- January 28, 2017
Last night we hosted the first ever drive-in screening of PORK PIE – the new kiwi film due for release in cinemas on the 2nd February. Check out the video we made below of the event, we’re now looking forward to Sunday night’s Wellington screening and then convoy to Christchurch with a gaggle of mini’s for their Tuesday night screening!
- January 13, 2017
In collaboration with Studiocanal & MINI New Zealand, later this month we are touring around the country screening the new Pork Pie on our 40ft drive-in screen!
There is a very limited number of tickets available to the three screenings so get in quick once these are released:
Click the links above for all the event information, and tickets once these are released. We’ll see you on the road Blondinis!
- October 19, 2015
1. Getting sucked into your bed.
“I sleep on the edge now, thanks to A Nightmare on Elm Street.”
—Alison Wells, Facebook
2. Logging trucks.
“Final Destination 2 ruined them for me. I swerve so fast when I’m behind one.”
—Zanna Haines, Facebook
“Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds made them look vile instead of sweet.”
“One word: Chucky.”
—Tara Kay, Facebook
5. TV static.
“I can’t stop imagining the little girl from Poltergeist touching the static and going, ‘They’re heeeeeere.’”
—Maggie Ferol McGwin, Facebook
“I feel like I’ll wake up at night and see something or someone I don’t want to see.”
—Gustavo Carmen López, Facebook
“In Tourist Trap, people get stuck in a museum with mannequins and keep dying. So I don’t trust those life-like dolls.”
8. Sewage drains.
“Thanks, Pennywise in It.”
9. Hair in the shower drain.
“I can’t clean my bathroom without thinking I’m tugging on the scalp of the girl fromThe Ring.”
“Ever since Saw 2, I’m afraid something will come through and gouge my eye out.”
—Anisa Mohamed, Facebook
11. Open kitchen cabinets and drawers.
“I always assume it was the ghosts from The Sixth Sense.”
—Amanda Jane, Facebook
12. Washing your hair.
“Ever since Psycho, I’m terrified I’ll open my eyes and see a murderer there.”
—Camille Jet-Lynx Udunno, Facebook
13. Tall people.
“I know it’s nuts, but I don’t trust them after seeing It Follows.”
14. Answering the phone.
“I don’t want to end up like Drew Barrymore in Scream.”
15. Tanning beds.
“In Final Destination 3, those beds locked from the outside and catch fire, burning those girls alive. NOPE.”
16. Taking pictures.
“Remember in Insidious when possessed people showed up looking weird in photos?”
“Thanks a lot, Stephen King.”
18. String and thread.
“That guy getting all chopped up by a damn THREAD in Ghost Ship turned me into a paranoid mess.”
“That messed up scene where people are getting run over in Sinister gives me nightmares.”
20. Ventriloquist dummies.
“They’re terrifying on their own, but Dead Silence showed them as tools for murder, which made them worse.”
“I’ll never forget when that guy in Final Destination 5 falls off the table and the needles rupture his body.”
22. Corn fields.
“Children of the Corn ruined damn corn fields for me.”
“In It, when you see a balloon floating on its own, it means Pennywise the clown is nearby. That’s terrifying.”
24. And your own damn bed.
“The Grudge proved that you aren’t safe anywhere.”
Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.
- October 19, 2015
BuzzFeed recently posted this, and we couldn’t help but not share it!
“Hold me.” “I can’t.” In honour of the film’s 25th anniversary today, relive some of the most romantic moments in the Tim Burton classic.
1. The first time Edward ever sees Kim, you can tell he is floored by her beauty. Floored!
2. And then he gives her photo a “I’ve never seen a teenage girl before, but you are definitely the most beautiful one in the world” smile.
3. While he’s generally confused about his new surroundings, you can tell he’s mostly curious about Kim’s mirror decorations/obsession with eyes?
4. As all promising movie romances, their first encounter is painfully awkward. Like, Edward popping a waterbed awkward.
5. And it only kind of goes downhill from there when Bill accidentally gets Edward drunk while ranting about teenage girl hormones.
6. But things really shift when Edward helps Kim’s douchebag boyfriend break into his own house (and then takes the heat for it.)
7. Pretty soon, Kim starts catching those feelings HARD.
8. And secretly becomes just as obsessed with Edward as he is with her.
9. While Edward channels his frustrations into ice sculptures, Kim grows more and more fascinated by this awesome dude who’s been living under her own roof this whole time.
