A DRIVE-IN cinema showing Halloween movie classics has been axed due to coronavirus rules — because the screen is in England while the toilets are in Wales.
The six-day horror film marathon for movie fans was planned to take place in Chester FC’s Deva Stadium next week.
But the border runs straight through the middle of the ground’s car park, meaning the entrance is in England while the stadium, pitch and toilets are in Wales.
The Moonlight Drive was due to show horror classics including The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Beetlejuice between Tuesday and Sunday on a 30ft Airscreen.
But organisers were forced to scrap the event after they discovered that most of the giant screen was in Wales.
Due to Wales entering a strict coronavirus ‘fire break’, all cinema screenings will be outlawed from Friday.
Event bosses considered moving the screen to the English side of the car park but cinema-goers would still have to cross the border into Wales to use the loos.
Police also warned that they would attend the event to ensure people were following coronavirus restrictions.
As a result of the bizarre technicality, the organisers, Storyhouse Chester, have decided to pull the plug.
CEO Andrew Bentley said: ‘We’re doing a Halloween drive-in at Deva Stadium.
‘It turns out the border goes through the middle of the car park but the screen is mostly in Wales.
‘We are already having to refund our customers who live in Wales as cinema is part of their circuit breaker.
‘However, customers who live in England are also to be banned from straying into the wrong bit of the car park to watch the film, and Flintshire police say they will enforce at the event.
‘You’d need to scale a decent-sized fence to get further into Wales, and you don’t leave England to get to the stadium.
‘We could try to squeeze the screen into the smaller English side of the car park, but the loos are still in Wales so our customers are going to be caught short, or just caught at the border.
‘There, obviously, was a common-sense accommodation that could have been applied. However, we can find the humour in these dark days and don’t want to make anyone’s life harder than it already is.
‘We’ll probably need to cancel the event due to restrictions in Wales, which is a shame because, of course, drive-in is a super safe way to find enjoyment at the moment.’
Storyhouse had invested in a huge new 30ft Airscreen to show the movies, with audio that would have been broadcast through individual sanitised speakers placed on car dashboards.
It is now facing a race against time to find a new venue, but fears the worst.