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Socially distanced drive-in cinema comes to the Highlands with festive line-up of films

By Hector MacKenzie

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Callum Campbell is bringing his drive-in cinema experience to the Highland capital.
Callum Campbell is bringing his drive-in cinema experience to the Highland capital.

AN entrepreneur is bringing a festive line-up of films to the Highlands this week with a socially distanced drive-in set to run from this evening.

Callum Campbell will bring The Drive-In Cinema UK to the Highlands for four nights screening films including Elf, Love Actually, Home Alone, Die Hard, The Grinch and It’s a Wonderful Life.

The Drive-In Cinema has been approved to go ahead in non-Tier 4 areas.

Mr Campbell, who had to withdraw from events in Glasgow due to the region entering Tier 4 in the Covid-19 restriction regime, is promising "some much-needed festive cheer and the opportunity to enjoy an out-of-home activity, but in a socially-distanced format". All event-goers are required to stay in their cars at all times and within their bubbles.

Screenings are taking place at Inverness Caledonian Thistle's stadium from Monday until Thursday, opening today with screenings of Elf, at 5.30pm and Love Actually at 9pm.

Tickets for the event are available online priced at £35 per car with two screenings each day.

The entrepreneur, who set up his first business at 18 selling t-shirts, made the move into movies in March of this year after spotting an opportunity when the first wave of restrictions were put in place, rocking the live music and events industry.

The 25-year-old said: "It's been touch and go with the varying restrictions from city-to-city, so we have had to evolve the tour almost weekly. Luckily we have a fairly agile business model, but it's certainly been a challenging few weeks. Most of the events industry has been decimated, so I am hugely aware of how lucky I am to be running a business that can continue to entertain in most areas across the UK.

"We are really excited to head for the Highlands this week; most of our screenings are just about sold out. Despite the new restrictions, people are still looking for ways to enjoy themselves sensibly and this is the perfect opportunity. Also, everyone is in need of a bit of festive cheer – and what's more uplifting than a festive film!"

To view the full schedule of screenings or book tickets, see https://thedrive-incinema.co.uk/tickets

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