…what will they say, Monday at school?! Saaandy, baaaby, I’m i….right, must stop that, but I absolutely cannot think of a drive in without thinking of Grease!
I don’t usually blog about something that another Jozi blogger has recently published. The thing is, the Velskoen Drive In Cinema needs to be written about as it is closing down shortly, and I urge you guys to try it out before it does! Finding Jozi recently wrote an excellent post with a great history and detail about the place, so I won’t repeat all the details
that I would have been stealing from him anyway My first trip to the drive in was on Saturday last week, and less than a week later I was back again! I just loved the experience – I do love a gimmick you see. You drive into this huge car lot, park up in front of the screen, visit the snacks and drinks cafeteria and miss the start of the film as you count out your 2 Rand parking change as the card machine is down. What’s not to love about that? Anywhere that sells cherry Slush Puppies has my vote
You tune into the sound via your car stereo. On our first visit I felt really bad for the car next to us as this guy had his kids with him and couldn’t receive the channel on his stereo. Ingeniously, his son tuned into the radio station using his cell phone and they listened to it that way sitting outside of the car whilst another little boy slept in the back seat
Everyone around us seemed to have their own style – some sat in their front seats and just watched through the windscreen, some sat in camping chairs with their boot open and watched from there, and some of us put the back seat down and sat in the trunk of our car with duvets and pillows! Some were even braaing on little portable bbq’s!
I was a bit disappointed that there was no one serving me my drinks and hot dog on roller boots. If there is one thing that I love more than a gimmick, it’s a cliche
On the plus side, it costs R75 (£6.35) for the whole car to stay for 2 films! Bargain!
The first night we watched the very-easy-on-the-eye Ryan Reynolds in Safe House. It was a good film, and it was filmed in SA! We didn’t stay for the second film that night as we were not very comfortable – we lent our camping chairs to the guys with no sound as they were sitting on the grass, so we were in the boot and Rob’s a bit tall for that! Last night we watched Chronicle and we were disappointed – firstly because the film is utter crap, but mostly because there was a huge storm and because of the rain we had to turn the car around and watch the film through our front windscreen. Not easy when there are 4 of you trying to get an uninterrupted view, but also because we have smash and grab film on our windows so they are tinted. The screen of the film is dark enough without the added tint from our windows – at some points we couldn’t make out what was happening in the film at all! The coolest thing about this situation though was that we got to witness a wild electrical storm right next to the screen as we watched the film
That said, I think that everyone should go to the drive in at least once. It is a fun experience. I just urge you to check the weather report first, as it is not as fun to sit in the front seat and watch, windscreen wipers going 10 to the dozen. The whole atmosphere of sitting in the trunk, or on chairs outside is what makes the drive in such a cool experience. The weather ruined the experience so much that we didn’t actually stay to see the second film, which is the one that we wanted to see!
The drive in closes in June, so get yourself there soon! The films are on usually at 20.00 and 22.00 every night – check the Ster Kinekor website to see what is showing. The drive in is just off Malibongwe Drive, where it meets the N1