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By Stephen Heard
May 24, 2020
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Night Flicks Drive-In Cinema Tour

The classic drive-in cinema experience is coming to Lower Hutt.
By Stephen Heard
May 24, 2020
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With most cinemas currently closed due to stringent gathering and social distancing limitations, several film festivals and event organisers are looking at alternative ways of working. Both the New Zealand International Film Festival and Documentary Edge Festival are heading online for 2020, while across the globe drive-in cinemas are popping up everywhere from vacant airport runways to yacht clubs.

Lower Hutt's Riverbank Carpark will be the next venue to host the classic cinematic experience. The event from Night Flicks Outdoor Cinema and Vivid Event Production is set to arrive at the carpark in the not to distant future — assuming the Government expands the limit on mass gatherings to 500.

Audiences will watch 80s sci-fi classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial while still social distancing from comfort of their vehicles, and the following night will see 2007 musical Hairspray hit the 33-square-metre big screen.

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 currently only available by pre-registration and cost $50 per vehicle with a limit of four passengers. General admission and outdoor seating options are not available.

Night Flicks and Vivid Collective have also designed the tour to comply with the current Ministry of Health guidelines — precautions include contactless entry and purchase of food and beverage. Restroom facilities will be available at the venue with staff on site to ensure regular cleaning and to make sure social distancing is being observed. You will be able to remain in your vehicles unless you have to use restrooms. 

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