Boondall Drive-In

Stanworth Road and Mayfair Place,
Boondall, QLD 4034

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Previously operated by: Birch, Carroll & Coyle

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Boondall Drive-In

Located in Boondall to the north of Brisbane. The Boondall Drive-In opened on 8th February 1956 and was operated by Boondall Drive-In Pty. Ltd. At the time it featured the largest screen in Australia (94ftx45ft) There were two sessions a night, while the drive-in could accommodate 600 patrons per session. Apart from movies, there were Shetland pony rides for kids. The site was used on Sundays for major Go-Kart meetings and races. There was a snack bar and barbecue where you could pick a chef cooked steak, prepared for you right on the spot.

The drive-in operated for 34 years, closing on 28th February 1990, it was demolished and the site turned a housing estate.

Worthy of special note was the projectionist Rex Piggott. Reg commenced his career in the film industry as a 14 year old in England. After emigrating to Australia he secured a projectionist job at the Boondall Drive-In and was employed in this position for 30 years, right up to when the drive-in closed. Reg was a much respected member of the Society of Cinema Pioneers.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on June 7, 2018 at 4:08 am

Closed on 28/2/1990. 650 cars.

davidcoppock on July 8, 2020 at 8:53 am

Operated by Birch Carrol & Coyle.

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