10. “Shit. Why am I dating an obnoxious jock again?”
11. He carves the ice, she dances in the ice. It’s beautiful. It’s perfect.
12. And then of course there’s the “hold me” scene. OH, THE “HOLD ME” SCENE.
13. It’s absolutely heartbreaking. It almost destroys you.
14. Until Kim decides to hold Edward instead, restoring your faith in love and all good things in the world because this scene is one of the best moments in cinematic history.
15. But things soon fall apart, and we know just as much as they do that they’re doomed as a couple just by judging by how desperately they look at each other.
16. After Kim is attacked by her ex-boyfriend, Edward protects her and kills the jerk in a moment that is, tbh, very gratifying.
17. Of course, this means he has to let her go – forever.
18. But not before they share a kiss that is soul-crushing in its sweetness.
19. And finally, the moment that’s been building this whole time:
20. With Kim’s declaration of love, Edward finally finds his purpose. He is transformed.
21. And even though they’re no longer together, he still carves his ice sculptures, Kim forever being a muse.
And also, Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder were actually dating and in love when this was filmed, so all the insane chemistry is 100% real.
Now – where are those tissues???
- October 1, 2015
Jonno & Brady were recently interviewed by The Dominion Post who ran this great story on the upcoming Lower Hutt events, check the link to the (cheesy) video featuring the Delorean that’s coming along to our Back To The Future drive-in event!
- September 19, 2015
Wellington’s drive-in cinema is calling the Riverbank Carpark in Lower Hutt home this October.
On the iconic date – 21st October 2015 we’re showing the Back To The Future II – the movie in which Marty comes back to the “future” on this date.
Then the following week in conjunction with Hutt City Council we have three events lined-up over one weekend!
Tickets are just $30/car and available to buy now through our website.
By attending these events you will be helping these three local charities raise over $1,000 each:
Riding For The Disabled
Te Awa Kairangi Trust
Please join us in putting on a series of unforgettable events and supporting these local Charities to be able to give back even more!
We’d also like to thank our awesome sponsors for helping make these events happen!
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- April 14, 2015
Unfortunately we had to move this Saturdays planned movie to Friday which now means this Friday night we are showing Aladdin (6pm) & E.T. (8pm) at Wellington’s drive-in cinema!
Want to come along to both? It’s usually $30/car/movie – but for Friday only pay just an extra ten bux and you can come to both. Use the coupon GIMMEDOUBLE at checkout to get this sweet offer!
Already bought a ticket to Aladdin and want to come to both? Contact us and we’ll sort you out manually.
- March 5, 2015
Hook is one of the greatest films of all time.
Most people have watched it numerous times.
You’ve seen this image more than once.
But I bet you didn’t notice something that artist James Hance recently did.
“Hook’s hat is a crocodile mouth. Hook’s HAT is a CROCODILE mouth!!”
Suddenly it’s all so clear.
It was hanging over his head, all along.
Thanks to the brilliant costume design of Anthony Powell.
- February 16, 2015
- October 21, 2014
This long weekend Firefly Cinemas is showing two cult classics at the Wellington drive-in cinema! Saturday night at 8pm Rocky Horror Picture Show will be making its debut on the big 40ft screen at the outdoor drive-in theatre.
Then on Sunday Night at 8pm, Grease is making a return from our sell-out event from last season! If last years event is anything to go by, you’ll want to grab your eTix now before it sells out!
Tickets are just $30 for up to 8 people in one car. Use the coupon ‘ROCKYGREASE’ at checkout and receive tickets to both movies for just $45/car!
Tickets are selling fast to both events this weekend, so grab your eTix now! There will only be gate sales available if there are tickets left, so don’t miss out and buy your tickets today!
Look forward to seeing you there,
Jonno & Brady
- October 1, 2014
A broader range of movies and a different screening night will be on offer as the curtains are raised on a new summer season of Upper Hutt drive-in cinema.
More than 80 carloads of movie goers turned out at to Firely Cinemas at Trentham Racecourse on Friday for a back-to- back feature of Jumanji and Mrs Doubtfire.
Slight drizzle on Saturday night was not enough to keep away a similar turnout for Frozen and Jurassic Park.
This is the second summer that Hutt Valley entrepreneurs Brady Dyer and Jonno Morrissey have brought drive-in movies to Upper Hutt.
Several changes are planned for this year’s season.
Dyer said Firefly Cinemas was aiming to put on 30 screenings this summer. A broader range of movies and some newer releases would be included in the movie lineup.
