Happy days for film fans
DRIVE-IN CINEMA OFFERS PLENTY OF NOSTALGIA AND NOVELTY FACTOR
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.