The drive-in is back for starved movie buffs

Ian Bushnell 16 June 2020 30
Drive-in cinema

Nothing like the big screen for a real movie experience. Photo: File.

It’s back to the future at Canberra Airport over the next six weeks with a COVID-19-safe, pop-up drive-in cinema screening classic movies every Friday and Saturday night.

The Airport has teamed up with drive-in outfit Park-In Pictures and Screencraft Canberra to stage the first drive-in movie experience for Canberra in decades at Majura Park, starting this weekend on 19 and 20 June.

Staged on the car park opposite Majura Park Shopping Centre on the corner of Catalina Drive and Wellington Place, the drive-in is a response to the coronavirus restrictions that have closed cinemas and boosted streaming services but left cinephiles and families yearning for that big-screen experience.

Canberra’s last official drive-in, the Starlight, closed in 1993 after entertaining the national capital’s families and young people for 36 years.

The bill for Friday is: 6 pm – Playmobil: The Movie (PG); 8:30 pm – Snatch (MA 15+).

On Saturday: 5:45 pm – Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (PG); 8:15 pm – Blade Runner 2049 (MA 15+).

Head of Marketing and Communications at Canberra Airport Melissa Evans said the three partners saw a great opportunity to provide fun and entertainment for the community at a time when people were all doing it tough.

“Come and enjoy a wonderful and nostalgic experience in the comfort of your car, bring your own snacks or support our food operators that have been doing it tough, and have a safe night out for the family,” she said.

“You can pre-order food and beverages from a Majura Park retailer each weekend. Screenings this weekend will be complemented by Vietnamese food from Ms Ba Co, with the weeks to come to include Zambrero, Oporto or Subway, and there are many other options in the area for food like McDonald’s.”

All food, snacks and treats will be delivered to a car, fully contactless.

Park-In-Pictures’ Steve Gilbert said the pop-up drive-in can cater for 100 cars and he was excited to bring some joy and positivity to the community in Canberra.

“Canberra is my old hometown, so I am really pleased to bring Park-in-Pictures with top-rating movies, a huge screen, great food and atmosphere to the local community,” Mr Gilbert said.

Screencraft Canberra founder and CEO Michael Fardell said that he was overjoyed to see a drive-in back in Canberra.

“We love Canberra and our Canberra community and, of course, we love film. To be able to share great films with Canberrans in such a wonderful and fun way as a drive-in is a pleasure for Screencraft,” Mr Fardell said.

With the winter solstice this weekend, a good supply of blankets and pillows might be useful, and if you drive a hybrid car that turns itself off, it’s BYO radio to listen to the movie.

More information and tickets can be found on the Majura Park website.

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30 Responses to The drive-in is back for starved movie buffs
Evelyn Karatzas Evelyn Karatzas 11:22 am 19 Jun 20

Chantel Bulakovski Nicolas Felizzi Dima Bondaryuk this looks fun😍

    Evelyn Karatzas Evelyn Karatzas 8:04 pm 19 Jun 20

    Nicolas Felizzi yay!! We should all organise next week maybe?

    Nicolas Felizzi Nicolas Felizzi 8:05 pm 19 Jun 20

    Evelyn Karatzas let me see

Sempai Pete Sempai Pete 3:09 pm 17 Jun 20

Wish they put on some decent movies


Laurie Berry Laurie Berry 9:23 am 17 Jun 20

is $40 per car reasonable... I was expecting around $20 ish..

Olivia Ehlers Olivia Ehlers 9:36 pm 16 Jun 20

Harry Piper can we????

Catherine Cheng Catherine Cheng 9:26 pm 16 Jun 20

Thomas James playmobil?

Ashley McBride Ashley McBride 8:24 pm 16 Jun 20

Wouldn’t it be cold out there?! Surely you don’t keep the engine on for the heater?

    Thomas Gibson Thomas Gibson 9:10 pm 16 Jun 20

    From memory there is a plug near each car park one can plug into 12 volt

    Helen Taylor Helen Taylor 9:43 pm 16 Jun 20

    Ashley McBride rug up with warm clothing, as we had to back in the 'old days'.

Lee Powick Lee Powick 5:24 pm 16 Jun 20

Taryn Powick can we can we can we can we?

Kylie Waters Coe Kylie Waters Coe 4:37 pm 16 Jun 20

Alex Rofe we should do this

Kaesha Tronc Kaesha Tronc 4:01 pm 16 Jun 20

Ethan White surelyyyyy

Nina Ding Nina Ding 3:58 pm 16 Jun 20

Ena someone is reading our emails

Stephanie Dumpleton Stephanie Dumpleton 1:19 pm 16 Jun 20

Shaan Melling we should try and do this on one of my visits.

Deb Rock Deb Rock 1:16 pm 16 Jun 20

Brian Rock I wanna go!!!! (Just not if it’s friggin Star Wars 🙄)

Tegan Smith Tegan Smith 1:03 pm 16 Jun 20

Cluan Smith kids movies at 6pm. Do you reckon the girls would tolerate Friday night movie night in the car?

    Cluan Smith Cluan Smith 2:43 pm 16 Jun 20

    Tegan Smith does it work if they are in the back seats?

Kerri Hallas Kerri Hallas 12:57 pm 16 Jun 20

I said this weeks ago...

Claire Fuller Claire Fuller 12:52 pm 16 Jun 20

Tasia Power should we do???

    Claire Fuller Claire Fuller 1:41 pm 16 Jun 20

    Keeeeeen! Let’s discuss when we catch up later this week!!! 👯‍♀️💃🏼

Jeanette Louise Olivares Jeanette Louise Olivares 12:52 pm 16 Jun 20

Mary Gai Klease date night? 😉

Tim Cole Tim Cole 12:49 pm 16 Jun 20

Ooohhh, I'll have to clean up the back seat

Joanne McRae Joanne McRae 12:41 pm 16 Jun 20

It would be a bit chilly, wouldn't it? Would have to go back under the doona.

    Joanne McRae Joanne McRae 2:12 pm 16 Jun 20

    Chris Cross lots of heavy breathing to keep warm 😉🤣?

    Amanda Evans Amanda Evans 10:30 am 17 Jun 20

    Joanne McRae they used to have fan heaters that you could clip onto your window.

    Joanne McRae Joanne McRae 10:44 am 17 Jun 20

    Amanda Evans not out in the sticks where I came from 🤣

Jeffrey Butler Jeffrey Butler 12:38 pm 16 Jun 20

Renee Butler, could be an option for this weekend

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