Having been an avid Drive In movie watcher in my youth, I was so happy to learn that the Galaxy Drive Ins in Kingsley were still operating. When I heard that that the Pirates Band of Misfits movie was playing in the school holidays, we just had to go along. I was just a little bit excited about showing my son how we used to watch movies back in the day (OMG feeling old!)
At $22 per car on Tuesday nights, we didn't need much more to motivate us to go along and check it out, but boy I did not expect it to be so busy! We were told to make sure we get there much before the 7pm start. The gates opened at 6pm and we arrive at 6.10pm and we were greeted with this.
We were at least 100+ cars back, but none the less this built up the excitement and anticipation and we were in, in plenty of time to get set up and settle in to see the movie. Even with all these cars there were still a handful of parking spaces available, but make sure you get there as the gates open to have the best chance of getting a parking space.
Now just in case you are wondering, you don't hook the old radio onto the window any more, you are given a radio channel to tune into.
Before the movie there is zero lighting, so the car parking areas are pitch black. Make sure you drive very slowly and ensure kids stay along side the car until everyone is settled. Movies screen every night except Monday, and there are two movies on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, Don't forget about cheap Tuesday only $22 per car. Make sure you have cash, they don't have EFTPOS. Check the website (link below) for up to date entry prices (kids under 4 get in for free).
They have a cafe with a variety of foods that include burgers, ham & cheese toasties, hot dogs, chips and of course popcorn at reasonable prices. We grabbed some pizza on the way and brought a lot of our own food along.
You'll be pleased to know that getting out at the end of the movie was no where near as long as the time to get in, with two gates open we drove straight out 5 mins after the movie.
What to Bring?
CASH! No Eftpos available
If you have a wagon or ute definitely make sure you put a mattress and lots of pillows in the back so you can snuggle up and watch the movie.
It is very dark, there is no additional lighting before or after the movie so bring a torch along to use to guide you to the toilets or cafe in the dark.
Make sure kids wear shoes when outside the car at all times
Glow bracelets are not only fun but make your child more visible while walking to the toilets and cafe in between cars in the dark.
If you want to save some money bring along your own drinks, popcorn and lollies - food and drink is available from the Galaxy Drive In cafe also.
More Information: www.galaxydrivein.com.au
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Posted by Lauren, 10th May 2012 | Reviewed 25th June 2018