Momentum in the plans for Dubbo’s drive-in re-opening is reaching new heights as businesses and community groups throw their support behind the project.
Friday’s painting of the big screen was a milestone at the site that is being prepared in readiness for thousands of patrons next month.
Based on tickets already sold, out-of-towners coming to the April 7-9 event would inject a projected sum of almost $250,000 into the Dubbo economy, organisers report and they expect the figure to rise as more tickets sell.
The makeover of the big screen was achieved with more of the help from local businesses that has been a hallmark of the project.
The one-off re-opening of the drive-in after more than three decades is a partnership between Dubbo City Youth Council and Dubbo Regional Council.
It is part of the National Youth Week program.
Council youth development officer Jason Yelverton told of the “phenomenal” support coming from the community to make the project happen, and at an affordable price for patrons.
“I can’t say how thankful we are for local business support, enabling us to sell tickets for $35 per car,” he said.
“It’s a benefit for everyone, enabling more people to come who may not have had the money otherwise.”
Additionally Dubbo Rhinos Rugby Club members are to complete a working bee at the site as part of the finishing touches.
On Friday the big screen, about 30 metres wide by 12 metres tall, received a fresh coat of paint.
It took 200 litres of a special paint with a higher magnesium content, preferred for drive-in screens, Mr Yelverton said.
Grease is a sell-out, and tickets are available for the other four movies on the program.
See more pictures of the drive in on Page 20.