Blackwater

Opened: 1977
Location: McKenzie St. Blackwater
Capacity: 200 Cars
Screens: One
Operator: ?
Closed: 1990's?

Brief history:
Blackwater is located a few hundred kilometers inland from Rockhampton. Its not on the way to anywhere much unless you're headed for the vast inland or the town of Emerald that is a few kilometers further west. The Blackwater drive-in still stands in tact but derelict. Horses now roam the ramps, eat in the snack bar and probably use the toilets too! The building is constructed using besser blocks, which is typical of drive-in theatre buildings from the mid-1960's onwards. The screen is similar to many later built smaller constructions and is identical to the second screen built at Sandringham drive-in in Melbourne.


"Welcome", it's not quite the Skyline Burwood but this entrance no doubt catered to many happy customers over the years.

Drive-ins like Blackwater were the meeting place and often entertainment lifeblood of towns across Australia. The films were only part of the attraction, you could mingle on warm nights or choose the seclusion of a quiet back ramp.


Horse are given the challenge of keeping the grass height lower the the tops of the speaker posts.


Refreshments for horse these days, half the roof is gone from this snack bar.


Good enough for movies to hit this sheet tonight. Unless it is cut up for scrap, screens like this will stand for decades. Photos October 1999.

 

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