STORYHOUSE Chester has announced that it will be taking over venues across the city this summer with its drive-in cinema experience.

Film fans will be able to watch a series of classic movies from the safety and comfort of their own cars starting this Wednesday (July 8).

For the very first time, Storyhouse is teaming up with Chester Race Company who have given them complimentary use of their Linenhall car park to show five films in five days as part of its socially-distanced Moonlight Drive project.

The films are:

  • Back to the Future, July 8
  • Grease, July 9
  • Mary Poppins Returns, July 10
  • Jurassic Park, July 11
  • Sister Act, July 12

New films and venues will be announced across the summer.

Storyhouse have invested in a huge 30ft ‘Airscreen’ to deliver the events, with audio being broadcasted to cars FM radios.

Andrew Bentley, Storyhouse CEO, said: "We are delighted to be launching Moonlight Drive, which will alternate across the city with our open-air cinema Moonlight Flicks when that opens on 14th July.

"It's been a race against time to get the film and other licences in place after the government gave approval, these two events will hopefully cheer us all up this summer.

"The government announced today a rescue package for the arts to help closed theatres, in reality we need to get back to work and preserve jobs, not go into hibernation.

"Storyhouse can't and won't be closing and Moonlight Drive is one of many initiatives we will be launching to try to assist our very real fight for survival. They will all be as fun as this one.”

Chief Executive of Chester Race Company, Richard Thomas, said: "We're pleased to be working in collaboration with Storyhouse, having agreed complimentary use of the Linenhall car park site to show a series of films this coming July.

"The car park is the ideal location within the city centre to facilitate an event of this kind, under current government guidelines and the schedule of films on offer ensures there is something for everyone.

"We hope that this is the beginning of partnership will benefit the community of Chester and the surrounding areas as we look to stage further collaborative events in the future."

Tickets are £33.50 per car (up to 2 people) for the first three rows and £29.50 for standard tickets. Films will be screened from 9.30pm. Storyhouse Members receive 10% off.

There will also be pizza available to pre-order to be delivered to your car, as well as sweets and drinks.

Complimentary parking arrangements at Linenhall car park will remain unaffected for July, with the car park remaining open to the public free of charge between the hours of 6am-6pm.