Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Save the Drive-in Cinemas!

By Jackie Raphael

I went to a drive-in cinema for the first time in my life and it was one of the best cinematic experiences I have ever had. The old-school nostalgia reminiscent of Grease, the stars in the sky and the fresh air create the perfect setting to view a film.

Unlike regular outdoor cinemas you do not have to be bothered by mosquitos, flies and cold winds, and unlike indoor cinemas you are not annoyed by people chatting, loud crunching or dirty cup holders. Drive-ins give you personal space, extra leg-room, you can bring as much food as you like (and you do not have to carry it anywhere), and it is a lot cheaper.

At Perth's Galaxy Drive-in it costs only $10 per person to view two films. That is approximately a quarter of the price of normal tickets. The design of the space was also clever with humps in the concrete, which allow you to angle your car so that it is tilted upwards towards the extra large screen. Many people who came in large groups brought tables and extra chairs to sit outside their car, but my friend and I enjoyed the comforts of my Beetle. 

If you are the sort of person who likes to make small remarks during the film you can do that without being judged by others, unless of course the company in your car does not like it. The sound is also great and you have total volume control like you do at home. If you are concerned about your car battery, which is generally fine, you can always get a portable radio to tune in. 

My only advice is to get there early for a central spot and make sure you clean your windscreen beforehand. I highly recommend you give it a go if your city has one and help keep them around. For those living in Perth, I recommend going to see Beauty and the Beast and Moana while they are still screening, otherwise Split will be coming soon, which is an amazing film. 


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