Film fans take to their cars for the big screen

    Benjamin Stonehouse

    A new open-air drive-in cinema called Moonlight opens at The Hop Farm on Friday showing new release films and those much-loved classics seven days a week.

    Film fans will get a cinema experience that they can enjoy from the comfort of their own cars, with sound transmitted directly into the vehicle’s in-car audio system. Drinks and food can, of course, be delivered to the vehicle’s window.

    Founded by entrepreneur Benjamin Stonehouse, the cinema has capacity for 100 cars. He’s hoping moviegoers will appreciate the clear and bright image from the powerful digital cinema projector capable of using a screen up to 30 metres wide.

    “Unlike other regular cinemas, inside their car film fans can chat to their friends, even take a call, and no-one gets bothered by hearing others rustling sweets and crunching popcorn,” he said. “People can even bring their young babies or dog.”

    The cinema will launch with a showing of Grease, followed by London Has Fallen and Dirty Dancing. Three out of four of the first showings have already sold out. Tickets cost £20 in advance or £25 on the gate.