How COVID turned Bankwest into a Drive-In attraction

DRIVE-In movie theatres were a huge hit in the 1970s and they made a comeback in 2020 as a COVID-safe site for collective entertainment.

So popular was the Disney+ Drive-In at Bankwest Stadium, it is making a return to the Stadium precinct this month.

From 31 March until 29 April, the Western Sydney community will once again be able to experience all their favourite Disney, Pixar and Marvel classics from the comfort of their cars thanks to Bankwest Stadium and event promoter Pedestrian Group.

With most live events on pause last year, the Disney+ Drive-In movie theatre at Parramatta’s celebrated stadium became COVID spring’s go-to venue. Thousands of families tuned in to the movies on the big screens in the northern carpark of the Stadium from the comfort of their cars.

A new twist to the programming this autumn will see some fresh arrivals with the launch of Star – Disney+’s new general entertainment content brand.

Fans can expect an exciting variety of films such as Deadpool, The Lion King, Jojo Rabbit, Aladdin, Titanic, The Greatest Showman Sing-Along, Romeo + Juliet, Pretty Woman, Moana Sing-Along and many more.

Bankwest Stadium CEO Daryl Kerry is excited to welcome the wider community back to the Stadium.

“The Disney+ Drive-In was one of the truly unique event experiences of 2020 and we are delighted to have it back at Bankwest Stadium in 2021,” said Mr Kerry.

“Bankwest Stadium has quickly become part of the social fabric of Western Sydney and these events continue to show the venue as a valuable community asset.”

Rachel Tikey, Commercial Director of Pedestrian Group, said: “The continuation of Disney+ Drive-In is a testament to the success of the truly standout ‘IRL’ brand experiences that Pedestrian Group creates and we are delighted to have our partners Disney+ and Doordash onboard for this second iteration of Disney+ Drive-In.”

DoorDash has come on board as an exclusive food delivery partner, so ticket holders can satisfy their cravings by ordering their favourite cuisine straight to the comfort of their car.

Bankwest Stadium and Pedestrian Group/Openair Cinemas, in consultation with NSW Health, will operate with a commitment to a COVIDSafe environment under a full COVIDSafe Plan.

Disney+ Drive-In is located at the Northern Private Carpark of Bankwest Stadium. Entry is via Gate 2 off O’Connell Street. Ticket enquiries visit HERE

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