Leiston's Drive-in Cinema

Leiston is having its very own drive-in cinema to help raise funds to support Leiston Film Theatre through it's difficult recovery. As far as we are aware, this is the first ever drive-in experience to be held in the local area.

We are extremely grateful to Sonny and team at Sizewell Sports and Social Club, Quartreus Ltd and Sizewell C, EDF Energy for making this event possible.

Where and when?

The event will be held at Sizewell Sports and Social Club, King Georges Avenue, Leiston on Monday 31st August. Gates open at 7.30pm, with the main film starting at 9.00pm. Spaces will be limited, and cars must be booked in advance. The box office closes for this event at midnight on Sunday 30th August. Cars must remain on site once parked up and will be unable to leave until the end of the film, unless in the event of an emergency.


Your safety and that of our team is important to us, so please refer to government guidelines regarding attending with people from the same household or mixing groups within your bubble. Please take time to study the safety information within the welcome pack, once you’ve parked up. If you are showing any symptoms relating to COVID 19 please do not attend, stay at home and follow the self-isolation guidelines.

Important – Pets will not be allowed on site. If you arrive with the family dog, you will be turned away!

What film are you showing?

The film selected by public vote is Back to the Future (PG). You can purchase your tickets (subject to availability) bu clicking the link at the top of this page.

Important – Everyone in the car must be appropriately aged for the film classification.

How and where can I buy tickets?

Spaces are limited and judging by the initial interest, we are expecting this event to be very popular. Tickets are priced at £25 per car and will be available to buy via the Leiston Film Theatre booking site from 9.00am on Friday 21st August. Important - When booking tickets, please ensure to complete ALL SECTIONS on the booking form, otherwise your booking may be rejected. Your tickets can be collected when you arrive on the night. A £1.50 booking fee is applicable to all bookings. You will receive an email confirmation for each booking and you will need to show this on arrival.

important - Please do not open your car boot, as this may impair the view of other vehicles.

Please refer to the Leiston Film Theatre website or ‘Leiston's Drive-In Cinema’ Facebook page on the day, for any last minute information/amendments. Important – Tickets are non-refundable. This is a fund raising event to support Leiston Film Theatre’s difficult recovery. If the event cannot proceed, we will attempt to hold the event on the following night, Tuesday 1st September.

Will snacks and food be available?

It wouldn't be cinema without popcorn and drive-in favourites will be available to order and pay for via a mobile phone app, with your order being delivered to your car. Popcorn is available in salt or sweet varieties and the drive-in menu includes movie munchies including burgers, hot dogs, fries, nachos, ice cream and various drinks including milkshakes and a small selection of alcohol. We suggest you order your food and drink nice and early, as orders will be freshly prepared on an order by order basis. Important – Only food and drink purchased on the premises may be consumed on site.

Important – The recording of any film is strictly prohibited.

How does the drive-in cinema work?

Gates will open at 7.30pm and cars will be admitted one at a time and directed to the relevant parking space. To avoid congestion, please don't arrive any earlier than 7.30pm. We will admit you all as quickly as we can, so please be patient and observe the parking instructions, to ensure two-metre distancing between vehicles. Each car will receive a welcome pack, containing all the relevant information, a menu, emergency details and a bottle of sanitiser. Larger cars and those that have roof boxes will be sited at the end of a row or further back, so as not to impair the view of other vehicles. Sizewell Club staff will provide all parked cars with an identification number which has to be placed in the front windscreen.

Important - All guests must ensure to bring a face covering and these will need to be seen before the team admit your vehicle on site. Guests who do not have face coverings will not be permitted on site.

The pre-show announcements, music and film sound will be transmitted to your car audio system. The frequency details will be provided within your welcome pack.

The car park lights will be turned off at the start of the main film and remain off until the film credits. Our team will patrol the area throughout the screening.

All guests must remain in their vehicles, unless you have to use the toilet facilities, which will be well signposted and operating on a one way system to ensure safe social distancing. For health and safety reasons, smoking is NOT permitted in or around your car. A 'smoking zone' will be available, so please see your welcome pack for directions and please observe two-metre social distancing while in this area, returning straight to your vehicle afterwards.

In the event that you require emergency assistance, please put your hazard lights on and one of the team will be with you as quickly as possible.

What happens when the film ends?

Important - Please DO NOT start your engine or move your vehicle until directed by one of the team. The car park lights will be switched on during the film credits and cars will slowly exit the site on a row by row basis, to ensure safety for everyone. Please DO NOT leave any litter in the parking area - you can place your rubbish in the bins as you exit.

What if I have another question that isn’t answered above?

Simply email: info@leistonfilmtheatre.co.uk and one of our team will be in touch soon.


We hope you enjoy your drive-in experience and may we take this opportunity to thank you for supporting our fund raising efforts and look forward to welcoming you to Leiston Film Theatre in the near future.