“People have always got different thoughts on movies but we like to think that there will be something for everyone.”
Dyer said he was talking with Trentham Racecourse management about the possibility of relocating movie showings to a larger space within the racecourse.
Movies would be played on Saturday nights rather than Sunday nights in response to customer feedback.
“We were trying not to compete with Saturday night activities but we’ve come to learn that [the drive-in movies are] on a par with a lot of the Saturday activities already out there,” Dyer said.
Of the 17 Firefly Cinema screenings put on last season, Brady said only one screening was postponed.
Upcoming movies: Sunday, October 5, The Lion King, 7.45pm, The Matrix, 9.45pm. Tickets are $30 per carload per movie. All movies screened at Trentham Racecourse, 10 Racecourse Rd.
– Upper Hutt Leader
- September 3, 2014
Canadian photographer Christopher Moloney started a project called FILMography that matches scenes from movies with their real-life present-day locations.
The Dark Knight (2008)
Home Alone (1990)
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure (1985)
- September 1, 2014
LIVEwall is Firefly Cinemas pre-show entertainment show!
From the comfort of your car you can use your smartphone to control the content on our giant 40ft screen before the movie starts. Gates open an hour before the movie starts – so there’s heaps of time to have some fun!
Crowd Controlled Car Jukebox
Using your smart phone you can access our LIVEwall where you can search for any song! This is then added to a playlist. Songs are then voted up & down by the crowd. Once one song finishes, the next highest voted song plays through the FM transmission to every car, and also over the speaker system.
LIVE Photo Wall
Movie-goers are encouraged to share photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Our LIVEwall instantly finds any photos that are shared with the hashtag #FIREFLYCINEMAS, and then displays them on the big screen. Within seconds of posting a photo of your feet up on the dash looking at the screen, that photo is up on the very screen!
We had 100’s of people sharing photos at the few events we tested LIVEwall at last season while we were still developing it. These are also instantly shared on our #FIREFLYCINEMAS page.
Seamlessly integrated with this exciting experience, our partners can display video advertisements or special offers. These are repeated in a cycle for the hour long pre-show.
LIVE Video Stream
A video camera is setup streaming live video of the crowd onto the big screen. Wave from your car as you pop up on the screen, or come up to the projection booth and dance around in front of it! We’d love to see someone get down on one knee and propose on the big screen!
- August 25, 2014
If you’re a Back To The Future fan, then the date 21 October 2015 is already drilled into your head. Why? It’s the date that Marty & Doc travel in to the “future” in the second movie!
So what better way to celebrate this iconic date, than by screening the entire trilogy over this date!
Buy your tickets now for just $60 – Saving $30!
Use Voucher BTTF at checkout
Our 2014/15 summer schedule will be announce soon, we’re just finalising dates & movie choices.
- July 31, 2014
Thanks for supporting the drive-in cinema over the 2013/14 Summer! We can’t wait to be back again this season for the coming summer. We’re currently in our planning stage for the next session, and in doing so would love to get some feedback from you to help us assist with some exciting changes we will be making.
- April 8, 2014
You may have heard we’re auctioning off the spot to sit between two original DeLorean DMC-12’s (Not replicas as this story says – haha).
On Tuesday, 8th April 2014, we were featured on RadioLIVE’s section about off beat offerings on TradeMe.
- February 25, 2014
Firefly Cinemas and the Taranaki Social & Recreational Group are bringing the drive-in to New Plymouth’s Pukekura Raceway this April to help local people with intellectual & physical disabilities.
We have a heap of space up there, so there’ll be over 200 cars at each viewing plus heaps of food & drinks and entertainment so will be a great night out.
- February 21, 2014
- February 13, 2014
Wheelie good service: Rimutaka Roller Derby skaters, from left, Kerith Imrie, Jasmine Yuile and Chrissy Yuile, glided around as pizza waitresses while drive-in moviegoers watched Grease.
It wasn’t just the punters at Firefly Cinema’s latest screening who came on wheels last Sunday – waitresses glided around the parking lot at Trentham racecourse on roller skates, delivering pizzas to the cars.
With plenty of Chevrolets and Mustangs featuring in what was the outdoor movie enterprise’s first sell-out crowd, and Grease on the big screen, that whole 1950s American drive-in vibe was complete.
