Woodridge Drive-in

Opened: 1975
Location: Logan Reserve Road, Waterford
Capacity: 500 Cars
Screens: One
Operator: Birch, Carrol and Coyle
Closed: 1987

The photos do not do the Woodridge drive-in justice, as this was a very pretty drive-in in its day. It was BCC’s great hope in the mid-1970’s but never quite reached that potential. It had a screen 100 foot wide and was equipped with Century projectors. Like many drive-ins it was equipped with a diesel standby generator and it operated on diesel power every Monday night, the projectionist had to check the gauges every 30 mins and note oil temp, volts, amps, water temp, and frequency. The fuel consumption was also noted with a large tank dip stick. Rituals like this were performed in drive-ins and hardtops across the country; today it is rarely seen. Woodridge also was fitted with Cine-Fi AM radio sound in the late 1970’s and every 2nd ramp had this available (the others still had speakers). A few months prior to closure, the lamps were upgraded to 5,000O xenons. Upon closure the screen and sound system were moved to Capalaba to transform that drive-in into a twin.