Drive-in movies come south

South Alive community development co-ordinator Courtney Ellison points to where the large 10m by 5m movie screen will be situated during the Drive-in Movies on Friday and Saturday at the former Kew Bowl site in South Invercargill.

DRIVE-IN movies are coming to South Invercargill.

Being held at the former Kew Bowl outdoor cycling velodrome arena, the area will be transformed into row upon row of cars, all facing towards Elles Rd where a 10m by 5m screen would be erected.

An initiative of South Alive, in partnership with Firefly Cinemas, community development co-ordinator Courtney Ellison said two movies would be held, with the Kiwi classic, Hunt for the Wilderpeople tomorrow, and the family-friendly The Lego Movie on Saturday.

Mrs Ellison said the community-based organisation had received a lot of feedback, with people asking for movie nights, which had resulted in this opportunity, thanks to support from the Invercargill City Council.

Entry was next to the Kew Bowling Club car park on McQuarrie St, with space available for about 100 cars.

The gates would open at 5pm, with the movies set to begin after 6pm.

Various food trucks would also be on-site for movie snacks, including hot dogs, candy floss, doughnuts, coffee, frappes and of course popcorn.

For those who did not have a car, there would be an area at the front of the venue for people to bring their picnic rugs or fold-up chairs and watch.

However, Mrs Ellison said there was only limited space for walk-ins.

If the movies proved popular, South Alive would consider hosting more drive-in movie events, she said.

“We would love to do it again.”

In case of bad weather, the event may be postponed, Mrs Ellison said.

“We will make a call on Thursday afternoon (today) and post on our (South Alive) Facebook page and let the radio (More FM) know if there is any cancellation or postponement.”

  • Entry was $10 for a car or walk-ins, $10 a family (two adults and three children or $5 an adult and gold coin for children), cash only.