Effort to rekindle past memories of Boondall drive-in
DO YOU remember the Boondall drive-in?
One of the tragedies of modern living is the loss of the classic drive-in experience.
At one stage Brisbane had six drive-in theatres operating.
Now, there is just one at Yatala, and the Tivoli in Ipswich.
In an effort to rekindle some past memories, a local real estate agent has teamed up with the Sandgate & District Historical Society to gather memories, recollections, images and any artefacts.
Some basic facts about the Boondall Drive-In;
- Opened February 8, 1956
- Located just off Sandgate Rd Boondall, near St Joseph's Nudgee College
- Largest screen in Australia at the time
- Apart from movies there were Shetland pony rides for kids, playground, etc. The site was also used as a Go-Kart Track
- Snack bar and barbecue served food - you could pick your steak and a chef cooked for you on the spot
- Two sessions per night - up to 600 patrons per session
- The facility operated for over 30 years, closing February 28 1990.
Due to the era, taking of photographs was very limited and finding images has proved quite a challenge.Through investigations by John Andrew (PLACE Nundah) & Pam Verney (Sandgate & District Historical Society) a couple of images have been sourced from a past employee, Ian Day. If any readers do have memories of the Boondall Drive In they would like to share, a Facebook page has been created; https:// http://www.facebook.com/Boondall.DriveIn/