MOVIE fans are being asked to decide what films will be shown at a special drive-in cinema event in Skipton next month - which will be held only if the country has come out of the coronavirus lockdown.

Organised by Skipton BID, and produced by Blue Sky Cinema, Movies Under the Stars will take place over three days at the end of March and will be held in Skipton Castle’s Bailey car park.

Viewings will take place under Covid-safe regulations of the time, and appropriate viewing distance between the vehicles will allow for 60 cars per screening. Films will be shown at 3pm, 6pm and 9pm on Friday, March 26; Saturday, March 27, and Sunday, March 28. 

Geraldine Thompson, Skipton BID manager and director, said: “After a year when all events in the area have had to be cancelled due to the ongoing pandemic, we are delighted to bring a Covid-safe event to Skipton.

“Planning this with Blue Sky Cinema has been a delight, as they bring extensive experience to the table, producing drive-in cinema events under various tier structures for the last year. We’re confident that once lockdown restrictions are eased, the event can be a success for families, couples and support bubbles to enjoy in a safe environment outside of their home. “

She added: “We chose Skipton Castle Bailey Car Park due to the size, keeping it small and bespoke, yet big enough to create an atmosphere. If we do still find ourselves in lockdown at the end of March, the event will be postponed until the respective weekend in April.”

The films to be shown have not yet been finalised and people are being encouraged to have their say by voting for their favourite films online at Rombalds Radio website.

Voting continues throughout February and voters are automatically entered into a grand prize draw with a chance to win a Golden Circle VIP ticket to a film screening of their choice. With 13 main films and 11 family films to choose from, Skipton BID are confident the final selection will offer popular choices for everyone to enjoy.

Geraldine added:“Supporting the business community, visitors to the drive-in event will have a chance to visit the town’s shops, restaurants, cafes and attractions, subject to Covid-guidelines at the time. Local businesses will also have the opportunity to advertise on the big screen at no charge before the film screenings.”

Tickets will go on sale in early March via the Blue Sky Outdoors website.