The skating waitress service, something straight out of Happy to Days, was the idea of members of the Rimutaka Roller Derby club, and cinema operators Jonno Morrissey and Brady Dyer were keen to roll with it.
Wind has twice snuffed out Firefly outdoor movie nights but that wasn’t a problem on Sunday. Mr Dyer said while there was a bit of drizzle, noone minded much – especially when further down the valley and in Wellington it was pouring.
They had previously set a limit of 110 cars, thinking that was all they could comfortably fit, but Sunday’s sell-out has shown they can actually lift that by 10 or 15 vehicles.
There are still a few tickets left for Friday’s special Valentine’s Day screening of The Notebook, with a special tie-up with a local florist.
- January 29, 2014
Firefly Cinemas has teamed up with Victoriana Florists in Queensgate Westfield to help you deliver the best Valentine’s Day gift this year!
The rose can either be collected anytime on Valentines Day from their Queensgate store, or we can have it brought to the drive-in that night to give to her at the drive-in itself!
Every person who buys one of these $40 deals also goes in the draw to win this cute teddy below, which we will give away on the night at The Notebook to someone who’s bought a rose.
- December 19, 2013
In the beginning of the movie…
Kevin’s dad throws away his airline ticket!
Which explains why they never have Kevin’s ticket at the airport to realize he’s missing … BECAUSE THEY THREW HIS TICKET AWAY!
- December 8, 2013
We’ve just announced our full line-up of movies for this summer! All movies are just $30/vehicle, with up to 8 people in a car. Gates open at 7:30pm, with the movie starting about 8:30pm. The Trentham Gardens bar & cafe serving great food & drinks.
2014 starts off with a Paul Walker tribute night showing The Fast & The Furious.
February gets the ball rolling with the crowd favourite Grease, which has already proved VERY popular with tickets flying out the door. We’re then hosting a Valentines Day night special with The Notebook. March is packed with American Pie, Pulp Fiction and one of the favourite animated movies Toy Story.
We will still be announcing more movies as we confirm more dates, but that’s the bulk of them – locked and loaded!
- November 29, 2013
We are pleased to announce we have a postponement date for the Fight Club movie which was meant to go ahead on Wednesday evening but was postponed because of the high winds battling Wellington at the moment.
The new date will be Tuesday 10th of December. Gates open at 7:30pm, with the movie starting at 8:30pm.
If you have bought a ticket through our website, you don’t need to do anything, your name will be on our new guest list on the door.
If you are unable to make the new date, please contact us and we will issue you with a voucher to come along to any of our future movies over summer, which are being announced next week.
If you haven’t bought a ticket but would like to come along to the new date, you can still buy tickets here.
Lion King postponement information will be coming soon.
- November 29, 2013
Sadly due to the weather last night we had to cancel our Fight Club screening near the last minute.
Unfortunately the weather is looking much much worse for Friday night, so we’ve sadly had to postpone Lion King too.
The only reason these events are being postponed is because we want them to be as amazing as possible, and with the wind levels as high as they are, it just wont be possible to make the experience as great as we know it can be.
We are working with Trentham over today and tomorrow on replacement dates for these two movies, and will be in touch once we can confirm postponement dates for both movies.
On the plus side, the weather for Dirty Dancing is looking great – so fingers crossed it stays that way. There’s only a few tickets left to Dirty Dancing, so if you were planning on coming along grab your ticket now, as gate sales will not be available if it sells out prior.
Our apologises for the inconvenience the bad weather has caused, and we can’t wait to have you along at Firefly Cinemas.
- November 2, 2013
Over the past 24 hours we have been running a competition through our Facebook & Twitter pages letting our fans help us name our Firefly character, who until now has been referred to as “The Firefly Guy”.
Wanting to give him a personality we decided to let the people help us knight him in all his glory.
So without further adieu, may we introduce Flick The Firefly.
While a number of people suggested the name Flick, it was Ben Wilson who suggested it first. Ben has scored himself one vehicle pass to any future event after our opening week.
- October 29, 2013
Our opening week screening of Anchorman will be raising money for Movember. During November each year, Movember is responsible for the sprouting of millions of moustaches around the world. With their “Mo’s” men raise vital funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.
When your purchase your ticket to Anchorman, please add a ‘note to seller’ to let us know you would like to help support us – and we will donate $10 from your ticket to Movember.pendent global charity, Movember’s vision is to have an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health.
On the night we will have prizes for the men sporting the best mo’s, and donation buckets to scoop up that parking money in your ash tray. Both Jonno & Brady are taking part in Movember, so feel free to help out with their donation funds.
