Vivian Morrice and Stephanie McKay have never experienced a Drive-In movie for real but may soon get the chance if the Rockhampton Showgrounds is opened up as a drive-in. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Vivian Morrice and Stephanie McKay have never experienced a Drive-In movie for real but may soon get the chance if the Rockhampton Showgrounds is opened up as a drive-in. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Huge support for drive-in with wide range of movies to come

VARIETY is the spice of life and that is exactly what Ben Dyer wants Rockhampton's new drive-in movie theatre to deliver to its patrons.

The director of Gladstone-based CQ Starlight Cinema has been overwhelmed by the support for the project, which will launch into life on Friday, October 10.

The Rockhampton Regional Council this week gave the green light for a three-month trial of the drive-in at the city's showgrounds.

The first movies to be screened will be the animated hit, Cars, and the musical comedy, Pitch Perfect.

Each Friday night screening will feature two movies - the first a G or PG-rated family movie; the second aimed at an older audience.

Mr Dyer said movie selection was a balancing act.

"We want to provide some real variety," he said. "That's why it is important that we show a range of movies, including nostalgic movies that parents can rediscover with their children. The drive-in is all about the experience and we want it to be a completely different experience for our movie-goers."

Mr Dyer said the movies would range from cult classics to recent releases.

There was no intention for the drive-in to compete with local cinemas, which had the licence to screen new releases.

Mr Dyer, who will also launch a drive-in theatre in Gladstone next month, was glowing in his praise for the Rockhampton council.

He said he first got wind of the drive-in proposal for Rockhampton on The Morning Bulletin's Facebook page. It was then picked up by radio station Hot FM.

"Between the two, there was a huge amount of positive feedback," Mr Dyer said. "The story mentioned Cr Rutherford and Peter Owens so I immediately contacted them and explained that I had all the equipment ready to go.

"It has all happened in a matter of weeks. Given the huge support, I think it is here to stay."

WHAT YOU WILL PAY

The admission price for each movie will be:

$20 per vehicle for up to two people.

$5 per extra person aged four and over.

$10 extra per vehicle to stay for the second feature.



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