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Canberra’s pop-up drive-in movie season extended

Due to popular demand, the Mov’in Car pop-up drive-in cinema in Canberra has extended its season for an additional week, now due to end its run on 29 July.

Located in the Questacon carpark, Mov’in Car has welcomed more than 1,500 movies-goers since its first movie screened on 1 July.

Mov’in car spokesperson Elliot Cohen said their movie program had something for everyone, but they found it had been particularly popular with families.

“It’s a great way to entertain the kids with a family movie,” he said.

Mov’in Car is the second drive-in to come to Canberra in recent months, temporary filling a 27-year vacancy left by the closure of the Starlight Cinema in Watson in 1993.

Park-In Pictures was the first, located in the Majura Park shopping centre carpark from 19 June to 11 July; it was a collaboration between Canberra Airport and Screencraft Canberra.

The Mov’in Car crew have been facilitating outdoor movie nights since 2016 – their original outdoor cinema concept was a rooftop theatre in Sydney, called Mov’in Bed.

“We wanted to bring gold class to the outside.”

On the back of a successful national outdoor movie tour in 2019, the crew diversified into drive-ins when COVID-19 restrictions hit the business.

“When COVID-19 hit we wanted to think smart and fast,” Mr Cohen said.

“Drive-ins were already a bit of a trend, but now they are a great way to have a safe night out.”

If you don’t have a car or a licence, don’t worry about it, you can hire a Peugeot for the evening.

And for an extra dash of indulgence, you can order New York style pizzas, to be delivered to your car.

Mr Cohen said all the staff have been trained in COVID-safe procedures and the company is following all health and hygiene advice.

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