Happy days for film fans

DRIVE-IN CIN­EMA OF­FERS PLENTY OF NOSTAL­GIA AND NOV­ELTY FAC­TOR

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DUR­ING the heady days of the ’50s and ’60s, Aus­tralia was home to more than 300 drive-in the­atres.

Drive-ins were the pre­ferred venue for a first date, as cou­ples took the op­por­tu­nity to get ac­quainted away from pry­ing eyes. Fogged-up win­dows cer­tainly didn’t hurt.

Groups of teenage friends would pile into the car for a fun night out, which was even more fun if you smug­gled in one or two more friends hid­den in the boot.

It was a cheap night out for fam­i­lies too. The kids could run around in their py­ja­mas then pile into a moun­tain of pil­lows in the back seat.

Sadly, most of Sydney’s drive-ins dis­ap­peared as the land was sold to build shop­ping cen­tres or apart­ments.

A hand­ful are making a go of it, in­clud­ing the Sky­line at Black­town – Sydney’s last drive-in.

It had a $1 mil­lion re­vamp in 2013, with a new sound sys­tem and a 1950s-style

Happy diner straight out of Days.

It’s been a hit with young­sters who enjoy the nov­elty – es­pe­cially the deckchairs in the “gold grass” sec­tion – and older folks who ap­pre­ci­ate the nostal­gia. The good news is that th­ese days the sound is de­liv­ered through your car ra­dio so you can’t drive off with the speaker still at­tached to your win­dow.

If you’re think­ing of go­ing to one of the out­door cine­mas that have been open­ing across Sydney and the Cen- tral Coast over sum­mer, why not give the drive-in a try?

I’m happy to bring the pop­corn.

Journo Jack gears up for a night of movie ac­tion at Black­town’s drive-in cin­ema.

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