What they don’t tell you about drive-in theatres

It’s been two months since we’ve moved to Berlin and I am more tired than ever. My life has become a constant juggle between my job and working around the apartment. Yes, two months and we still aren’t close to being done!

That being said, the wife decided to surprise me by taking me out on a date to a drive-in theatre nearby. She knows it’s something I had been wanting to do for the longest time. I even dreamed about starting my own drive-in theatre business back in the Philippines because I always thought it was pretty cool. But I had really never been to one until last Friday night.

For someone who had watched all episodes of That 70’s Show twice, I kinda almost had an idea what the drive-in is supposed to be like. On the show, they said it’s really just about making out for two hours with your date and not about watching the movie at all. I really didn’t see the point in that because, well, I don’t need to go to a drive-in and pay for a movie for that (and, also, the wife is sick with mumps which I’d never had and it’s contagious and what better way to catch it than by direct contact like, say, kissing). So, yes, we’d actually watched the movie.

The Experience

The sounds were picked up by our car’s radio via FM transmitter and we heard everything pretty clearly – something I didn’t expect. Some people even drove there with their old-timers to really feel like traveling back in time. There was a food truck for some burgers and snacks and drinks and they even offer to deliver the food to your car when you order via SMS. All these things I’d found pretty cool about the whole experience.


Sitting in the car trying to watch the movie on the big screen can get a little uncomfortable after, say, two hours. I am just glad to have experienced it but I’m pretty sure I’ll be watching my next movie in a regular, indoor theatre.

So, yeah, I guess the drive-in really is just about making out after all.

Movie tickets to Autokino Berlin: 10 €/pax, includes entrance fee and 3€ drink coupon

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