#48 – See a movie at the drive-in

by Elizabeth on January 2, 2013 · 5 comments

in 101 in 1001, Melbourne, TV/Movies


I’ve set myself a challenge to complete 101 Things in 1001 Days, from 1 January 2012 to 28 September 2014.  #48 on my list is to see a movie at the drive-in.

I put this on my list purely for the novelty factor, because I don’t remember ever seeing a movie at the drive-in before.  I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when we decided to go last weekend so I googled some reviews and we chose the one at Coburg.  There’s another one at Dandenong that looks great too but they didn’t have the movie we wanted.

We decided to go with something light (as opposed to The Hobbit!) because we weren’t all that sure what we were signing up for! Pitch Perfect was ended up being an excellent choice.  We arrived super early to make sure that we got a good spot and that meant we had about an hour to kill before the movie.

The wait didn’t matter; that hour went past in a flash.  There’s a cool little diner on the grounds serving up seriously good burgers and plenty of other food that’s terrible for you.  There are some arcade games inside and an outdoor playground.  People showed up in their jeans or their pajamas and it was a really fun vibe.

Better still, you can order your food by SMS and have it delivered to your car during the movie.  We maybe indulged in that service too, once we discovered that hot jam donuts were on offer.  I can neither confirm nor deny that there was also a milkshake.


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We came armed with some supplies.  It was pretty cold that night (thank you Melbourne for delaying Summer!) so we had a blanket and some pillows, and I remembered to bring my comfiest pinkest socks.  We also snuck in some of our own snacks although the diner menu was so tempting that we barely put a dent in our own stash.  The prices are a bit expensive but the food made the experience more fun.

Overall I was surprised at how great it was to watch a movie from my car seat, and listen via the radio tuner.  I thought the picture quality was excellent, it was great to set the volume to the level we wanted, and to be able to talk during the movie without bothering anybody else.

Melburnians, definitely do this!


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Rah! January 3, 2013 at 7:04 am

How awesome are drive-ins? My dad was a projectionist and owned a drive-in until I was 8. I grew up staying up late watching movies, eating fresh donuts and “helping” take money at the box office.
The purist in me prefers the old speakers that you used to clip onto your window that’d let the mozzies in while your choc top melted all over the car seat 😉


Elizabeth January 3, 2013 at 11:19 am

That must have been so much fun!  

For a Village-owned drive-in I’m impressed that they’ve kept so much of the old-school features intact, but it would have been pretty rad to have had the original speakers.  Also I can’t believe I forgot to order a choc top what’s wrong with me?!

I’m bringing drive-ins back in 2013.  Who’s with me?


Suzanne January 3, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I LOVE the drive-in but sadly haven’t been for years now, partly because my son has now grown up and I’m very single. That’s not to say I haven’t been to the drive-ins solo because that is totally acceptable too! Anyway, for anyone who wants more details about Coburg Drive-in I blogged about it recently – includes maps and links to the Lunar Drive-in which is located in Dandenong. http://melbournemix.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/coburg-drive-in.html


Cj Jones January 3, 2013 at 9:09 pm

sounds like a great time, I’ve always wanted to go to one, I’ll have to search out on in Sydney. 


Decoybetty January 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

I love the drive in – when my husband and I first started dating he took me to a drive in in Melbourne (in coburg maybe?) it was so much fun! http://www.decoybetty.com


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