Grove Drive-In

64 Andergrove Road,
Mackay, QLD 4740

500 cars

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Previously operated by: Birch, Carroll & Coyle

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Grove Drive-In

The Grove Drive-In opened on 11th January 1960 with Ethel Merman in “There’s No Business Like Show Business” & James Stewart in “Call Northside 777”. It was operated by the local Gillam family. Taken over by Birch Carroll and Coyle in November 1972. Birch Carroll & Coyle built a new snack bar and projection building(bio box) behind the original snack bar and projection(bio box), and upon completion in 1974, the original buildings were demolished.

Three days later there remained no trace! The Grove Drive-in closed in 1987 with Ally Sheedy in “Short Circuit” & Noah Hathaway in “The NeverEnding Story”. It lay dormant for the next two years. The snack bar was demolished in 1997 (the last part of the Grove Drive-in remaining). The site is now a Tavern(Andergrove Tavern) and a house.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on June 22, 2022 at 1:47 am

Opened on 11th January 1960 for an invited audience with ‘Theres no business like business" and “Call north 777”. The official public opening was on 12th January 1960 screening the same movies.

davidcoppock on June 22, 2022 at 1:52 am

Closed on 4th October 1986 with “Short circuit” and “The neverending story”.

davidcoppock on June 22, 2022 at 2:03 am

The Drive-in’s equipment was auctioned off on 21st October 1986, except for the film projectors which were kept by BCC(Birch Carroll & Coyle). The tavern on the site now was recently remained The Grove.

davidcoppock on June 22, 2022 at 2:07 am

There is a park nearby called Gillam Park(or Gillam Reserve?).

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