Drive In Movies at Edinburgh Airport

Services: Event Design & Creation, Production, Programming, Event Delivery

Client: Unique Events in partnership with Edinburgh International Film Festival

Event Dates: Last weekend of each month


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Edinburgh's largest Drive In Cinema experience taking place at Edinburgh Airport until 2021

The Brief


In response to the on-going restrictions for live events, Unique Events along with event partners Edinburgh International Film Festival and Edinburgh Airport, have created a quality new Drive-In Movie experience for all ages.

Drive In Movies at Edinburgh Airport takes place on the last weekend of each month and the first event was hailed a huge success with audiences of over 4,000 attending cinema screenings in a safe and social environment.

Tickets are now on-sale for September (24 – 27 Sept) are now on-sale at with another packed programme of cinema classics featuring Back to the Future, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mamma Mia!RocketmanToy Story and Mean Girls.

The opening weekend of Drive-in Movies saw thousands of people from Edinburgh and Lothians enjoying a fantastic outdoor cinematic experience in the comfort of their own vehicles and in the unique surroundings of Edinburgh Airport. Strictly following the health and safety regulations and the Scottish Government’s advice, Drive-in Movies offered a safe and fun environment for people of all ages to experience what was the first post-lockdown outdoor event for many.

A top-notch selection of films was shown on a state of the art 100sqm LED screen, one of the largest mobile screens in the world with the audio broadcast straight to cars, for audiences to control the soundtrack. Audiences sang along to Sunshine on Leith and Grease, shed a tear at Up, fell in love during William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and enjoyed the planes landing and taking off nearby which was a particular treat at the screenings of Con Air and Airplane!

Prior to each film, audiences had a chance to sample some of the best fish and chips in the country from seafood specialists Alandas and those not behind the wheel, Edinburgh-based award-winning brewery’s Cold Town Beer. Nairn’s Oatcakes distributed their ever-so-popular Oat Bars as a special treat for families who came to see Up and Mary Poppins Returns. Popular Edinburgh DJ Stewart Calverto became Captain Calverto as he warmed up the crowds with car disco and quizzes with spot prizes.

Audiences took to social media to share their views of the event:

‘Great afternoon at #Edinburghdrivein @EdinburghAirpo1 Brilliantly presented by @UniqueEventsltd and @edfilmfest’

‘Had an epic time tonight at seeing alien at #EdinburghDriveIn, great set up’

‘brilliant night out at #EdinburghDriveIn’

‘Dreamy night at the drive-in. Thank you for the brilliant escape @edfilmfest @UniqueEventsltd’

Drive-in Movies continues during the last weekend of every month for the rest of the year. September dates are confirmed as 24 to 27 September and the organisers are now pleased to reveal first titles for the event, an exciting selection of cult films and blockbusters: Back to the Future (1985) with some of the most recognisable lines and the inimitable Michael J. Fox and Christopher LloydJohn Hughes’ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), all-time family favourite Toy Story (1995), teen comedy classic Mean Girls (2004) and two more recent hits, a homage to ABBA featuring Meryl Streep, Mamma Mia! (2008) and Elton John’s biopic, Rocketman (2019). Tickets are on sale now at