Taking place in the great outdoors and with social distancing easy to achieve, the drive-in movie is experiencing a coronavirus-crisis boomtime as lockdown restrictions are eased. People can watch their favourite films from the comfort and safety of their own cars - or maybe even set themselves up in a pre-designated area next to their vehicle. 

There’s certainly no shortage of drive-in movie events to enjoy here in the Midlands this summer holiday, with some of the region’s historical landmarks and sporting venues offering impressive backdrops against which to view your big-screen favourites. Here are just three for your consideration...

Luna Drive In at Warwick Castle
From 4 to 16 August, Luna offers a unique drive-in experience in the grounds of one of England’s oldest castles. The eclectic programme of more than 30 screenings includes Finding Nemo, Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, Rocketman, Parasite, Joker and all-time classic Dirty Dancing. The Greatest Showman and Grease singalongs should tick the right box for those wanting a more interactive experience, while a screening of Puccini’s La Boheme is perfect for opera lovers. 
Food & drink is available on site and hampers can be pre-booked at lunadriveincinema.com, where you can also find further information about the Warwick Castle screenings. 

Great British Drive-in at Sandon Hall
Described as a summer festival of film, food and live entertainment, the Great British Drive-in runs until 13 September and claims to have the UK’s biggest drive-in screen, at 100sqm. In addition to a varied programme of big-screen classics for audiences young and old, the festival also features the Great Comedy Drive In, hosted by award-winning Jericho Comedy. Just make sure you honk and hoot to show your appreciation.

Drive-in cinema at Tamworth Castle
The films showing at this 14 & 15 August event are the award-winning The Greatest Showman and the iconic high school movie, Grease. Both were chosen via a social media public vote earlier this year and will be shown on a giant screen under the stars. 
Cinema-goers are invited to take warm blankets and a picnic, although food & drink will be on sale during both events.

More outdoor cinema events to enjoy across the Midlands:

FROZEN 2 Sat 8 Aug, Himley Hall, Dudley (12noon)
TOY STORY Fri 9 Aug, Himley Hall, Dudley (12noon)
THE LION KING Fri 9 Aug, Himley Hall, Dudley (5pm)
THE LION KING Mon 10 Aug, Warwick Racecourse
GREASE Fri 14 Aug, Grounds of Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sat 15 Aug, Grounds of Tamworth Castle, Staffordshire
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE Sun 16 Aug, Shrewsbury College, London Road, Shrewsbury
CINEMA PARADISO (1988) Sun 16 Aug, The Kingsway Open Air Cinema, King's Heath, Birmingham
BLADERUNNER Mon 17 Aug, The Kingsway Open Air Cinema, King's Heath, Birmingham
LION KING Wed 19 Aug, Rocester Football Club, Uttoxeter, Staffs
AMÉLIE Thurs 20 Aug, The Kingsway Open Air Cinema, King's Heath, Birmingham
SHREK Fri 21 Aug, Hare & Hounds, Worcester Road, Shenstone, DY10 4BU
MAMMIA MIA! Sat 22 Aug, Hare & Hounds, Worcester Road, Shenstone, DY10 4BU
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sat 21 & Sun 22 Aug, Chirk Castle
THE INCREDIBLES Sat 22 Aug, The Kingsway Open Air Cinema, King's Heath, Birmingham
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE Tues 25 Aug, Wolverhampton Racecourse
THE LION KING (1994) Wed 26 Aug, Moseley Cricket Club, Shirley,  Birmingham
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE Thurs 27 Aug, Warwick Racecourse
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN Sat 29 Aug, Bomere Heath Cricket Club, Shropshire (8pm)
THE LION KING Sat 11 Sept, Powis Castle, Welshpool
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY Sun 12 Sept, Powis Castle, Welshpool