Troubadour opens Meridian Water drive in cinema

Fri 24 July 2020, 5:22 pm

A new contact-free way to experience film, pre-recorded theatre and live events opened in July at Troubadour Meridian Water, Enfield.

The Drive In is located at the heart of the Merdian Water regeneration area of Enfield. It aims to revive the magic of the great American drive in theatre: a contact-free way to experience film, theatre and live performances.

The leader of Enfield Council, cllr Nesil Caliskan, said: "This is great news for the borough and residents of Edmonton. A drive-in cinema at Meridian Water, which will only open once all safety concerns have been considered and addressed, will give people the opportunity to enjoy a leisure activity during this difficult time. Free tickets will be made available for our heroic NHS and care workers.

"The initiative will help kick-start the local economy and accelerate the expansion of commercial and leisure activities in the East of the borough. Enfield Council is rapidly progressing the £6 billion Meridian Water regeneration scheme so we can deliver thousands of homes, jobs and opportunities for local people."

The Drive In aims to evoke nostalgia for the 1950s and the golden age of Hollywood with contact-free modern features: sound is played direct to vehicles’ speakers, and the screen is described as top-of-the-range. Snacks and drinks are available to order through a mobile app and delivered by a team of 1950s-style attendants. Vehicles are spaced two metres apart and tickets scanned through closed car windows. Toilets will be cleaned between uses. 

Live performances include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jay Rayner and The Receipts Podcast, and hit films including Grease, Aladdin, Dirty Dancing, Jumanji: The Next Level and Sonic the Hedgehog will be screened. Every showing will offer 10 free car tickets to NHS and care workers.

Troubadour Meridian Water is operated by Troubadour Theatres, which transformed the old Fountain Studios in west London to launch Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre last year. Laura Elmes, producer for The Drive In, said: "After the events of the last few months the appetite to experience live entertainment but in a safe and socially distant way is growing. The safety and enjoyment of our customers will be our first priority, so I can think of no better way to start to enjoy cinema and live entertainment than by doing it in a completely contact free way.

"At The Drive In audiences will stay in their cars whilst still enjoying the incredible experience of cinema, pre-recorded theatre and live events. We hope audiences cannot wait to be entertained again."