Despite rumours that the Twilight Drive-In is going out of business, the Fraser Valley’s outdoor big screen experience under the stars is back and better than ever.
Owner Jay Daulat, who runs the theatre — one of the only three Drive-In theatres left in B.C. — is thrilled to go digital, offering higher quality picture and sound for motoring moviegoers.
“The picture is superb — far better than on film,” said Daulat, who opened the Twilight Drive-In back in 2005. Previously, the Port Moody resident ran the Hillcrest Drive-In in Cloverdale for nine years.
As of tonight (Feb.22), Twilight Drive-In will be open Friday through Sunday (rain-or-shine) — it will run seven-days-a-week as of March 29.
And while there’s no doubt traditional indoor movie theatres have their perks, the drive-in provides a great bang for the buck as well as a truly unique experience under the stars. Where else can you go catch a flick in your PJs?
“It’s great value, especially for families because we run two shows a night for the same price as one show at a regular movie theatre,” said Daulat. “There’s also that social aspect… that bond for family and friends to all go together.”
For anyone worried their beloved outdoor theatre could be facing a permanent curtain call, Daulat said they don’t plan to go anywhere anytime soon.
“There has been a sign on the highway for lease, but it did not pertain to the Drive-In. We will be here until I go to the projection room in the sky!”
In May the Drive-In will continue to run ‘Flea market Sundays’ and could become home to a few car shows later this summer.
The Twilight Drive-In is located at 260 St. and Fraser Hwy.
Tonight’s show time: Warm Bodies starts at 7:30 p.m., followed by Mama at 9:15 p.m.
And now for your viewing pleasure, I present the Concession Song — my favourite part of going to the Drive-In. I get so excited to honk my horn every time!
* Photography courtesy of Nick Didlick