In times of 3D cinemas, state-of-the-art laser projection and comfortable luxury cinemas, one may no longer believe that there was a time when people liked to sit in their cars, especially on weekends, to watch movies outdoors. Back then, the program often consisted of trashy horror films and the infamous sex education films of the 70s, before blockbusters were also increasingly shown. While there were around 40 drive-in cinemas in Germany at the beginning of the seventies, this number has shrunk considerably over the last twenty years. One of the last drive-in cinemas is also the oldest in Europe: the Frankfurt Gravenbruch drive-in cinema.
Digital technology has long since been introduced here as well. Current blockbusters are shown here on two screens. Only on special occasions are real classics shown, such as last year's long "Back to the Future" night. On days like Halloween or Valentine's Day, a special program is also offered. It's always worth checking out the cinema's programme!
There are 600 seats in front of the big screen and 250 in front of the small one! For the sound, you don't have to hang speakers through the windows in your car like you used to, just turn on the car radio. The drive-in cinema is also open in winter. If it's too cold, you can borrow a fan heater for a small deposit to make it nice and toasty in the car.
The diner offers exactly the range of food and drink you'd expect from a drive-in cinema: Burgers, fries, currywurst, chips, gummy bears, soft drinks or ice cream. The ambience in the diner is also in good old drive-in tradition. Sure, there's no fine dining on offer and the drive-in's large space, which is also regularly used for car markets, has certainly seen better days. And even though the digital projectors have good lighting power, the visual experience is nothing like that of a multiplex cinema. Still, drive-in cinema is really fun in its very classic way and is an experience that hasn't lost any of its appeal even after all these years. So, if you've never been to a drive-in cinema before, or if it's been a while since your last visit, you should get involved in a drive-in evening of chips, currywurst and blockbuster fun again.
Where?: Am Forsthaus Gravenbruch, 63263 Neu-Isenburg
Opening Hours: Usually to the performances daily from 20:30
Normal price: 8 € per person, for overlength 10 €
You can find all further info about the cinema and the program at: <link http: autokinogravenbruch.de _blank>