Skyline Drive-In Blacktown
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After a mighty renovation, Sydney's only drive-in cinema returns
The last remaining drive-in movie theatre in the city is so popular that, on busy nights, it backs up traffic all the way along Reservoir Road and out onto the Great Western Motorway. So if you’re planning a commute past Prospect, you might want to check session times.
The Skyline underwent its first renovation in more than 50 years in 2013, and the result was a '50s-in-America’ theme, right down to a pastel coloured, outsized diner, dishing up hamburgers, hot dogs and choc-tops. This retro-fabulous structure sits between the cinema’s two screens, forming a sound barrier. The drive-in staff are dressed to match the diner, though they won’t skate up to your car in rollerblades to serve you rootbeer, Happy Days-style. Fortunately, when you do leave the car for provisions, you won’t miss the movie as there are large speaker stacks distributed around the lot, on top of the FM radio broadcast you can tune into in your car.
If you care about perfect visibility or high fidelity sound the drive-in, like any open-air cinema, probably isn’t the best place for you. But if your moviegoing experience is more about the overall vibe, it’s a killer way to spend an evening – especially if you opt for a midnight horror movie. On cold nights, avoid having to crank the heat and slowly drain your car battery by bringing blankets along. If you want a truly old-school drive-in experience, the Atura Hotel next door can arrange an outrageous looking ’60s Cadillac to watch the film in, if you stay the night. Check the Skyline’s website for showtimes and movies; general admission prices per session are cheaper than a regular movie ticket at $11 a head.