Drive-In Movies are back in Portsmouth

Want a fun and safe outdoor activity for the whole family? Drive-in movies are back thanks to Portsmouth Film Society!


PFS is kicking off its fifth outdoor cinema season with Back to the Future (1985) on Friday 10th July at Cascade Shopping Centre carpark roof, the first of its twice a week drive-in movies throughout the summer.

The drive-in cinema events will be Friday and Saturday nights, and you will have a chance to experience popular, nostalgic films under the stars with the latest advances in FM technology to distribute sound through your car radio or handsets.

Before the screenings, there will be activities such as games, singalongs, light shows, karaoke, and free PFS Sunset t-shirts will be given to those who cosplay as film characters. Three outdoor cinema events will be free for NHS staff including the first film Back to the Future, which will be opened by Councillor Steve Pitt, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Development and Deputy Leader, from his car.

Drive-in movies are just one of the reasons that community cinemas are making a comeback and PFS was one of the first to bring outdoor cinema to the South coast.

“The drive-in concept is just still really cool. it is often on someone’s bucket list to visit a drive-in movie theatre and an important part of pop-culture history. At PFS we are supported by the British Film Institute to bring specialised films and drive-in/outdoor cinema to Portsmouth again this year and we have a wonderful volunteer team keen to prepare the drive-in cinema events.” – Aysegul Epengin, PFS Director.

As the UK and the rest of the world slowly begin to emerge from such unprecedented circumstances, PFS are pleased to let you know that they are still working hard and safely increasing their outdoor cinema service capacity. This year’s season of summer films screened by Portsmouth Film Society will be drive-in events using the Cascades car park area, and conforming to the latest COVID-19 public health and safety regulations, dutifully following the precautions set by WHO and the UK Government in relation to social distancing.

The programme of films will be a popular and varied selection:

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018). Five years after the events of Mamma Mia, Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past. Cue more Abba songs. With Lily James, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters and Cher.

Baby Driver (2017). A young getaway driver’s playlist helps him stay in the fast lane in this exciting car chase thriller musical. With Ansel Elgort and Lily James.

The Gentlemen (2019). An American expat tries to sell off his highly profitable marijuana empire in London, triggering plots, schemes, bribery and blackmail in an attempt to steal his domain from under him. Directed by Guy Ritchie, with star turns from Matthew McConaughy and Hugh Grant.

Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). A bizarre convoy-chase action fantasy in the post-apocalyptic Australian desert. With Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Forrest Gump (1994). Forrest sees America through the presidencies of Kennedy and his successors and events such as the Vietnam War and Watergate, and inspires people with his childlike optimism. With Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Robin Wright. Won six Oscars, including ‘best picture’ and ‘best actor’ for Hanks.

Tickets only via online booking for £20 per car plus £2 booking fee and further information please go to the Portsmouth Film Society’s website or email

Car entry time: 8pm-9pm; Screening time: 9.30pm.