Boondall Drive-In Screen during Construction
Boondall Drive-In Screen during Construction

Thanks for the memories!

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 was Shetland pony rides for kids, playground, etc. The site was also used as a Go-Kart Track

- Snack bar & BBQ served food - you could pick your steak and a chef cooked for you on the spot

- 2 sessions per night - up to 600 patrons per session

- The facility operated for over 30 years, closing 28 Feb 1990.

Due to the era, taking of photographs was very limited and finding images has proved quite a challenge.

Many of the neighbours that lived close to the Drive-In can recall the activity, excitement and watching movies for free but no images unfortunately.

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 they would like to share, a Facebook page has been created; https://www.facebook.com/Boondall.DriveIn/

For specific queries, or to arrange copying of images, please contact John Andrew on 0401 343 727 or Pam Verney on 0410 327 095.


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