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All day drive in cinema event in Ely

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Ely will see it’s first drive-in cinema event, providing residents with their big screen film fix, within the safety and comfort of their cars.

Babylon ARTS, in collaboration with The Library Presents and supported by Lancaster Way Business Park, where the Drive-In Cinema will take place, have organised the event on Saturday, September 12, which includes a full day of films suitable for all the family. Drive-in audiences will be able to enjoy Moana (PG), The Hunger Games (12A) and drive-in classic - Grease (PG). With libraries cancelling their events due to Covid-19, the films were chosen with the project ‘100 Novels’ in mind; a list of 100 novels which have shaped our world.

Babylon ARTS’ chief executive, Claire Somerville said “We’re so pleased to be able to offer this exciting cinema experience, whilst we continue to make plans to re-open Ely Cinema at The Maltings.” Claire continues “It’s going to be a special event in Ely and we’re really looking forward to seeing everyone having a great time.”

Babylon ARTS is offering cinema snack packs available for pre-order for that true cinematic experience and encourages participants to dress like your favourite characters from the films, for the occasion. Claire said “We’d love to see Moanas, Mauis, Pink Ladies and T-Birds as well as classic cars at the event.”

Joanne Gray, The Library Presents Manager said “The Library Presents team is thrilled to be delivering a ‘drive-in’, with three films for different audiences during the day. We are committed to bringing great arts activities to local places; we usually work in libraries but safety concerns mean we have to find alternative ways of delivering our events. The Hunger Games is one of the books featured in the BBC’s ‘100 Novels that Shaped our World’, chosen to spark debate as well as celebrate the joy of reading. We’re really looking forward to hosting this event, the first in our Autumn Season. Keep up to date on more activities starting in October by visiting our website www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/arts.”

Nicola Tuck, director of Grovemere Property said “Grovemere at Lancaster Way Business Park are pleased to support such an innovative local event during these changing times”.

The Drive-In Cinema will take place on Saturday, September 12. Tickets and snack packs can be purchased on the Babylon ARTS website.

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