If you haven’t already bought your ticket to Anchorman, click here to grab one now.
- October 28, 2013
A big part of why we started this venture was to give back to the people of Wellington and at the same time give them something unique and fun to do outside the norm!
So keeping with the spirit of our vision, we are going to donate $10 from every opening week ticket bought to a charitable group of your choice.
Please purchase your tickets before 12pm on Friday the 8th November to ensure your chosen charity receives their helping hand from Firefly.
Just add a ‘note to seller’ when purchasing letting us know who you would like us to donate it to, and we’ll write the cheque – too easy!
How to add a note
After entering your credit card details please click add a ‘note to seller’ to let us know which charity you would like us to support.
- October 23, 2013
Firefly Cinemas made it onto the front page of the Upper Hutt Leader this week. Read the article below.
All go for drive-in
Drive-in movies at Trentham Racecourse next month are already looking like a hit, with more than half the tickets to the first screenings already snapped up.
Tickets are for the carload and there will be space set aside for 110 vehicle on November 20 for the screening of Fight Club and Avatar.
Firefly Cinemas, set up by former Hutt Valley boys Jonno Morrissey and Brady Dyer, is bringing the drive-in experience to Wellington for the first time. They promise regular shows from November 27 through to April.
Mr Morrissey and Mr Dyer, former Naenae College and Hutt International Boys respectively, met over a year ago and have been working on the project together since.
“I had the idea first,” Mr Morrisey, 28, said. “I took some work to Brady’s web design company and we talked. He had a similar idea and now here we are.”
The men are both film nuts and share a reverence for the role drive-in movies have played in the history of cinema.
They are excited about the Trentham location, where an initial 110 cars will be set in rows on the concourse area.
“Finding the right place was the big logistical thing. We looked at a lot of different venues,” Mr Dyer said. “We like it here. It’s a very secure site and we expect it to be pretty sheltered.”
An inflatable 12-metre-by-6m drop screen – which can be put up in an hour and packed down in half the time – will “pop up” in front of the historic betting board.
Audio for the drive-in experience will transmit through cars’ FM radios – a far cry from the fixed speaker stands of film lore.
Trentham provides other options with picnic screenings planned in front of the racecourse public stand.
Firefly Cinemas are starting with a bang – a four day launch beginning on November 27 with Fight Club, followed at dusk the following evenings with Avatar (in 2D), The Lion King and Anchorman.
The Lion King screening is already more than half booked and the opening night interest is strong too, Mr Dyer said.
Mr Morrisey and Mr Dyer hope they will be able to show new release films in the future.
Regular Sunday shows are planned through to April and Firefly are planning to show films on other evenings through the summer.
A more detailed programme will be released after the four-day opening, Mr Morrisey said.
“We are looking to have short films from emerging Kiwi film makers before the features. We’d like a role supporting film culture in Wellington and New Zealand.”
And forget abut hiding in the car boot – the screenings are priced by the car, not the bodies, at $30.
However, the opening week tickets are $50 for an event, which will include live entertainment and giveaways.
Details can be found at fireflycinemas.co.nz
- October 23, 2013
Our opening week runs from the 26th November (with Anchorman) through till the first day of summer, 1st December (with Dirty Dancing). In between we are running Fight Club (27th Nov), Avatar (28th Nov), and Lion King (29th Nov).
Tickets to all opening week nights are $50 per car , no charge per person so bring the kids or friends along for a great night out.
We have a massive 12m wide x 6m tall cinema screen, cars will be arranged with the best viewing for everyone. If you would like to bring a picnic, chairs, blankets etc along you will need to park your car up and the picnic area is up the front where speakers will be providing the sound.
For those watching from the comfort of the car, we will be broadcasting the sound through your FM radio. We will let you know prior to the movie what station to tune in to.
At our final opening week night (Dirty Dancing – 1st Dec) we will be drawing one lucky person who buys a ticket, who will receive a free ticket to every single movie this summer!
Prior to the movie starting there will be free entertainment, give aways and prizes. We will have a live twitter wall, where you can tweet a message which will instantly show up on the big screen. We will also have a video & photo crew their recording marketing material for the rest of summer.
The Edge, The Breeze, & The Rock will also be along at every night giving away prizes and making sure you have a great night!
As well as everything above, we will also be putting together a video individually thanking every single person who bought a ticket and helped support Firefly Cinemas bring drive-in movies to Wellington.
