Step back in time with 'pop-up' drive-in flicks
LOAD the lounge on the ute, pack the mattress in the wagon - drive-in movies are back on the Sunshine Coast.
Movie lovers can take a trip down memory lane this Friday night when The Goonies screens at a "pop-up" drive-in in Eumundi.
Starry Night Outdoor Movies will turn the Eumundi Markets' carpark into a drive-in theatre with a 10m by 6m inflatable screen and audio transmitted over the FM band of car radios.
Starry Night director Trent Harvison described the drive-in as a dream come true.
Mr Harvison said land values and costs had killed the drive-ins of long ago, but the pop-up drive-in did not need its own land.
"As along as we have space, then we can set up and do something," he said.
Mr Harvison said drive-ins were making a comeback in the US and offered a different experience to cinemas.
"People are realising what a fun night it is," he said.
"There are so few opportunities for everyone to get together these days that's not a pub or a private party.
"It's doing something where we can get people off the lounge and out of their houses and doing something together."
Car numbers will be limited to about 100 on a first-come, first-served basis at the inaugural pop-up drive-in, although Mr Harvison plans to host more ticketed events at Eumundi and other locations.
Gates to the Napier Rd carpark will open at 5pm for a 6.30pm screening. Admission is by donation.
Space will be available to walk-in viewers with chairs and rugs.