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Drive In(door) Cinema

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Cars parked in a huge hall watching Shrek on projector screen
Photograph: Supplied / MCEC

Time Out says

Catch a flick at Australia's first indoor drive-in cinema

Drive-in cinemas are pretty cool, and they've certainly made a comeback in the past 12 months. However, they're not without drawbacks – namely they're dependent on good weather and the sunset. Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre has nixed both those issues, however, by creating Australia's first indoor drive-in cinema.

MCEC has teamed up with Village Cinemas to create the Drive In(door) Cinema: an indoor drive-in cinema that can be used at any time and in any weather. The venue is the first of its kind in Australia and takes advantage of MCEC's huge and currently disused exhibition bays (the spaces in which conventions and events usually take place). 

The indoor drive-in can fit up to 174 cars and features a candy bar stocked with popcorn, choc tops, Nitro 196 Below ice creams and the Dough Truck doughnuts – all of which can be ordered to your vehicle using an app.

Sessions during the school holidays take advantage of the cinema's all-day capabilities, with family-friendly films shown during the day and cinematic classics shown at night. Upcoming films include Ghostbusters, Shrek, Titanic, Moana, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Gremlins, Goodfellas, The Little Mermaid and Gladiator. Keep in mind that unlike at some drive-ins, you cannot reverse in and sit in your boot or ute tray. 

Tickets are $49 per car – visit the website for the full line-up of films. 

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse


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