Drive-in cinema coming to Ely - and guests are encouraged to dress like their favourite film characters

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. The Hunger Games, Grease and Moana are the films that will be shown on the day. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event next month - and guests are encouraged to come dressed like their favourite film characters for the occasion.

With the aim of “providing residents with their big screen film fix, within the safety and comfort of their cars”, Babylon ARTS and The Library Presents have teamed up with Lancaster Way Business Park (where the event will take place) to showcase a full day of family-friendly films.

Drive-in audiences will be able to enjoy Moana (PG), The Hunger Games (12A) and Grease (PG) on Saturday September 12.

With libraries cancelling their events due to Covid-19, the films were chosen with the project ‘100 Novels’ in mind; a list of 100 novels which have shaped our world.

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. The Hunger Games is one of the films that will be shown on the day. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

Claire Somerville, Babylon ARTS chief executive, said: “We’re so pleased to be able to offer this exciting cinema experience, whilst we continue to make plans to re-open Ely Cinema at The Maltings.

“It’s going to be a special event in Ely and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone having a great time.”


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Babylon ARTS is offering cinema snack packs available for pre-order for that true cinematic experience and encourages participants to dress like your favourite characters from the films, for the occasion.

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. Grease is one of the films that will be shown on the day. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

Claire added: “We’d love to see Moanas, Mauis, Pink Ladies and T-Birds as well as classic cars at the event.”

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Joanne Gray, The Library Presents manager, said: “Our team is thrilled to be delivering a ‘drive-in’, with three films for different audiences during the day.

“We are committed to bringing great arts activities to local places; we usually work in libraries but safety concerns mean we have to find alternative ways of delivering our events.

“The Hunger Games is one of the books featured in the BBC’s ‘100 Novels that Shaped our World’, chosen to spark debate as well as celebrate the joy of reading.

“We’re really looking forward to hosting this event, the first in our Autumn Season. Keep up to date on more activities starting in October by visiting our website.”

Nicola Tuck, director of Grovemere Property, said: “Grovemere at Lancaster Way Business Park are pleased to support such an innovative local event during these changing times”.

The drive-in cinema will take place on September 12. Tickets and snack packs can be purchased on the Babylon ARTS website.

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. Moana is one of the films that will be shown on the day. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 1

Ely will host its first drive-in cinema event at Lancaster Way Business Park on Saturday September 12. Picture: BABYLON ARTS - Credit: Archant

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