OLD TIME EXPERIENCE: Vivian Morrice and Stephanie McKay will get the chance to experience a drive-In movie for the first time tonight.
OLD TIME EXPERIENCE: Vivian Morrice and Stephanie McKay will get the chance to experience a drive-In movie for the first time tonight. Chris Ison Rokcdrivein

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IT'LL be a flashback to the 1950s for some, and others, a completely new experience.

A drive-in movie theatre will be created at the Rockhampton Showgrounds tonight, after the idea had a massive response from the community last month.

CQ Starlight Cinema owner Ben Dyer is counting down the hours until they set up their 11.5m screen for the public.

"It's very exciting and we're hoping for good community support so we'll be able to continue these screening," Ben said.

"It's all about reminding people about this type of experience."

A scene from 50 First Dates, which begins at 8.30PM
A scene from 50 First Dates, which begins at 8.30PM

The drive-in theatre was meant to kick off last week, but Ben said it was postponed due to circumstances beyond his control.

But he's eager for the public to drive on into the showgrounds tonight and enjoy a film from their comfort of their own vehicle.

The first movie will be Smurfs at 6.15pm, followed by 50 First Dates at 8.30pm. Entry is $20 per vehicle, and sound will be broadcast through an FM band of the car radio; a snack bar will be on site.
 

DRIVE-IN MOVIES

In 1933, the first-ever drive-in movie theatre was in New Jersey, US

One of the largest was an all weather Drive-In in New York, which had parking for 2500 cars, a kid's playground and a full service restaurant

The popularity of the drive-in spiked after WWII and reached its heyday in the late 1950s to mid-60s, with 5000 theatres across the US

Today, fewer than 500 drive-in theatres survive in the US

Smurfs starts at 6.15PM
Smurfs starts at 6.15PM


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