Drive-in movies return to South Shields park

Mayor and Mayoress Richard and Patricia Porthouse launch the drive-in movie events with Philip and Maxwell Sheeran.
Mayor and Mayoress Richard and Patricia Porthouse launch the drive-in movie events with Philip and Maxwell Sheeran.

Movie-lovers are getting geared up for a ‘reel’ good night out – with a blockbuster schedule of film favourites being rolled out at South Tyneside beauty spot.

The Drive-in Movies events will be brought back to the big screen at Bents Park later this month by bosses at Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.

The Minions Movie is one of the films which will be featured.

The Minions Movie is one of the films which will be featured.

The series gets under way on October 24, with the final credits being rolled on November 15.

Organisers Philip and Maxwell Sheeran have announced a packed schedule of 16 film screenings.

It kicks off with a screening of Get Hard on October 24, with Grease taking top billing on October 25.

The film fun continues with Paddington on October 26 (to be confirmed), followed by Frozen (October 27), How to Train Your Dragon (October 28), the Minions Movie (October 29), The Purge (October 30) and a Halloween showing of Beetlejuice on October 31.

Princess sisters Elsa and Anna from the film Frozen, which will be shown on October 27.

Princess sisters Elsa and Anna from the film Frozen, which will be shown on October 27.

The parade of movies gathers pace with Fast and Furious on November 5, Back to the Future (November 6), Inside Out (November 7), Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone (November 8), Jurassic World (November 12), a second chance to catch Grease on November 14, and another viewing of The Minions Movie on November 15.

All screenings begin at 6.30pm, apart from the first film night on October 24, which has a 7pm start time.

Philip Sheeran said: “Previous years have been a huge success, which is why we decided to bring it back. This year we hope it to be even bigger and better.”

Residents will be able to drive into the park, with spaces available for 200 cars to get in on the fun.

The 1985 classic Back to the Future is a November highlight.

The 1985 classic Back to the Future is a November highlight.

The movie event is also aiming to help give the Mayor’s Charity a funding boost.

This year, the Mayor’s Charity is supporting Cancer Connections, Great North Air Ambulance and Alzheimer’s Society South Tyneside Branch.

Tickets, priced £20 per car, will be available from Monday from Ocean Beach Pleasure Park or by visiting www.thedriveincinema.co.uk.

Readers can get their hands on one of five free tickets for the showing of Get Hard on Saturday, October 24. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: What film is being shown on the final movie night on November 15?

Email your answers by 5pm on Wednesday, October 21 to info@driveincinema.co.uk.

Winning tickets can be picked up from the reception of Quasar in Ocean Beach Pleasure Park.