All roads lead to drive-in success in Glenrothes

The packed airstrip
The packed airstrip

A unique drive-in movie event, the first of its kind to be held in Fife, has proved a resounding success as carloads of film fans flocked to Glenrothes on Friday night.

Fife airstrip was the venue for the open air charity screening organised by students based at Fife College’s Stenton Campus in the the new town.

Lines of traffic tailed out of the car park as around 70 cars attended the first film - Toy Story - aimed at a an early evening family audience.

A second film - Texas Chainsaw Massacre, which was screened at 10.00 p.m. - drew an even bigger attendance with organisers confirming around 80 cars.

Jay McVey, one of the students responsible for the event said they were “blown away” by the public’s response.

“It’s been incredible, and even more of a success than we’d anticipated,” Jay told the Gazette.

“People were getting out of their cars and thanking us, Everyone seemed to like the idea and many have been asking when we’ll be organising it again.”

Having proved such a success, the group are now planning a number of future screenings throughout the summer months on potentially every four to six weeks. The first could be as soon as May.

Jay added: “We’ve learned a lot about licensing films and how best to screen them in the future so it’s been a big learning curve for us.

“We are currently working on securing our next film licences which we’ll be announcing soon.

“We also plan to use a larger screen, possibly an LED screen next time, rather than just beaming onto the side of a heavy goods lorry.

“Also we want to use an FM transmitter rather than the individual ones we used this time, but as a first attempt we think it went pretty well and according to plan.

“The feedback from the audience both on the night and since on our Facebook page has been amazing.”

As an added bonus the students, who staged the event as part of their HND events management course, have announced that £644 was raised for the Chas Charity from the event.

Glenrothes Police were quick to praise the organisation of the event. Detective Inspector Derek Paxton said: “It’s been a well organised event and carried out without any problems whatsoever.

“We had officer patrols visit the event throughout the evening purely as a precautionary move and to offer any added assistance.”