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.