The Veldskoen Drive-In is dead. A motoring time-capsule built back in the 1950s, Johannesburg’s last original drive-in hung up its film reels on Saturday night. Not because it wasn’t successful but because the land it occupied was just too valuable.
Considering how long this outdoor theatre had been open, I was expecting management to screen something awesome – maybe Star Wars or Indiana Jones. Unfortunately all we got was Mad Buddies and MIB 3. Cringe.
We did, however, get to see the controversial Nando’s advert that was banned from flighting on TV. You know, the one about diversity. Yep, apparently the rules of censorship don’t really apply to drive-ins.
Meanwhile hungry patrons spilled into the cafeteria for one final cheese burger and chips. Never again will that shelving unit be stacked with slabs of chocolate and Maynard Wine Gums.
Personally I preferred the popcorn. Laced with lots of Cerebos salt, it’s indispensable to the drive-in experience.
Once again, I cannot believe that the management team selected such awful movies for the big send-off. That overflowing rubbish bin says it all…
Fellow Sunday Times writer, Oliver Roberts, was in attendance. Armed with a Hasselblad camera and notebook, he documented the night for an upcoming Lifestyle article. Here he’s framing a shot atop the jungle gym positioned in front of the screen.