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Liverpool gets first drive-in cinema

Route 66 opens at Clarence Dock next week

Published on March 24th 2014.

Liverpool gets first drive-in cinema

LIVERPOOL gets its first drive-in cinema next week, opposite the Costco. 

Route 66, which opened Europe's first outdoor digital cinema two years ago at Trafford Park, has confirmed that it will raising the curtain an even bigger outdoor cinema here on Friday April 4. 

And just for a change, the action is not on the south docks: the big patch of land owned by Peel Holdings, at Clarence Dock, on the north of the Pier Head, is the venue. 

There will be room for 200 cars paying a flat ticket price of £20 per vehicle with punters enjoying everything from popcorn to pizza deliveries as the windows steam up.

Lee Seddon, of Route 66, said: ““We’re really looking forward to seeing the reaction of Liverpool residents to having one of the biggest and best outdoor cinemas in the country. 

Route66 Screen Low ResRoute66 Screen Low Res“Having seen the huge success of Route 66 in Manchester...we knew that there was the demand for a more exciting way to watch the latest releases than in your typical multiplex. 

“People have been driving from Liverpool to Manchester to get the drive-thru cinema experience and now they’ll be able to enjoy the big screen on their own doorstep.” 

Route 66 will show mainstream movies on a 20 metre wide screen, and plans special screenings of classics, with showtimes of 6pm, 8pm and 10pm, seven nights a week. It says the digital projector used will provide one of the highest quality outdoor images in the UK. 

Ian Pollitt, development investment surveyor at Peel Holdings, owners of the Liverpool Waters site added: “To see the Clarence Dock area animated with many visitors will be a great sight and will provide a flavour of the future we are planning for the whole of Liverpool Waters."


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21 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMarch 24th 2014.

Look at the azure blue waters of the dock, I feel all Judith Chalmers. Nestling between the bustling Costco and the sleepy fishing village over the road, the drive thru will surpass your expectations with a selection of delicious specialties served up by locals dressed in local costume, can't wait!

Judith PattersonMarch 26th 2014.

trying to be like americans isn't going to be good for Liverpool, your english.

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AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

Very small world you seem to live in Jude

AnonymousApril 7th 2014.

If you're going to make a point about being English at least spell "you're" correctly.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

We've finally stopped living in the past. We're hip and happening in 1953. Can't wait until they invent the Hula Hoop.

scouse690March 26th 2014.

Do we really need this? £20 per car (ok if there are 5 of you), BUT what a stupid old fashioned idea....and down on the docks where, when the weather is bad...it's bloody bad! I'd rather be old fashioned and go to The Woolton cinema...any day!

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AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

The market will decide I guess, be interesting to see. Can't see it being anything other than an unsustainable novelty.

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

Are you the owner of Woolton Cinema by any chance? Say Hello to Joanne for me

scouse690March 26th 2014.

Having been to "a Drive In Movie" in the "US of A" 25 years ago...it was AWFUL! A dying trend then, so why do we need it here now??? Novelty is NOT a word that springs to mind...is this a Mayor Joe idea "for creating jobs"??? Does Mayor Joe have total control over Liverpool City Council? You never hear a peep from them.

AnonymousMarch 26th 2014.

25 yrs ago movies were dying and video was king, just goes to show eh?

Leon KayMarch 26th 2014.

another fab idea for joe and peel holdings ,backhanders and trebles all round

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John BradleyMarch 26th 2014.

So Route 66, whoever they are, had nothing to do with it?When the sun comes up in the morning do you thank Joe and Peel for that?

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

No, but I bet you do.

John BradleyMarch 27th 2014.

The return of the Anonymous coward.

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

Anonymous coward? There are a lot of stalkers out there, as you well know.

John BradleyMarch 27th 2014.

I bow to your superior knowledge of the subject.

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

Knowledge is nothing compared to experience though eh John boy?

John BradleyMarch 27th 2014.

Well, you seem to be accruing plenty of that here.

RitaMarch 27th 2014.

piff!!!peel holdings

AnonymousMarch 27th 2014.

I thought the whole idea of a Drive-in Cinema was somewhere safe and dark to go for a hand shandy off yer bird. I didn't know some people actually went there to watch a film.

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MulliganApril 7th 2014.

That's what all the songs were about: "dry-humping", "blue vein solo", "The Four Knuckle Shuffle" etc.

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