6th June 2020
Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire Will Host the Lunar Open-Air Cinema in July
The Luna Cinema has announced a brand-new season today, offering film fans the opportunity to watch new and classic movies in a nostalgic, socially distanced, drive-in setting. With remote order and delivery of food and drink, and state-of-the-art sound and visuals, using the UK’s highest definition outdoor screens and a brand-new in car digital sound solution, it promises to be the ultimate drive-in cinema experience. Over the past 12 years, The Luna Cinema has established itself as the market leader in the UK’s open air and pop up cinema industry. Now, in the era of social distancing, the company announces an exciting new venture, The Luna Drive-In Cinema launching this summer at sites across the country, including Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, the Allianz Park stadium in London and Knebworth House, with more venues to be added soon. Fusing the nostalgia of classic American drive-in with up to date films and state-of-the-art sound and visuals, for those itching to return to the cinema this summer after months of home movie nights in, it’s the perfect way to return to the big screen in a safe and socially distanced way. Kicking off this July, venues will hold between 150 and 500 cars per screening and will utilise both the highest definition outdoor LED screens and Luna’s traditional digital projection cinema solution across the various sites. Blenheim Palace and Knebworth House will host a single screening each evening, seven nights a week. Allianz Park and Warwick Castle will present two screenings each night from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays and at the weekends, there will be three screenings starting in the afternoon with a film for all ages, followed by evening showings against the backdrop of the setting summer sun. It’s the perfect night out for those dreaming of a bit of lockdown escapism!
Bringing drive-in into the 21st century, the Luna team has spent the last few months working to develop a bespoke sound system, the only one of its kind in the UK, that means each car has its own personal wireless speaker so viewers can hear the film in amazing cinematic quality digital sound, without any distractions. The introduction of this technology will mean there will be no need to have the car radio running and risk draining the battery. There will also be a fantastic selection of food and drink items available either as a pre-order with tickets, or ordered from the car on the night using a smart phone, with staff speedily delivering orders on roller skates and scooters! Film fans are in for a treat with the amazing line-up of big screen hits. From award-wining new releases like Rocketman, Joker, Knives Out and the new live-action remake of Aladdin, musical favourites such as Grease and La La Land to cult classics like Pretty Woman and Dirty Dancing.
Click here to see the full programme and book tickets.
The Park and Gardens of Blenheim Place are open from 9.30 – 18.00 (last entry 16.45). Visitors must book blenheimpalace.com/ticket a date and time slot before making their way to the palace. This is essential in order to manage volumes and keep everybody safe during their visit. Car parks will be open and will be operating one-way routes and spaced allocation to ensure visitors can adhere to the 2metre distancing rules.
Valery Collins is the Experienced Traveller
An excellent raconteur, Valery has been writing about her experiences on the road since she started travelling 25 years ago. After publishing 4 books she turned to online travel writing and photography. Today she is editor, features’ writer and reviewer for ExperiencedTraveller.com and regularly contributes guided city walks to GPSmyCity.com