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The Rise of Drive-In Events

It’s no secret that the current Covid-19 pandemic has had an enormous effect on the events industry, so it’s refreshing to see that the rising popularity of drive-in events in the UK are helping to fill the “cultural void” we’re all craving.

Although it seems that the UK’s only just now getting the invitation, drive-Ins have been around for centuries. Thanks to the creative mind of Richard Hollingshead, outdoor cinemas have been popular in America since the very first screening in Camden, New Jersey on June 6th, 1933.

While cinemas in England have been allowed to reopen since 4th July, the unprecedented introduction of social distancing and the use of face masks mean that people are becoming deterred from participating in the once-loved pastime. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Drive-ins are considered to be a safer alternative.

Families, friends and those amongst your social bubble can enjoy movies, theatrics, live concerts, comedy shows and even a spot of karaoke from the comfort of their own vehicle. And we love helping clients make their drive-in event a success.

The most popular screens for drive-in events is The Excalibur 360°, the 45sqm mobile LED screen is the largest in the LMD fleet and enables up to 250 cars to enjoy the screen, while also leaving a 2 metre social distancing gap between every vehicle.

Alternatively, if you expect a smaller audience, the 27sqm mobile LED screen, which allows for up to 150 cars would be a fantastic choice and can be up and running in as little as 15 minutes from arriving on site.

Whatever your choice, both screens are self-sufficient and come with onboard production facilities, which include a DVD player, onboard generator and an experienced technician to help make your drive-in memorable.

Although summer’s nearly over and we’re creeping up to autumn, there’s no evidence of drive-in events slowing down, with many companies already planning for Halloween and Christmas themed movie nights. And with the ability to wrap up warm in the comfort of your own car, we expect these brilliantly creative events to thrive this winter.

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