Car boots were open with keen drive-in movie goers eager to sit back, relax and enjoy a classic movie from the ’80s as the big screen lit up with Dirty Dancing.
It has been decades since the Bundaberg Region has experienced drive-in movies and the nostalgic feelings for some patrons came flooding back, while others were excited for a new experience.
Whether it was a girl’s night out or to relive a date night from the past the little rain didn’t cloud the sell-out drive-in movie event that has made a come-back across Queensland during COVID-19.
Jo and John Whitby have been married for decades and they said it was nice to be able to tick off their bucket list and enjoy a drive-in movie.
“It’s actually our first time ever at a drive-in and we are so excited to be here,” John said.
“I saw it come up on Facebook and I jumped straight on the phone to book a ticket for the wife as a surprise, and it’s great to tick it off our bucket list.”
The Coral Cove residents said they had moved from the UK eight years ago, and they never had the opportunity to go to a drive-in movie before.
The back of the couple’s four-wheel drive was decked out with blankets and cushions for comfort, and an Eski of cold drinks and take-away pizza was ideal for the stress-free, family-friendly atmosphere.
“It’s one of those little things, you know that means a lot,” Jo said.
“I think they should do this sort of thing more often, it’s good for the kids and this town and adults as well.
“It’s nice to have the old-fashioned movies for the kids, and date nights for us oldies!
“It’s the perfect country, and region, to do this kind of thing.”
For the Dymott family reminiscing in the back of their car before the start of the film was a chance to think about their grandfather, whose all-time favourite movie was Dirty Dancing.
Gina said she had been to a drive-in movie before, but it was still great to hang out with family in the back of the car and watch a movie on the big screen.
“It’s granddad’s favourite, so it’s nice to be here like this to watch it,” Gina said.
“It’s really just great, and we hope it continues.”
The rain held off as Dirty Dancing came to an end and the credits started to roll and it was clear that everyone had the time of their lives.
The next drive-in movie event will be held on 28-29 August, for more information click here.
- Earlier report: Drive-in movies return to Bundaberg