“Stranded at the drive-in, branded a fool
What will they say Monday at school?”
– Danny Zuko, Grease
We could think of worse things than being stranded at the drive-in with Danny Zuko this summer! Maybe it’s because of the 1950s movie Grease, or maybe it’s just because it’s an awesome experience, but there’s something about the drive-in that reminds us what it feels like to fall in love for the very first time.
It’s true the warm summer air and starry nights combine perfectly for a romantic experience. Throw in a bag of popcorn and maybe a few kisses (the chocolate kind!) and you may fall in love here. Head to the drive-in this summer and resurrect your love for a good old-fashioned drive-in experience (and maybe each other).
333 Port Elmsley Rd., Perth
Admission: $13 per adult, $5 for children ages five to 12.
Opened in 1953 and located mid-way between Smiths Falls and Perth, the Port Elmsley Drive-in looks like it could have been the original set for Grease. You’ll want to get there early to get your perfect spot, and then sit and watch the stars appear one by one, while the air cools and the world slows down, just a little. Visit their website to check what’s coming up on their schedule; tickets are available for purchase online.
Tip: Visit a local eatery in Smiths Falls and pick up some Asian fusion from Boomtown or something sweet and savoury like a deli sandwich from The Pickled Pig paired with ice cream from Sweet Scoops at the same location. Stop for a bite to eat beside the Rideau Canal before the show or bring it with you!
199 Forest Lea Rd., Pembroke
Admission: $20 per carload.
You get good bang for your buck here at the Skylight – pack the car with up to six people for a flat rate of $20! Located just a few minutes from Pembroke, you can pick up a meal to go before you head for the drive-in or pack some snacks to bring with you. After more than 65 years showing films, this drive-in has stories to tell, and the sweet and salty scent of popcorn practically hovers in the air. Purchase your tickets online well before the show because they sell out fast.
Tip: Stop by Joe’s Family Pizzeria in Pembroke for some gooey delicious pizza with all the toppings and dine while you watch. Or if you’re in the mood for something sweet try artisanal gelato from Farmstead Cheesehouse .