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Drive-In cinema: Company to bring classic Americana to Burnley

A TOURING drive-in cinema company that allows audiences to watch their favourite films while still adhering to social distancing regulations is coming to Burnley next month.

Daisy Duke’s Drive-In Cinema’s tour began in York and on Teesside and will include several other locations across the north of England including York, Stockport, Bolton, Rochdale and many others for a total of 21 weekend events at landmark sites.

The screening’s will be modelled on 1950s style American theatres with classic cars and 50s style special effects on display and will display a variety of classic films to suite all tastes.

A spokesman said: “As a company operating in an events industry that has seen a devastating downturn due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we have had to adapt and pivot to a new way of working - much like everybody else"

Drive-in cinemas had in fact been popular in America for very similar reasons to Daisy Duke’s revival.

In the 1950s American audiences flocked to such venues in order to enjoy new releases whilst practicing social distancing in order to contain the era’s polio outbreak.

Now, the coronavirus outbreak has given new impetus to drive in events.

Daisy Duke’s spokesman said: "What was once seen as a dying industry has been revived due to the ongoing restrictions and we have already experienced a massive uptake for our debut weekend at York Racecourse and hometown showing on Teesside."

The company’s current roster of films includes The Jungle Book, The Lion King, Mamma Mia, Frozen, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Greatest Showman, A Star is Born, 28 Days Later, Pulp Fiction and Joker, to be projected onto high quality LED screens with audio transmitted directly into car radios.

The company will release further information on the location and exact scheduling of the Burnley screening, as well as possible additional locations soon.

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