THEY’RE IN AGAIN: A lonely rusting speaker stands guard over an old drive-in site.
THEY’RE IN AGAIN: A lonely rusting speaker stands guard over an old drive-in site. Contributed

Only a few more sleeps until drive-in movies return to Rocky

BEN DYER could not be feeling any better about the new Rockhampton drive-in after a test run for invited guests on Thursday night ran smoothly.

CQ Starlight Cinema Drive In organiser Ben Dyer at the event on Thursday. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
CQ Starlight Cinema Drive In organiser Ben Dyer at the event on Thursday. Photo Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

And the director of Gladstone-based CQ Starlight Cinema says he can't wait for the public screenings to start at the Rockhampton Showgrounds next Friday.

"It went very well. We asked everyone who came along what they thought and it was nothing but praise," Mr Dyer said yesterday.

"It wasn't so much about the number of people; it was more about testing the system and the set-up before we get the public there next Friday."

Mr Dyer has been given approval to run a three-month trial at the showgrounds, with two movies to be shown each Friday night (weather permitting).

He hopes that with public support, the drive-in will become a permanent fixture on the city's entertainment calendar.

Next Friday's movies will be the animated hit, Cars, at 6.15pm and the musical comedy, Pitch Perfect, at 8.30pm.

Mr Dyer plans to set the movie schedule several weeks in advance, and is promising patrons real variety.

"We have had a lot of feedback from the public about the movies they would like to see and we will definitely take those into consideration," he said.

"I think there is real nostalgia around drive-in cinemas, driven by the baby boomers and Gen X-ers who want to immerse their children in the sort of experiences they had as children. It's all about the experience and we want it to be a good experience for everyone."