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Drive-in cinema set to launch at harbour

DRIVE-IN movies by the sea, housed in a ferry terminal, will be on offer in Dun Laoghaire over the St Patrick's bank holiday weekend.

Dublin's first drive-in cinema will take up to 80 cars at each screening and will show two films a night.

It is a joint venture between Underground Cinema and the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Company.

Musical favourite Grease will kick off the series of films at the new venue on March 15 followed later that night by Steven Spielberg classic Jaws.

Other films this month include Back To The Future, The Usual Suspects, The Commitments, Alien, and Monsters University.

The cinema will operate from March 15 to 17 and 29 to 30, and further screenings are planned for later in the year.

The fifth Underground Film Festival in September will use the drive-in as one of its central venues. The festival champions emerging film-makers.


The manager of the new drive-in said it was welcome good news for Dun Laoghaire.

"We believe that the drive-in cinema will bring lots of people and families to the town over the bank holiday weekend," said Paul Ward. "Ticket sales so far have been excellent with people booking from all over the country.

"This essentially means that a lot of people will be making going to the drive-in a full day out in the town, which is great.

"It's good for us and it's good business for Dun Laoghaire."