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Labour Day Long Weekend at Yatala Drive-In

Yatala Drive-In is reopening for the long weekend — so you can stare at the big screen while still social distancing.
By Sarah Ward
April 28, 2020
By Sarah Ward
April 28, 2020

For over a month now, nothing has been flickering across Yatala Drive-In's big screens. Come Labour Day long weekend, though, that's going to change. The beloved openair cinema is reopening its doors for three evenings of movies under the stars — all while everyone is social distancing in their cars, of course.

For three nights between Saturday, May 2–Monday, May 4, movie buffs can jump in their vehicles, head halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and check out three films — with each of the venue's trio of fields showing one movie each night. That means that you can get spooked out by the latest version of The Invisible Man, watch Vin Diesel get fast and furious in a different way in Bloodshot, or indulge in some super-speedy nostalgia with Sonic the Hedgehog.

As always, your night at the flicks will cost $35 per car, which covers up to six people. You can also pay an extra $40 and receive a feast of snacks to munch on while the movie plays.

If the three-day opening is a success, the drive-in will look to keep opening every weekend.

Queensland will start easing some of its stay-at-home restrictions from 11.59pm on Friday, May 1, allowing recreational drives within 50 kilometres from home — which is great news for folks eager to head to the drive-in.

The venue will also be implementing some new rules and procedures, however, to keep everyone safe and healthy. They include contactless entry, hand sanitiser stations, restricting capacity to 50 percent or less, only making restrooms available for emergencies, and limiting the candy bar to ten patrons at a time. Keeping in line with social-distancing requirements, cinephiles are asked to only attend with folks they live with, or with one person who doesn't live in the same household.

If you're choosing to go out and support local businesses, have a look at the latest COVID-19 advice and social-distancing guidelines from the Department of Health.

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