There's no shortage of openair cinema experiences in Auckland, but the classic drive-in where film-goers tune in from the comfort of their car is still relatively unchartered territory. Pull up the handbrake — Mount Smart Stadium will become New Zealand's biggest drive-in movie theatre next month for a one-off screening of the Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody.
For the first time ever, visitors will be able to drive their vehicles on to the turf to watch the four-time Oscar-winning movie on a gigantic 212-metre screen. The screen usually delivers high-definition live action and replays during Warriors games.
Spaces at Cinema at the Stadia will be limited to 200 cars, with a maximum of four people per car. To create the classic drive-in experience, an FM radio station will be created so that film-goers can tune in on their car radios. Tickets are also available to grab a seat on the grass, with space for bean bags, low seats and picnic blankets. Tickets for are $70 per vehicle with a limit of four people per vehicle and $20 per person for grass seating. Each vehicle ticket includes popcorn and soft drinks for two people.
The screening comes just nine days before Queen + Adam Lambert arrive with The Rhapsody Tour at the same venue. Regional Facilities Auckland's Scott Couch hopes the event will become a regular series across our three stadiums: Mount Smart, Western Springs Stadium and North Harbour Stadium.