AN AMERICAN-STYLE drive-in cinema will roll into town in the run-up to this Christmas.

The site of the former Chalon Way Car Park will be transformed into an outdoor cinema as well as hosting a variety of other family attractions to entertain during the festive period.

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The big screen play some of the biggest Christmas favourites including How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Polar Express, Home Alone and Elf for residents to enjoy.

The drive-in cinema is set to launch on Saturday, November 20 with a screening of The Greatest Showman.

It will then host a screening every Saturday until December 18, with a Christmas classic shown each week.

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Cllr McCauley

Cllr Richard McCauley, cabinet member for regeneration and planning, said: “We have a long-term vision to transform St Helens Town Centre and our masterplans are currently out for public consultation. The first phase of the master plans completely transform the area within a few short years.

"But it’s vital that we create meanwhile opportunities to encourage people to come and use the town centre we currently have and we are currently seeking an operator to run a quality box park on the former Chalon Way Car Park site that will provide a different kind of leisure offer with food and entertainment for visitors.

"For now though the demolition and remodelling of the site means that we can use this site to create exciting opportunities to bring families into the town centre like this drive in cinema.”

The cinema experience will take place every Saturday evening with arrival from 6pm and the film showing at 7.30pm.

The drive-in cinema experience is the lowest priced in the area at £25 a car plus £1.64 booking fee and includes a Bluetooth speaker to listen in along to. There will also be food stalls to get tasty treats for while watching the movie.

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Cllr Burns

Cllr Anthony Burns, cabinet member for wellbeing, culture and leisure, added: “This Christmas will see a packed line up of events and activities at this canal side location with more to be announced including an artificial ice rink at the site, a winter tipi lodge with activities running Thursday to Sunday up to Christmas. There will also be Christmas chalets selling festive gifts and food and drinks.

“These will all compliment the diverse range of events planned for across the borough including the Christmas Lights Switch On in St Helens and Earlestown town centres as well as community Christmas lights services.

"We know that Christmas last year was difficult for many families so this year we want to make sure that festive cheer is all around the borough this year.”

A full list of the films and dates:

November 20 - The Greatest Showman

• November 27 – How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 live action version)

• December 4 - The Polar Express

• December 11 - Home Alone

• December 18 – Elf

To book for the drive-in cinema experiences visit:

The Greatest Showman:

How The Grinch Stole Christmas: