Drive-ins were the 'big thing' from the 1950s onward, but have become quite the novelty event in recent years. For Brisbanites, the closest permanent drive-in is located at Yatala, so many of us don't get to catch the latest blockbusters from the comfort of our regular ol' vintage convertibles. But this March, Audi are bringing the experience back to the city — the inner city, in fact.
From March 6 to 8, Kurilpa Park at the Gallery of Modern Art will play host to the first Australian Audi Ultimate Drive-In, screening three films over three nights. The event kicks off with the Australian premiere of Kidnapping Mr. Heineken, a crime thriller starring Sam Worthington, Ryan Kwanten, Jim Sturgess and Anthony Hopkins. Fans of action can revisit Mission: Impossible II to celebrate its 15th anniversary, in a timely refresher before the new Mission: Impossible 5 releases this August. The young — and the young-at-heart — can catch the family classic Babe, 20 years after it first charmed hearts and minds. Best bit? There'll be a petting zoo on site.
Tickets for two are $60, and reserves a car space for you to roll on in to. Don’t drive? Don’t worry! Stadium-style, cushioned, open-air seats are available for $30 for those without a vehicle. While this seems pretty steep from the outset, all tickets also include vouchers for gourmet food trucks, drinks, a choc top and popcorn.
This may not be the first time Brisbane residents have been treated to a pop-up drive-in, with the Brisbane International Film Festival running a drive-in back in 2011 and 2012. But who doesn’t want another excuse to watch cinema through a car windscreen? Drive in, sit back, enjoy the movie and try not to make out too much.
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