We can’t wait to see you – so make sure you buy your ticket now.
- October 18, 2013
The day we launched Firefly Cinemas The Dominion Post published this story on Firefly Cinemas.
Upper Hutt is set to join the global revival of drive-in movies with the launch of a pop-up cinema next month.
Entrepreneur Jonno Morrissey and photographer Brady Dyer have joined forces to start Firefly Cinemas, which will screen outdoor movies once a week over summer.
The cinema has been in the works for more than a year, after Mr Morrissey saw a Facebook post from a friend about a pop-up cinema in Australia.
“I just thought it was a great idea. I’m a big movie fan and always been quite fascinated by the drive-in concept and had thought in the past I wonder why it hasn’t been done in New Zealand.”
Our changeable weather is perhaps one reason, but Mr Morrissey said with a relatively rainproof setup and Trentham Racecourse’s wind-sheltered spot it shouldn’t be an issue – unless there was torrential rain.
The pair had invested in a 12-metre by 6m inflatable vinyl backdrop with a PVC dropscreen which can be put up in an hour and packed down in half the time.
Sound would be transmitted through an FM frequency in people’s car radios, but a PA would also be set up for picnickers.
They have gone for crowd favourites for the four-day launch starting on November 27 – Fight Club, Avatar, The Lion King and Anchorman – but will be getting fans involved in deciding future screenings with new releases an option.
Once up and running, screenings will be on Sunday nights at Trentham from September through to April, and available through the winter months for community fundraising events.
- October 17, 2013
With just little over seven weeks until summer, two young creative business tycoons are bringing back the swinging 60’s with Wellington’s first permanent outdoor and drive in cinema, set to launch in late November.
The outdoor cinema, set in the picturesque courtyard of the Trentham Racecource, features an impressive 40 foot inflatable air screen and in-car audio transmission, and is guaranteed to entertain scores of Wellintonians throughout the summer period.
Jonno Morrissey and Brady Dyer, the creative duo behind Firefly Cinemas, outline that the idea stemmed from a fascination with drive-in cinemas and the lack of social events available for Wellingtionians.
“The idea transpired after we became fascinated with drive in cinemas and wanted to go to one! People are increasingly becoming disinterested with multiplex cinemas and we wanted to provide a fun and intimate viewing experience”.
The opening week, starting Wednesday 27 November, will feature classic titles Anchorman, Fight Club, Avatar and the Lion King.
Standard tickets are competitively priced with admission available for just $30.00 per vehicle, making entertainment for the whole family financially attainable.
Tickets to the opening week, which include giveaways and prizes in recognition of the support from Wellingtonians, are available now from www.fireflycinemas.co.nz.
For more information and interview opportunities please contact:
021 135 6989
- October 17, 2013
The following news article was published on NewsWire.co.nz.
PRE-SALE tickets are moving fast for Wellington region’s first drive-in movie cinema – and they only went on sale yesterday.
Firefly Cinemas will open to the public at Trentham Racecourse from November 27 until the end of daylight saving.
Entrepreneurs Jonno Morrissey and Brady Dyer have been planning the drive-in for about a year and a half now.
Mr Morrissey was inspired after seeing pop-up drive in cinemas in Australia and at the resurgence in popularity of drive-in cinemas in the United States.
“People are getting bored with multiplexes and are after a different experience and a more intimate way to watch movies.
“Similar trends with more boutique cinemas here in Wellington.”
After talking to his cousin about the idea, Mr Morrissey was put in touch with Mr Dyer who had similar ideas and together they began crafting a plan.
Morrissey, who describes himself as a movie buff, said the cinema will fit in well with Wellington’s film culture.
“Wellington is a film-centric city, we have a lot of boutique movie cinemas, film festivals as well as being the home of Peter Jackson and Weta Workshop.”
Part of that plan includes showing short films produced locally before feature films such as , Lion King and Fight Club, which screen in the opening week.
“We want to be a part of the Wellington film culture by supporting New Zealand films as much as possible including independent and student films.”
Firefly Cinemas will be able to accommodate 120 cars at each showing and tickets for normal screens are $30 per vehicle.
Movie-goers will be able to tune in via their car radio thanks to an FM transmitter with a PA system on hand for those unable too.
While the full summer line–up in yet to be released, the opening week will show The Lion King, Fight Club, Avatar and Anchor Man.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.fireflycinemas.co.nz