Vintage Mobile Cinema
The Vintage Mobile Cinema will be one of the star attractions at the 2017 Stratford Festival of Motoring over the May Bank Holiday weekend of Sunday 30 April and Monday 1 May 2017.
The Vintage Mobile Cinema is the only remaining one of seven units custom built for the British Government in the late 1960s. The Ministry of Technology built seven of these mobile cinema units to tour the country, promoting modern production techniques to British industry. The other six have disappeared forever, leaving this as the only example of a quite stunning piece of British transport heritage.
This one fell into disuse and was on the verge of being scrapped when found in 2003. Restoration started in 2005, completed in the Spring of 2010, with the cinema section fully refurbished including genuine cinema seats and the engine, gearbox and brakes upgraded to handle modern traffic conditions. All efforts have been made to stay faithful to the original format in the restoration of the vehicle, with compromise only being made to benefit the audience and their safety.
Originally the films were all 35 mm and the projector was housed in the perspex dome above the driver's cab but the cinema is now fitted with modern technology and films are shown on the high definition (HD) digital projection unit, complete with Dolby 7:1 surround sound for the full cinema experience. The Vintage Mobile Cinema is licensed to show newsreel films from the British Pathe archive going back to the early 1890s.
The Vintage Mobile Cinema will be located in Wood Street amongst the Jaguars which are our Featured Marque for 2017 and the Jaguar Heritage Trust have promised to provide additional archive film about the history of Jaguar Cars. Throughout Sunday and Monday film shows will take place on the hour and half hour alternating between programmes about Jaguar Cars and Stratford upon Avon.
The Vintage Mobile Cinema will be sponsored by The Open Road Classic Car Hire and we believe this unique vehicle will be a great addition to the family atmosphere at the 2017 Stratford Festival of Motoring.