Dubbo drive-in's new look - making an old icon ready for fresh crowds

Dubbo Regional Council youth development officer Jason Yelverton at the drive-in which is receiving some attention to make it ready for a planned opening in April. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS.

Dubbo Regional Council youth development officer Jason Yelverton at the drive-in which is receiving some attention to make it ready for a planned opening in April. Photo: PAIGE WILLIAMS.

The big old screen at Dubbo’s drive-in is set to receive a makeover ahead of its proposed comeback.

The huge visual reminder of another era has remained on the dormant site since the Westview Drive-In closed three decades ago.

But with the plan for the drive-in to open for a weekend in April, the old icon is being treated to some tender loving care.

Dubbo City Youth Council in partnership with Dubbo Regional Council (DRC) is behind the project.

DRC youth development officer Jason Yelverton reported momentum was gathering, with support from various parties including the private owner of the site.

It was an exciting but somewhat daunting task after so many years.

“I’ve been out there and done quite a lot of mowing and whipper snipping in my own time to try to get it to a stage where it could be presentable,” Mr Yelverton said.

“In partnership with some other people, and we’ve got it to a state where we’ve been able to get it over the line to be able to put it on.

“So in terms of money not much at this stage.

“There’s going to be, obviously we have to repaint the screen but we’ve had a lot of people that I’ve had conversations with in the lead up to it.

“Tradespeople and people from the community have come on board and been very generous to try and get it up and going.

“So we’re really lucky to have the support of the community.”

The vast space of the drive-in prompts memories for those who went during its run from 1970 to 1984.

The younger generation can only imagine what it was like full of panel vans and other classic cars.

Playground equipment from a previous era offers a glimpse of the drive-in experience.

“It’s been a really fun project but it’s been really hard work,” Mr Yelverton said.

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