I am a freelance writer from Perth who is passionate about food and loves exploring new and exciting places. My best trait is that I am honest...and my worst trait is that I am honest. I will provide reviews that are well thought out and fair.
Published September 2nd 2012
Drive on in to the drive-in
Most Perth people seem genuinely surprised when I tell them that I went to the drive-in over the weekend. Most people don't seem to know that it even exists. Not only does it exist my friends, it provides a cheap night out and offers some of the best hand cut, hot potato chips in Perth. Bonus.
I'm not going to lie; the theatre does seem to look a bit neglected, and could probably do with an update. Until recently the website was neglected too, and was very difficult to navigate around and get any answers from. I noticed that they have worked on it though and it is much better now. They also don't take Eftpos which seems very old fashioned, however, It just means that you need to be prepared and take some cash with you. I suppose it helps to add to that old vibe that drive-in theatres should have anyway.
So the gates open at 6:00pm, but if you are smart you are already lining up (in your car of course) outside the gate. That way you can secure a good spot.
Over the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) an adult fare is $10, 4-12yr olds are $5.00 and anyone under 4yrs old is free. It is $1.00 cheaper during the week and just as with any cinema, cheap night Tuesday applies, and you can drive in a whole carload of people for $15. Bargain. When you think about how much it costs to go to a normal cinema ($19), you could bring in an adult and three young kids for that price! I am sure that it would be more exciting for kids too, since they have probably never done anything like that before.
It is a wonderful place to go with your partner too. You can talk as loudly as you want, and you are in the privacy of your own car, so you don't have to worry about grossing people out with your public displays of affection.
The café, like the rest of the establishment, could do with a good refurbishment. It is tiny, and only offers a small selection of food. You can get burgers, pizza, those awesome chips that I mentioned earlier, and an assortment of hot fried foods. You can also get all of the typical snack foods: popcorn, chips, chocolate, ice cream and lollies.
There is something magical about going to the drive-in. You feel like you take a step back in time, and can almost imagine the characters in 'Grease' sitting in the convertible next to you. I love the freedom that the drive-in offers. You can go in your pyjamas if you really feel like it. You can take your own food if you want to save money. You can take blankets and really snuggle in. You can put your chair all the way back and know that you aren't getting in anyone's way. You can put your feet on the dash and know that you aren't disturbing someone else. The drive-in theatre is a great place to go with anyone; friends, family, kids or partner. I highly recommend it.