With the pandemic came social distancing, and the closure of many indoor activities. What came about as a result, and to satisfy people’s craving to relive the magic of cinema was in some cases, home backyard, screen projections and neighbourhood movie hours.
In the Toronto area, the one option we could think of was the 5 Drive-In in Oakville, which just off the QEW at Ford Drive. 5 Drive-In opened last month in June, with its 3 screens, and of course, with social distancing measures in place.
According to the latest instructions posted on their website, you need to purchase your tickets online only as NO tickets will be sold at the box office and keep your pets at home.
You are also required to stay in your vehicle EXCEPT to visit the concession or washrooms. Plus, you need to :
– Keep 6 feet apart from others while outside your vehicle
– Avoid using the play areas (e.g. play structures, volleyball court, and Dog Park)
Also, they strongly encourage you to:
– Wear a face covering while outside your vehicle.
– Use the hand cleaning products provided at the concession and washrooms.
These public safety measures will remain in place until government authorities confirm that COVID-19 is no longer a threat in the area.
The movies currently on screen are The Goonies, Gremlins, Bohemian Rhapsody, Wayne’s World, Bloodshot and The Invisible Man. Coming soon list includes Shrek, The Fast and The Furious, Midway, My Spy, Karate Kid, Stand By Me.
The operator, Premier, has been involved with the Drive-in theatre market since 1960 when it purchased the 5Drive-in in Oakville Ontario. Currently, the company owns and manages theatres in Oakville, London, Hamilton, Barrie, Newmarket and Yellowknife. Additionally Premier owns a theatre in Yellowknife.
If you are planning to visit, be sure to check their website for the latest instructions and showtimes, we noticed the tickets sold out pretty fast for The Goonies and Gremlins. Arrive early to get choose the best spot. While the whole ambience and experience are retro, and before the movie starts, they play O’ Canada on the big screen.
As you get settled in your car, truck, SUV or minivan, enjoy the movies as they should be, under the stars.