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Summer Lovin... Top 5 drive in vintage movies

Drive in movies

As the nights grow longer and the weather (hopefully) stays warmer the longer we want to spend out of doors and what better way to do this but by embracing the Summer event that is the drive-in movie.

Made popular in the U.S in the 1950s this has now crossed the pond and now there is vintage movie style drive-in cinemas popping up all over the UK.

So dive into your popcorn bucket and put up your sneakers on the dashboard and sit back as we pick our Top 5 vintage movies to watch over the Summer, what to wear to them and where you can find them....

drive in movie theatre

Our top 5 vintage movies to watch this summer

Grease film

No. 1 Grease

"Tell me about it stud"

Set in 1950s (1978)

Now Grease must be the most iconic movie to watch in a drive in setting. Set in the 1950s with its catchy songs and incredible sets and costumes it is a perfect feel good summer watch.

Olivia Newton John and John Travolta put on a legendary performance in this film and I just love all the dance numbers and this has always been one of my favourite movies of all times.

What to wear?

Grease outfit

Hot stuf!! We are going for the leatherette look for this outfit. Skinny leggins, Black boat neck top, Red patent Tbar Shoes. Finished off with a stick of bubble gum and our Red Cushion Cut Earrings £18

Dirty Dancing  Film

No.2 Dirty Dancing

Wow what a movie!

"Nobody puts baby in the corner" 1987 (set in the 1950s)

This is one of the greatest Summer vintage movies loved by all ages and across the world and most famous for it's memorable dance scene when Patrick Swayze lifts Jennifer Grey, which has been copied numerous times at weddings and on special occasions by couples.

A true love story of opposites attracting in a Summer holiday park, it's a tale of growing up (a very typical 1950s theme) and the end of innocence.

The wardrobe and costumes are iconic but understated in the way that they do not dominate the scenes. The main characters are actually quite paired down compared to the lindy hop style dresses and skinny pants worn by the rest of the cast.

Dirty Dancing  Film vinatge outfit

What to wear?

We have gone all pink for this one it's quite simple but cute. Full 1950s style skirt paired with a cropped pink cardigan and to top it all and add interest, a gingham bow all at Pretty Dress Company and our Pink Rose Stud Earrings £12

No 3. Phsyco

Psycho film

An iconic thriller / phsycological horror ...

"Mother".. (1960)

Who can forget the iconic scene beuatifully directed by Alfred Hitchcock with Janet Leigh in the shower and Anthony Perkins behind the curtain waiting to strike.

One to cover your eyes in parts if you are not a fan of being scared. Shot in black and white this only adds to the drama and allows you to focus on the main character. This has to be one of the best vintage movies in terms of how memorable and perfect it is.

What to wear?

Green godess outfit

Classy lady... coming straight from the office. Green pleated detail dress by House of Foxy, Green leather driving gloves by Cornelia James, Green cats eye sunglasses by Revival Vintage. Finished off with our Green stone drop earrings £24

No. 4 The breakfast club

the breakfast club film



I absolutely love John Hughes films and The Breakfast Club staring Judd Nelson and Molly Ringwald and many other talented actors and actresses is probably one of his most well known films which has made such a big impact on many people.

This film explores the struggle of being a teenager, being misunderstood and the pressure of trying to fit in.

Also of course features the iconic song 'Dont you (forget about me)' which watching in a drive through setting surrounded by people, I can imagine the atmosphere would be incredible.

What to wear?

Breakfast Club Outfit

High school prep... Brown suede skirt, Brown leather boots and a pink T-Shirt. Finsihed off with our classic Diamante stud earrings £22

NO.5 Jaws

jaws film

"You're gonna need a bigger boat"


Jaws directed by Steven Spielberg is an American Thriller about a giant white shark who has been attacking swimmers and follows a team trying to hunt the shark down.

This film will always be iconic, (but maybe not best to watch before going anywhere near the ocean.)

What to wear?

Jaws Outfit

Vintage beach chic.... a vintage graphic tee, baggy blue denim shorts and retro trainers and to finish off the look our 'Blue Crystal Cut Earrings £18'

Top drive in spots around the UK to see vintage movies

Tulleys Farm Drive In Cinema

we want to hear from you...

We would love to know what your favourite Summer Drive-in vintage movies are or if you have a location near you that is good for outdoor cinema. Just comment below....


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