6 tips for an ideal drive-in cinema experience

Vehicles are parked at the first drive-in movie theatre for people to enjoy movies while keeping social distancing amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Bangkok, Thailand, July 2, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

While we are already more than halfway through the calendar year, 2020 may be remembered for a lot of things.

Face masks becoming a daily accessory, an extensive period of working from home, and to top it all off, a global health pandemic that has shaken life itself to the core.

At a time where our reality is in desperate need of positivity, M-Junction, the providers of experiences such as Dinner In The Sky Malaysia, released the news of the first ever drive-in cinema opening right here in the heart of the nation.

The now operating drive-in cinema would be a relatively new experience for most go-ers as Malaysians aren’t used to watching movies from the “comfort” of their own vehicle.

To help prepare for the occasion, here are a few tips to help you prepare for an unforgettable experience at Malaysia’s first ever drive-in cinema.

1) Bring your own radio and speaker

Using your car radio as an audio source and leaving your vehicle engine idling for at least an hour and a half may not be a pleasant thing to do as nothing is worse than a dead car battery when you have plans for after the movie with a date or friends; on top of that, it hurts the environment and did we mention that the carbon monoxide produced from engine emission is extremely dangerous? Easily purchase a bluetooth speaker or portable radio (depending on the cinema’s choice of external audio) to ensure not having to stress out your car engine throughout the movie experience.


2) Use mosquito repellent

Bugs are annoying and mosquitoes can be the most annoying out of all of them. Trying to enjoy a movie with a mosquito buzzing around your ear or leaving bite marks around your body can be highly irritating. So, prepare some mosquito repellent or mosquito patches to avoid the unnecessary scratching.

3) Prepare small snacks and water

Bringing your own small snacks and water prior would definitely help with the worry of ripping a hole in your wallet. However, try to be mindful and refrain from bringing in a whole pizza or a three course meal; cinemas and drive-in cinemas get some of their profit through concession sales and you can always purchase some of them at the convenience of the cinema itself if you didn’t prepare any.

4) Wear comfy clothes

Thinking about donning that new hoodie or jacket you bought last week? You might want to think twice before doing so. Having to sit in your car from the start of the movie until the end would not be enjoyable without the comfiest clothes, consider ditching that trousers for a comfortable pair of shorts and that heavy layered jacket for a simple t-shirt, since you’ll be in your vehicle for most of the time anyway.

5) Bring a portable fan 

Weather in Malaysia can be highly unpredictable. You’d never know when you would be stuck in the midst of a heatwave or in your car with all the windows up during a heavy rain. A portable fan would help make your time in the car much more bearable as sweating in a stuffy car while trying to enjoy a movie isn’t ideally what one would call the “perfect” drive through cinema experience.

6) Be mindful of others

Photo by Robert F Bukaty/AP/Shutterstock (6120021d) Movie-goers watch How to Train Your Dragon 2, the first movie of a double feature at the Saco Drive-In in Saco, Maine, USA

We get it, you want a great experience, but so do other people. Turn off your engine as sound from the exhaust can be highly distracting, also remember to turn off your vehicle’s daytime running lights as everyone is trying to watch the same screen and a glare of light at the corner of your eyes can be really annoying. All in all, if you’ll be annoyed by it, it’s likely that others would be too; don’t be a pain in the rear and remember that everyone is in it for a good time, just like you are.

Kuala Lumpur’s first drive-in cinema brought to you by TwoSpicy Entertainment Live and MD Events Asia is located at:
Malaysia Tourism Centre (MaTiC)
109, Jalan Ampang,
50450 Kuala Lumpur

To find out more about their rules and regulations or to book your place, visit the M-junction website before tickets are sold out.

Have any ideas for an ideal first time drive-in cinema experience? Feel free to share in the comment section below!

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