Dreamland launches drive-in cinema in August

Film fans and musical misfits, get your popcorn ready – Dreamland Margate is turning the park into a socially distanced drive-in cinema this summer.

The vintage amusement park will open its doors once again on selected days over in August to show a series of fantastic films on its huge HD outdoor screen.

The Dream Team has carefully adjusted the 12 acre site so that 47 vehicles can safely drive into the Scenic Stage arena – in the middle of the amusement park, – and watch movies from the comfort and safety of their cars.

Guests attending the screenings will be able to bring their own food and drink to enjoy in their cars. A limited range of food and drink will also be available to purchase on the evening, in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

The park has been closed since mid-March due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and its rides will not be reopening this summer.  But the park team has been working hard in the interim to find ways to open the beautiful seaside site up to the public in a safe and entertaining way.

Dreamland CEO Eddie Kemsley said: “We made the difficult but responsible decision at the beginning of lockdown that, to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we could not operate our rides in summer 2020.

“But I’m delighted to announce that we’ve got a sizzling, all-you-can-treat drive-in movie programme this summer instead.

“Now parents don’t need to worry about keeping themselves and their children entertained  -and safe – because we’ve got the perfect events to enjoy. All within the stunning surroundings of our vintage  amusement park, and in the safest way possible.’

 Wednesday mornings and afternoons – family-friendly films:

    • 10.00am, 5th August              Cars  (PG)
    • 3.00pm, 5th August                Back to the Future (PG)
    • 10.00am, 12th August           Shark Tale (PG)
    • 3.00pm, 12th August             Back to the Future II (PG)
    • 10.00am, 19th August            Finding Nemo (U)
    • 3.00pm, 19th August             Back to the Future III (PG)

Friday evenings films

  • 6.00pm,  7th August               Bohemian Rapsody (12A)
  • 6.00pm,  14th August            Rocket Man (12A)
  • 6.00pm, 21st August              The Fast and the Furious (15)

Price £35 (+booking fee) per car, and Dreamland members receive a 10% discount (£31.50 + booking fee).

Dreamland members pre-sale 10am Tuesday 30th June. General admission on sale 10am Wednesday 1st July.

 Please note that larger vehicles will be positioned at the rear of the arena.

Dreamland Margate and its iconic Scenic Railway celebrate their 100th birthdays on 3rd July 2020.  The centenary celebrations will continue until 2nd July 2021, and the park has already announced a rollover of the many of its planned 2020 events to 2021.

As the park’s heritage rides do not conform to the social distancing limitations necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Dreamland has decided not to operate the amusement park as normal in 2020 in order to keep guests safe.


Full screenings programme: