There can be few better ways to spend a night out with family or friends than under the stars at the Yatala Drive-in.
Next to a field just off the Pacific Highway lies this time capsule of the 1960’s, where on weekend nights just like their parents once did, kids in pyjamas line up next to Marilyn Monroe & James Dean in the kiosk for candy, hot dogs and ice-creams.
Pack the car with pillows, snacks, camp chairs, a torch and the dog and head off before sunset to nab a good car spot. With plenty of time till the movie starts there’s a playground under one of the screens where children can make friends and dispense energy while parents enjoy a sunset BYO drink on the camp chairs or take a stroll with the (leashed) dog.
The candy bar kiosk, which is still the original Besser Block slope-roofed affair with padded booths, peddles the hot dogs, fish’n’chips, burgers, choc tops, candy and rock’n’roll tunes of fifty years ago and in a friendly efficient manner despite the queues that form in the lead up to the movie.
Even the original metal encased speakers have been preserved and still provide a great sound to hook up to the car or chairs.
Another still-going-strong relic from mid last century, Yatala Pies, is only a 5 minute drive away.
Need to know - No need to leave the 4 legged family member at home. They are welcome too - on-leash.
Nice to know - As of late 2018 admission for a car of up to 6 people was just $35.
100 Stapylton-Jacobs Well Rd
Exit 38 M1