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POLL: Drive-in theatre could return to Rockhampton

DRIVE-IN: Georgia Horsley has popcorn in hand ready for the drive-in movie.
DRIVE-IN: Georgia Horsley has popcorn in hand ready for the drive-in movie.

ALMOST 56 years after 1500 people in 350 cars blared their horns to herald Rockhampton's first drive-in movie, the city may join a number of towns looking at a resurgence in old-school entertainment.

Families for generations learned the value of taking children to the movies in their pyjamas, but this recent move is aimed squarely at the 17 to 28-year-olds who aren't into the clubbing scene.

Councillor Cherie Rutherford told yesterday's communities committee meeting she was keen to see a feasibility study into holding drive-in movies at the showgrounds.

It's not the first time Cr Rutherford has made the suggestion, which she said started as a joke but turned more serious.

Rockhampton Regional Council Arts and Heritage manager Peter Owens told committee members he would be happy to revisit the idea.

Committee chair Rose Swadling was also enthusiastic about the idea which could add to the multiple uses for the showgrounds.

"We hold the speedway there and this could be another use," she said.

"Movies would need to be programmed around other events, but there's probably no reason it couldn't be monthly."

During the 1950s there were 330 drive-in theatres in Australia. In 2002 the drive-in at Mareeba, near Cairns, reopened and the Tivoli Drive-in near Ipswich re-opened in 2008.

 

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