New Drive-In cinema experience at Brighton station car park

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It has been announced that Govia Thameslink Railway has partnered with ODEON to bring a unique pop-up drive-in cinema experience at its Southern station car park in Brighton.

If the week-long pilot proves successful, it could be rolled out to more stations across the Govia Thameslink Railway network, keeping families together in their cars as Brits look for new and exciting outdoor activities amidst the easing of lockdown measures.

The drive-in cinema will launch on Monday 20 July with the first of a series of weekday evening screenings of the award-winning Joker. Over the weekend, 25 and 26 July, there will be four shows a day including cult classic The Goonies and family favourites like Shazam! and The Lego Movie 2.

While railway stations are usually associated with commuting, Govia Thameslink Railway in conjunction with ODEON is bucking the trend by transforming the car park at times when it is normally mostly empty.

Pictures will be screened on one of the highest quality giant backlit LED displays in the UK, and sound will be piped aboard moviegoers’ cars through their car stereo or a bespoke Bluetooth speaker.

Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite at £35 for a car of up to seven but they are limited so fans must act fast. Only 125 cars are allocated per screening at each station, in accordance with social distancing measures.

Southern Managing Director Angie Doll said: “This exciting partnership with a major cinema brand will keep families together in their cars and bring a truly special experience for film fans, helping our communities make the most out of the summer season as we come out of lockdown.

“Even in normal times, station commuter car parks are quiet in the evenings and at the weekend and we’ve worked carefully with ODEON to curate a worthy cinema experience for any film fan keen to try out a whole new cinematic experience.”

Sian Jenkins, Head of Sales at ODEON Events commented: “We are delighted to join forces with the team at Govia Thameslink Railway and Southern to bring a drive-in experience to a location that many are familiar with as part of their usual commute. We can’t wait to welcome our first guests, and immerse them into the world of film at such special locations.”

For a full timetable of screenings and tickets, please visit:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/odeon-southern-amp-thameslink-railway-amp-sparq-30516125986