Thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic, we’re all learning the Covid-19 New Normal, for example by moving events outside.
Drive-In Movie Theatres are making a comeback and one is in the vibey neighbourhood of Salt River.
I never experienced a Drive-In Movie Night and when the Go Drive-In Movie Theatre offered a freebie thanks to the Short&Sweet Short Film Festival, it was a great opportunity to get this off my bucket list.
I must admit, I’m not a cinema fan.
I’ve done my fair share when I worked for a company with their own private cinema and watched a lot of movies for free.
Since then it’s simply not so special for me anymore, plus it really bugs me that I can’t hit pause when I need to go to the loo.
But a Drive-In Movie Theatre experience is really something else, and especially at a venue as personal as the Go Drive-In.
The host Tyrone really watches out for everything, even if you left your car lights on.
All your needs are catered for: Food Trucks, outdoor seating space, a gaming arcade, proper toilet facilities and awesome people.
Doors open at 6pm, giving everyone a good 2 hours to arrive, test out the drinks and food on offer and socialise in a pandemic-safe way before heading back to the car and enjoying a movie in the comfort of your own vehicle.
The Free Thursday Movie Night is special as it features short movies by Short&Sweet.
Because I must admit, I’m not such a movie fan either.
Movies take so long and all the Hollywood stuff is so predictable and dramatic for nothing.
Short movies are impactful, eye-opening, diverse, clever and subtle.
Each story takes you on a journey way out of your comfort zone and you might love it or you might hate it, but it’s highly touching.
We watched 9 short movies that took up the length of a feature film, but no movie could’ve brought on such variety of perspectives, twists and inspiration.
We laughed, we cried, we held our eyes shut in anticipation, we realised profound truths and we enjoyed every moment.
Even tough we could go through the rollercoaster of emotions in the privacy of our own car, we managed to reach out to everyone by flashing our lights in appreciation of the art work.
The curator Julia kept us all connected by giving some background of each film maker. She even surprised us by introducing one of the film makers live at the Drive-In: Tim Leibbrandt.
This is a cinema experience extraordinaire and I recommend it full-heartedly.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to do something out of the ordinary.
The good news: You’ll get plenty of chances to enjoy this short movie night, every Thursday!