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Melbourne's getting a drive-in rooftop cinema

Written by
Rebecca O'Malley

A drive-in cinema on a rooftop. How completely and utterly Melbourne. 

The Backlot Rooftop Drive-In is the newest face on Melbourne's alternative cinema scene. This rooftop-outdoor cinema hybrid hopes to combine the romance and nostalgia of the '50s drive-in with incredible city views.

The season lands at 90 Waterfront Way, Docklands (atop the Harbour Town precinct) and will feature new releases set upon two state-of-the-art televisions. Each field will have enough space to comfortably host 65 vehicles. Cars will be able to tune their radios into restricted FM transmitters, while those who seek the full alfresco experience can watch from the intimate 'blue-deck' area and listen through headphones provided. 

It wouldn't be a cinema without delicious treats, so the Backlot team has rounded up a whole host of classic snacking options, including popcorn and choc tops. 

Backlot opens on Boxing Day. Films are yet to be announced, so watch this space, movie-lovers.

Does Melbourne need another alternative pop-up cinema? Check out some other options for outdoor cinemas.

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