Australia’s first drive-in opened 60 years ago, right here in Melbourne. And in the heady, post-war ‘50s, the popularity of this novel new way to take in a movie skyrocketed along with car ownership. Within two years that first drive-in was one of two dozen around the country.
But with every passing winter it seems we lost something beautiful and romantic. Vast vacant lots gave way to vertiginous property developments, and VHS sidelined cinema long before you could ever stream a movie on a phone. Now, drive-ins are a rarity, with just Dandenong, Dromana and the mighty triple-screen at Coburg keeping the dream alive.
In a tribute to these noble establishments comes the Honda Jazz Magic Mobile Drive-In, a wonderfully nostalgic pop-up event designed to take you back to simpler days when people like us spent time in the outdoors, making out with our high-school sweethearts behind foggy windscreens, eating popcorn, listening to music and drinking soda. Or if you didn’t do these things (because you’re Australian, and not 60 years old), then you’ll remember seeing them in Grease, or driving past Coburg’s big screens on a summer night with the windows down.
For one night only, the Magic Mobile Drive-In will let you experience it all again at a cinema so portable it could be absolutely anywhere. The location will be revealed just 48 hours before the screening (but you can get an idea of the distance via the Magic Mobile Drive-In).
There are just 140 car spaces up for grabs, and if you win one, your ticket gets you a night under the stars, free popcorn, a drink, access to some of Melbourne’s best food trucks, a summer-time candy bar and one of our hands-down favourite cult movies. We’re not at liberty to give you any more information right now, but rest assured the film and venue are equally inspiring, and will be announced 48 hours prior to the screening.
To enter the ballot, visit honda.com.au/magic. This article is presented by Honda.