Drive-ins for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day on Wheels

Back in the day, drive-ins were romanticised by movies like Grease, where a cute boy would find any excuse to wrap his arm around you, while you enjoy a movie cosily in the dark. And who’s to say they can’t serve the same purpose nowadays? Now, we’re not only referring to drive-ins – where one parks their car in front of a screen. Sure, you’ve hit the jackpot when you’ve found one of these, but sadly they’re few and far between these days. So, we’re also looking at outdoor cinemas you can drive to for a date night that’ll far surpass anything you’ve done with your S.O. before.

Pop-up Drive-ins

There’s a brand new outdoor pop-up cinema offering a drive-in experience once a month around Gauteng – appropriately called Drive-In. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, they’re hosting a special screening where you get to vote for the movie you’d like to watch. There’s popcorn, drinks and a snack bar available, and it’s all going down at Gillooly’s Farm in Bedfordview. Tickets are available online so be sure to book yours at today.

Movies & Wine

Settle in for an outdoor movie experience at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch for a truly unique date night. Every so often the wine farm will host a movie night on a big screen, set against the mighty Stellenbosch Mountains. This Valentine’s Day will see the screening of Pretty Woman (1990) while you enjoy a picnic feast on the grass and a glass, or two of good ol’ South African wine. We’re sold! Visit to book your tickets. Of course, we’d never recommend drinking and driving, so we’ll forgive you if Uber because nobody feels like being the designated driver!

Open Air Cinema

The Galileo Open Air Cinema treats movie-goers to an unforgettable night under the stars, rotating venues in and around Cape Town. There’s even a festive market to enjoy too, with delicious artisanal food and drinks, interactive games and catchy music. On February 14th they’ll aptly be showing the 2010 romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day at Nooitgedacht Wine Estate. Visit for more information and get booking!

Indoor Nostalgia

Located in downtown Johannesburg, The Bioscope brings with it a truly vintage feel to back in the day when movies were referred to as such. With delicious food specials that you can enjoy inside the cinema, it’s an awesome way to do date night differently. This year they’re doing Valentine’s Day a little differently by screening the 1993 thriller, True Romance. No better excuse to cuddle up to a loved one. Tickets are selling out quickly – so get yours today at

So, while drive-ins seem to be as available as the old school movies they were featured in, there are still many outdoor / indoor cinemas that take movie viewing to the next level. So, jump in your Tata and make Valentine’s Day one to remember this year!