The drive-in cinema has seen a resurgence since social distancing was instated.
The very first Australian drive-in opened in Melbourne back in 1954. And while we know you’re not really meant to mention Melbourne at the moment – don’t worry, you don’t have to traipse all the way to Victorica to have your own skyline screen experience.
You can visit a local drive-in, right here in the Lower Hunter Valley.
Heddon Greta Drive-In
Heddon Greta Drive-In is one of a few open-air cinemas remaining in NSW – it originally opened its gates in 1960 and had a short closure from the 90’s but it is absolutely back. And having adopted a COVID safety operating plan is now offering on-line bookings.
Screening movies on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night Heddon Greta Drive-In has also limited its capacity to ensure that there is safe distance between each vehicle in attendance so everyone can have a top night out from just $30 per car, per movie.
Just make sure you book your tickets on-line, through their website – as no tickets will be sold at the gate.
You will need an FM radio in your car, or a portable radio in order to tune in and hear – a battery-powered speaker that can pick up a radio signal would also work. This is a time when a friend with a “fully sick” sound system installed in their car comes in handy.
PRO-TIP: You’ve probably noticed that the nights are pretty chilly at the moment? Well, it can get even cooler overnight in the Hunter so pack blankets and make sure you rug up – you can’t leave your car running while the movie is on so no heaters. Also snacks – pack all the snacks!
Heddon Greta is just over 40 minutes drive from Newcastle – not far out of Maitland, close to Kurri Kurri.
You can take the New England Highway or the Hunter Expressway.