Fans of the drive-in – old and new – want it back on Dubbo’s social and entertainment scene even if it is only on rare occasions.
The three-night drive-in spree after a three decade absence attracted thousands of movie goers and hundreds of cars over three nights. It was organised by the Youth Council and the Dubbo Regional Council.
The community definitely wants it back, according to comments on the Daily Liberal’s Facebook page.
Tanya Minner felt the drive-in should “re-opened altogether”, Justine N Kirk Pettet wants it open every weekend, Serena Rice “at least once a month” and Amy Naef-Artist “would love to see this happen once a month - or even once every few months”.
Fans heartily thanked the Youth Council, volunteers, police and sponsors.
Dewayne Grant: “Awesome weekend. This should happen again. When I say again all the time it brings Dubbo together and everyone is having a great time. World happiness solved in Dubbo. There's ya headline Daily Liberal for Mondays paper.”
Kerrie Stoneman Jones: “Fantastic event. Big cheer to all involved, was great seeing so many people talking laughing and telling old drive-in stories!!!!! We sat outside with a trannie turned on. We took our daughter and granddaughter for their first time at a drive-in.”
Leanne Spencer: “… great night excellent screen ‘n sound quality. It would b a great if it was a long term thing perfect for fundraising events.”
Dale Albus Elliott: “ ... I loved every moment as did my grandmother, mother, uncle , aunty and two cousins we would happily go every time that its on. I encourage everyone to write to council and get them to lobby the private owners to allow this to happen more regularly ...”
Simone Armstrong: Awesome night. Thanks so much to all involved. Was a wonderful memory that we were able to share with our children.”
Dianne Finn: “We did lovely to bring back memories …”
Some patrons complained about delays getting in and out and missing part of a movie.
Hannah Gannon: "Hats off to all involved for a lovely evening. I attended the second session, so had a bit of a delay. Seeing "Top Gun" on the BIIIG screen was worth the wait. Hopefully events like this can happen again - it could be a real opportunity for Dubbo, as I know there were people from out of town who made the effort to attend, and plenty of locals who missed out on tickets. Well done, and thanks again!”
Rebecca Walker: “Looks like all the good fun stopped with Willy Wonka. While the film was enjoyable, having to wait over an hour and a half just to get into the 2nd session plus then waiting another half hour before the film started, then another half hour after it ended just to leave, was NOT enjoyable. We spent more time waiting in our car than we did watching the actual movie! ...”
Kelly Bridges: “Loved seeing Top Gun on the big screen. Brought back some great memories from when I was a kid going to the drive-in. Very well organised. Yes there was a bit of a wait for the second session but I enjoyed the atmosphere of being back there …”
Karen Poulter: “Absolutely Fantastic!!! Driven past 1000 times and wished it was open! My daughter and her little friend loved it too!!!”
Libby Hayden: “My daughter said big delay. They only got to watch 40 mins Top Gun, kids tired and wanted to go home, but they were sitting in car since 7.35 waiting to go in.”
Kath Barnett Fantastic family night out! Well done to all involved in the organisation of a wonderful community event
Sonya Lees It was fantastic. I would love to see it keep going. Even if only for the school holidays. Thank you to the organisers, volunteers and emergency services. So well organised!
Annette Mackay: “Should have movie screening all through the holidays so holiday makers from near and far can also share the experience.”