played by Guy Pearce and Hugo Weaving) and a transgender woman (played by Terence Stamp) as they travel across the Outback in their Priscilla tour bus. The film was a surprise hit and was among the first films to portray the LGBT community in a positive light. The cult-classic has been screened at Cannes Film Festival and was even the inspiration for the 2006 stage musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which ran in Sydney, New Zealand, the UK, Canada, and on Broadway.
Mary Poppins (1964)
Date: 13 July 2020 at 3.15pm
Runtime: 139 minutes
Synopsis: In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.
The Drive In Comedy Club with Jamali Maddix
Date: 13 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Premise: The Drive In Comedy Club on 13 July will feature Jamali Maddix, Fern Brady, Sean McLoughlin, and Tom Houghton.
Date: 13 July 2020 at 10.40pm
Runtime: 127 minutes
Synopsis: A poet falls for a beautiful courtesan whom a jealous duke covets.
Date: 14 July 2020 at 10.50pm
Runtime: 135 minutes
Synopsis: In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.
Aladdin 2019 (live-action)
Date: 14 July 2020 at 3.45pm, 19 July 2020 at 11am
Runtime: 128 minutes
Synopsis: A kind-hearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true.
Date: 15 July 2020 at 3.20pm
Runtime: 125 minutes
Synopsis: After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.
Date: 16 July 2020 at 3.50pm
Runtime: 103 minutes
Synopsis: An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation.
28 Days Later
Date: 16 July 2020 at 10.40pm
Runtime: 113 minutes
Synopsis: Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find a sanctuary.
Date: 17 July 2020 at 5.10pm
Runtime: 125 minutes
Synopsis: Competition between the maid of honour and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
Date: 18 July 2020 at 9.30pm
Runtime: 130 minutes
Synopsis: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.
LIVE: The Receipts Podcast
Date: 20 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Premise: Dubbed a ‘one of the UK’s most hilarious podcasts’ (Dazed), The Receipts Podcast has become a well-trusted voice in modern conversations, offering refreshing and entertaining perspectives on being a millennial woman in the world today. Expect frank conversations, tackled headfirst with wit and wisdom, live dilemmas and all the usual banter that comes with your girl Tolly T, Audrey formerly known as Ghana’s Finest and your Mamacita Milena Sanchez.
LIVE: Sir Ranulph Fiennes – Living Dangerously
Date: 23 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Premise: Competition between the maid of honour and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
LIVE: My Last Supper with Jay Rayner
Date: 25 July 2020 at 7.30pm
Premise: My Last Supper with Jay Rayner is a show to die for. In this barnstorming new show, based on his new book, Rayner investigates our fascination with last suppers and tells the stories of the killer dishes that would end up on his table: how he was introduced to oysters by his late mother, how he almost burnt down a hotel because of his love for snails in bubbling garlic butter and of the many ways by which the mighty pig has fed him over the years.
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