Drive-in movies gets green light and moving forward fast
PANEL vans and popcorn will be the order of the day with a drive-in movie theatre set to be up and running at the Rockhampton Showgrounds within two to three weeks.
Rockhampton Regional Council has agreed to a three-month trial of a drive-in theatre by Gladstone-based company CQ Starlight Cinema.
Councillor Cherie Rutherford (pictured) could barely contain her excitement when she broke the news yesterday.
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She is confident that, given public support, the drive-in theatre will become a permanent fixture.
Social media went into overdrive when the idea was first touted at the start of the month.
"I didn't expect it to take off the way it did," Cr Rutherford said.
"The community support was overwhelming and the next thing I knew I had a phone call from someone saying: 'Listen, I believe I can deliver this' and it's just gone from there.
"It's just one of those things that seems to have hit a chord right at the right time.
"We're checking on a date now but it could be as soon as two weeks that we have our first movie showing in the showgrounds."
Prices and screening times are yet to be decided but the drive-in will run on Friday nights with two screenings - a family movie at the early timeslot, followed by a movie suited to an older audience.
Movies will be shown on an 11.5m inflatable screen and the audio broadcast on an FM band of the car radio.
Cr Rutherford said everything seemed to be falling into place.
"I know it will start off with a bang. I'm confident the support is there so now it is up to the community to continue to support it," she said.
"These things can only survive if a community is willing to get out and continue to support them.
"It doesn't matter how much we want something; if we are not willing to actually go and be part of it it can't continue to operate.
"Please, please continue to support this'."