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PICTURES: Film fans flock to open-air cinema in Inverness


By Gregor White

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Staff William Porter, Gerard Paton and Sammy Macneill helped make sure everyone got parked where they could see the screen. Picture: James Mackenzie
Staff William Porter, Gerard Paton and Sammy Macneill helped make sure everyone got parked where they could see the screen. Picture: James Mackenzie

Summer loving was in the air for film fans who attended an outdoor showing of a big screen classic in Inverness.

Helen Brook, Abbie Boyce, Sharlene Fraser and Georgia Ireland.
Helen Brook, Abbie Boyce, Sharlene Fraser and Georgia Ireland.

The romantic musical comedy Grease was one of four films screened at an outdoor cinema set up at the Caledonian Stadium.

Helen Brook, Abbie Boyce, Sharlene Fraser and Georgia Ireland from Inverness.
Helen Brook, Abbie Boyce, Sharlene Fraser and Georgia Ireland from Inverness.

Almost 700 people turned out over four nights this week to see John Travolta and Olivia Newton John strut their stuff, as well as the movies Braveheart, Joker and family favourite Toy Story.

Lorraine Geddes, Beverley Mackenzie, Mark Geddes and Jen Fraser were looking forward to the show. Picture: James Mackenzie
Lorraine Geddes, Beverley Mackenzie, Mark Geddes and Jen Fraser were looking forward to the show. Picture: James Mackenzie

The man behind the drive-in cinema, Callum Campbell, said despite initial access problems leading to a slightly later start than planned, overall the event had been a success and he was already planning a return to the Highland capital.

The giant inflatable screen tethered in place. Picture: James Mackenzie
The giant inflatable screen tethered in place. Picture: James Mackenzie

“It seems that everyone came and enjoyed themselves for nights which really had a nostalgic feel about them,” he said.

Drive in cinema at Caley Stadium..James McAvoy, Harley Fraser and Ben Bridge..Picture: James Mackenzie..
Drive in cinema at Caley Stadium..James McAvoy, Harley Fraser and Ben Bridge..Picture: James Mackenzie..

“I hope that we might do some Christmas showings later on in the year – I think they would be ideal.

Drive in cinema at Caley Stadium..Lauren Thomson and Scott Macdonald from Inverness..Picture: James Mackenzie..
Drive in cinema at Caley Stadium..Lauren Thomson and Scott Macdonald from Inverness..Picture: James Mackenzie..

“I’m not sure if pantos are going to be on this year, so it could be an alternative to that for a family night out.

Drive in cinema at Caley Stadium..Angela and Liah Crichton, Craig and Fiona Andrew from Inverness..Picture: James Mackenzie..
Drive in cinema at Caley Stadium..Angela and Liah Crichton, Craig and Fiona Andrew from Inverness..Picture: James Mackenzie..

“There has been some really good feedback on our Facebook page and I was very happy with the team I had around me, who helped get those positive reviews.”

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