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Drive In(Door) Cinema

Motor on into MCEC to watch a movie, with everything from 'The Shining' and 'Clueless' to 'The Little Mermaid' and 'Fury Road' on the bill.
By Sarah Ward
December 18, 2020
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By Sarah Ward
December 18, 2020
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We all have a list of things that, before 2020 happened, we never would've even dreamed could occur. In January 2021, you can add something new to that tally: driving inside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, parking in its exhibition bays and watching a movie.

From Thursday, January 7–Tuesday, January 26, MCEC will become an indoor drive-in — which is why the pop-up event is called Drive In(Door) Cinema. You know what seeing a movie while sat in your car entails already, but this excuse to catch a few flicks also keeps you safe from the summer weather (and helps with social distancing, too).

Running day and night, it's screening family-friendly fare while the sun is shining, then going retro with adult-oriented titles in the evening. So, you can see The Wizard of Oz, Space Jam, Mrs Doubtfire, Labyrinth and The Little Mermaid — or opt for Speed, The Shining, Step Brothers, Get Out, Goodfellas, Mad Max: Fury Road and Clueless. The list goes on, and includes Saturday night late sessions of Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Scream, too.

Entry costs $40 per car, and you can buy snacks on top — including not only popcorn and choc tops, but also ice cream and doughnuts from Nitro 196 Below and The Dough Truck.

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