Coronavirus: Drive-in cinema tackles small problem – customers are in England, toilets are in Wales | UK News


Drive-in theaters have become a popular way to see classic movies during the pandemic.

But one place in Chester had to make urgent changes after encountering a big problem: Customers would have to break the law to use the bathroom.

Storyhouse’s Moonlight Drive event was thrown into chaos after organizers realized the England-Wales border runs through the middle of the Deva Stadium car park.

To make matters worse, the loos were on the Welsh side – meaning paying customers on the English side could be left with a tiny bit of trouble.

The company said it was in a race against time to tackle the “bathroom door,” and initially planned to find an alternative location to prevent the event from deteriorating.

Exposing the dilemma, Storyhouse Managing Director Andrew Bentley said: “We already have to reimburse our customers who live in Wales because the cinema is part of their circuit breaker.

“However, customers who live in England are also to be prohibited from straying into the wrong part of the car park to watch the film, and Flintshire Police say they will enforce at the event. ”

“You would need to climb a decent sized fence to get further into Wales, and you don’t leave England to get to the stadium.

“We could try to drag the screen into the small English side of the car park, but the loos are still in Wales so our customers are going to be caught off guard or just caught at the border. ”

Unfortunately, Storyhouse didn’t measure up to alternative destinations for its drive-in theater. Now he has decided to stay at Deva Stadium… with a few changes to keep customer comfort his number one priority.

The company confirmed: “We will remain at the Deva Stadium, but we have reduced capacity so that we can comfortably seat all the cars on the English side of the border and carefully manage entry and exit. We will also provide portaloos so pee without breaking the law! ”

A slew of Halloween specials are going to be played at drive-in theaters next week – including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus and Beetlejuice.


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