The first WA cinema to reopen after COVID-19 says business has been ‘hectic’.

The Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Kingsley, which was caught up in cinema closures last month, reopened last weekend and were so busy that some were turned away.

“Friday and Saturday were great and very busy,” the drive-in told 96FM.

“We did have to turn people away sadly on Saturday night.”

To put that into perspective, the drive-in can fit just over 200 cars.

That’s a lot of people who wanted to catch Sonic the Hedgehog and Playing With Fire.

A handful of moviegoers unwittingly nudged the rules, but the drive-in chalked that up to having a lot more newcomers and the current distancing that we’ve been accustomed to.


“We had to remind a few to hop back in their cars as this is, for now, what is expected so we can provide the safest venue possible,” they said.

For those who are keen to rug up and catch a movie this weekend, Galaxy wanted to remind moviegoers to not rock up too early.

“Out of respect for our neighbours we do not want people to show up too early and block the streets.”

It’s also worth noting that some newcomers experienced a flat battery or two after watching last week’s double-feature.

The sound comes through the car’s radio so the car needs to at the very least have its accessories switched on.

Regulars were quick to jump in with solutions for those who complained to the drive-in’s Facebook page about it, including “just take a portable radio” or “start the car and run it during the interval before the next movie! Learnt that lesson!”


Galaxy has been operating since 1973.

Gates open at 6.15pm this Friday and Saturday, movie starts at 7.30pm. More at their website.


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