This is where a drive-in cinema will be held in Sheffield with street food deliveries to your car

An events company launched by a Sheffield entrepreneur has confirmed the location for its first 'drive-thru’ cinema in the city.

Tuesday, 23rd June 2020, 2:07 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th June 2020, 10:26 am

The Village Screen has been popping up to show films at unusual places, such as the outdoor pool in Hathersage, Ecclesall Woods and Castleton's Peak Cavern, since 2015.

Over the past five years the venture has gained momentum, with screenings being held across the country for more than 35,000 people.

Now organisers have come up with a new, socially-distanced way of showing movies by launching the Drive Thru Cinema – and the first event in Sheffield is happening in the grounds of the Kenwood Hall Hotel in Nether Edge.

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“These events will be taking place in late July,” the Village Screen said in its latest update to supporters. “In the interests of making these events as safe as possible, we will be announcing all the details in the next few weeks.”

“We’ll be using proper cinema projection – no LED screens in sight – and we’ll be keeping the events small and intimate, in the interests of safety and customer enjoyment. We want you to have a great experience.”

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The company explained: “We’ve named it Drive Thru because we’ll be doing food and drink deliveries to your cars.”

Claire Atkinson of The Village Green Events Company.

Next month Village Screen will also be taking its drive-in cinema to the ‘cool, urban’ Middlewood Locks in Salford.

Audiences will be able to choose from a number of cult films, with sound being delivered straight to cars.

The Village Screen was established by Claire Atkinson as part of her company, Village Green Events. Claire grew up in Millhouses and began the pop-up cinema after moving back to Sheffield from London, where she worked first as a lawyer, and then for the Science Museum’s corporate sponsorship team.

“I went to outdoor screenings in London and loved them,” she said in 2015. “I remember thinking ‘I’d love to do this in Sheffield’.”

Kenwood Hall Hotel in Sheffield.

Normally audiences view films while wearing headphones and lounging on vintage deckchairs.

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The Village Screen at Peak Cavern, Castleton.

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