THE recently launched GoDriveIn Movie and Roadhouse has upped its offering with the introduction of food trucks, a morning goods market and a virtual reality and gaming arcade by SenseVirtual, using high-end equipment. The drive-in, in an open-air lot in Salt River, has capacity for 50 cars and operates three nights a week from Thursdays to Sundays. Movies are projected onto a permanent, solid nine-metre screen and film sound is shared into cars via an FM transmitter.
The film offering at the GoDriveIn is diverse and caters to families, adults and film buffs. Ten food trucks complete the roadhouse vibe and moviegoers arriving before the screenings can choose from curries, boerie rolls, burgers and hotdogs, wraps, toasties, pizza, chicken wings and coffee. Aside from movie nights, the food park will also operate daily on Tuesdays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. The goods market, where traders sell from the boots of their cars or from informal stands, is open on Saturdays only, from 9am to 2pm.
GoDriveIn was established in October 2020 by Grant De Sousa and Tyrone Rubin, both well known in the South African film industry. An almost forgotten part of the cinema industry, the drive-in culture is making a comeback globally, driven in part by the temporary closure of so many movie-houses worldwide in the face of Covid-19. Cape Town is no exception and with the local GoDriveIn offering being as layered as it is, the venue has morphed into a popular entertainment destination attracting people of all ages. “GoDriveIn has a life span that extends beyond the pandemic and the drive-in roadhouse is the first phase of our exciting vision for the space,” says De Sousa. “GoDriveIn is also one of the best and safest ways to get back out into the world of real-time, real-life fun. Locals and holiday makers love it.”
The venue is at 346B Victoria Road in Salt River. On drive-in nights, doors open at 6pm and movies start at 8pm. Tickets at R150 per car can be purchased online and at the entrance. All movies are listed on Webtickets. Children under 12 get in free and pensioners and students pay R70 upon presentation of ID and a valid student card respectively. For those without a car radio, FM radios can be hired for R75 a unit. Virtual Reality sessions start at R50 for 15 minutes and Xbox Series S costs from R40 for 15 minutes with additional info here. All Covid protocols are observed throughout.
For more info or to hire the venue for private functions, email [email protected] or call 061 407 5576 and 084 503 4839.