COVID-19 has dealt a blow to enjoying entertainment. To many of us, it's no longer appealing to go inside a dark cinema and sit in close proximity with other people. The risks of catching COVID-19 are always lurking in our minds.
The Sunset Cinema Drive-in is one of the safest options to enjoy viewing a blockbuster movie on a huge screen. What's not to love about a Drive-in movie. It's so easy; book your ticket online and show it from your phone as you drive through the gates. Park the car, either sit back in the comfort of your car, or set up camp chairs outside and enjoy a picnic dinner. It's the ideal date or family night. You can even bring your dog!
Some had reversed their cars into their allocated space, set up their camping chairs and were already tucking into their dinner picnics. Couples were cuddled up on mattresses outside in their Ute's rear tray.
The gates at St Ives Showground opened at 6.30pm with the movie to start around 8pm when dark. The event was well organised with parking marshalls guiding us to our allocated space and ensuring everyone was following the correct social distancing rules. My partner had checked the website FAQs earlier and noticed to hear the movie, you would need to tune your car radio onto a FM radio channel. As we also wanted to sit outside our car, we brought a small portable FM radio with us. We then connected this with a cord to our own portable speaker. This proved to be a fabulous option with great sound for sitting outdoors or inside our car, which we did later when the cool breeze increased.
We set up our picnic dinner of prawns and sushi and also brought our own drinks. To the side of the parking area were a couple of food trucks selling great dinner options.
Big Drop Brewing Co was launched in 2016 as the world's first brewer dedicated to alcohol-free beer. They had perfected techniques to make a range of 0.5% abv beer styles. The end results were a range of non-alcoholic beers with a fuller flavour.
The Drive-in is a fabulously easy and affordable outing for families. Old memories flooded in as I remembered back when I was a child. In the '70s and '80s, going to the Drive-in movies was considered a fun family outing. We could wear our pyjamas, take a pillow and blanket. At intermission, we couldn't wait to run around in the night air and play in the playground which was then under the big screen. The usual movie that was screened back then was a James Bond classic. Our parents loved the opportunity to have a night out and the Drive-in Movie option proved ideal with kids in tow. The bonus was when our eyelids started to droop, we could just fall asleep in the back seat.
I highly recommend going to Sunset Cinemas Drive-in and will be going back to see more movies during the season. Also good to note that you can use your Dine & Discover NSW vouchers! Just enter your unique code when you pay online for your ticket.
Pricing: Car with Two
One car admission with up to two admits inside vehicle. Children 3 and under do not count towards admits. All patrons must be in the vehicle upon entry to the cinema arena - no walk-ins.
Car with Three
One car entry with three or more people in the vehicle. All patrons must be in the vehicle upon entry to the cinema arena - no walk-ins.
St Ives Showground
Main Arena, St Ives Showground, 450 Mona Vale Road, St Ives
How wonderful. I can remember Dad taking us to drive-in movies when we were kids. Of course, back then the sound systems were mounted on poles and you hooked them over your window. Many a car forgot about that and tarted to drive off with them still in the car.