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Something Has Popped Up At Eat Street

Something Has Popped Up At Eat Street

| On 21, Jul 2016

The car is parked in a shadowy lot. The Brisbane River runs in front of it, city lights hovering in the distance. A plane soars above, and a giggle drifts through the night air. There are about twenty cars, each with either a boot open or windows down.

A blank, white screen floats between the river and cars. The screen lights up. And the movie starts.

Since late last year, Hamilton has been home to Eat Street’s pop-up Drive-In and Outdoor Cinema. To my dismay, I have only just now experienced it. Open every Friday and Saturday night, the drive-in screens new release movies and a classic, every now and again, for the nostalgic.

Don’t let the chilly weather deter you— if you rug up the drive-in can be a cosy event. I walked past many car boots with couples snuggled up in blankets and pillows.

If you’re like me and like your food, grab a yummy bite from Eat Street Markets (your movie ticket includes free entry) and take it back to your car. While the screen flashed Captain America: Civil War above me, I indulged in a Japanese pizza from Eat Street’s Okonomi House.

Eat Street Drive-in 17:07:2016

However, if you’re feeling lazy and don’t want to make the trip, you can buy snacks from the candy bar. Plus, the drive-in boasts Segway service, so you can have your munchies delivered to your car (even if you don’t partake in this service, watching the attendants zip past on their Segways adds a fun dash of the future to a retro experience).

For a night under the stars and the glow of the silver screen, gates open at 5:30pm and upcoming screenings include The Conjuring 2, Smokey and the Bandit and Independence Day: Resurgence.


What: Pop up Drive-In and Outdoor Cinema
Where: 257 Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton
When: Every Friday and Saturday night, screenings usually start at 7:30pm
Cost: Adult $11/Concession, child and senior $9/ children under 3 free * plus $2 booking fee per transaction (Note: Cashless/card only event).
More Information: Visit the Eat Street Market’s website

Image credit: Eat Street Markets Website and Facebook page