Drive-in cinema scraps shows as car park England screen toilets Wales

Drive-in cinema scraps Halloween movie nights due to lockdown rules because the car park is in England but the screen and the toilets are in Wales

  • Chester’a Deva Stadium was set to host a drive-in cinema for six days next week
  • The event has been cancelled as the ground straddles the England-Wales border
  • Wales’ ‘fire-break’ lockdown will outlaw all cinema screenings from this Friday 
  • The English side of the stadium is currently under Tier 2 Covid-19 restrictions 

A drive-in cinema has scrapped its Halloween movie nights due to the coronavirus lockdown as its car park is in England while the screen and toilets are in Wales.

The six-day horror marathon was expected to take place at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium from next week.

But the England-Wales border straddles the middle of the car park, splitting the event between conflicting coronavirus restrictions. 

The show’s over: The Moonlight Drive was due to show horror classics including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice between Tuesday and Sunday on a 30ft Airscreen.

Currently those living in Tier 3 are banned from entering Wales which means inhabitants from Liverpool, near Chester, would not have been allowed to attend.

Chester, which is currently in Tier 2, is also in a tricky situation due to its unique geographical position between Wales and Merseyside. 

Both have Covid related travel restrictions in place, leaving the city ‘trapped’ between Tier 3 and Welsh measures. 

Matters will get even more confusing from tomorrow when Wales will be forced to enter a ‘short sharp national lockdown’ until November 9. 

The Welsh ‘fire-break’ lockdown will outlaw all cinema screenings from 6pm.

The Moonlight Drive was due to show horror classics including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice between Tuesday and Sunday on a 30ft Airscreen.

But organisers were forced to axe the event due to the technicality issues after realising that most of the giant screen was in Wales.

Halloween movie nights due to the coronavirus lockdown as the football club’s car park is in England while the screen and toilets are in Wales

Event bosses considered moving the screen to the English side of the car park but it would have still been unlawful as cinema-goers would have had to cross the border into Wales to use the loos.

Police had warned hey would attend the event to ensure people were following strict coronavirus guidelines.

Organisers, Storyhouse Chester, have decided to pull the plug and are now facing a race against time to find a new venue, but fears the worst.

The drive-in cinema car-park straddles the English-Welsh border which would have split the event between conflicting coronavirus restrictions

CEO Andrew Bentley said: ‘It turns out the border goes through the middle of the car park but the screen is mostly in Wales.

‘We are already having to refund our customers who live in Wales as cinema is part of their circuit breaker.

‘However, customers who live in England are also to be banned from straying into the wrong bit of the car park to watch the film, and Flintshire police say they will enforce at the event.

Organisers Storyhouse had invested in a huge new 30ft ‘Airscreen’ to show the movies at Chester FC’s Deva Stadium (pictured) from next week

‘You’d need to scale a decent sized fence to get further into Wales, and you don’t leave England to get to the stadium.

‘We could try to squeeze the screen into the smaller English side of the car park, but the loos are still in Wales so our customers are going to be caught short, or just caught at the border.

‘There obviously was a common-sense accommodation that could have been applied, however we can find the humour in these dark days and don’t want to make anyone’s life harder than it already is.

More restrictions: Wales will be forced to enter a ‘short sharp national lockdown’ from Friday until November 9 meaning all cinemas, pubs, restaurants, hotels and non-essential shops must remain closed

‘We’ll probably need to cancel the event due to restrictions in Wales, which is a shame because of course drive-in is a super safe way to find enjoyment at the moment.’

Storyhouse had invested in a huge new 30ft ‘Airscreen’ to show the movies.

The films’ audio would have been broadcasted through individual sanitised speakers placed on car dashboards.

Those who had booked Moonlight Drive tickets have been contacted via email to update them of the situation.

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