Drive-in's demise sign of the times
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
MEMORIES of falling asleep in the car are all that will be left of the drive-in experience for Shirley Davies. After nearly 40 years the Glen Drive-In is set to close its doors.
The theatre is one of only six left in Queensland but it looks likely to close its gates with plans to develop the land into a 47-lot residential subdivision.
Glen Drive-In owner Keith Upton has declined to comment on the possible closure in the past and was not able to be contacted yesterday.
However, Gladstone residents yesterday showed their concern that such a visible part of the region's history could be lost.
Shirley Davies said she had always held a special place for the Glen Drive-In and called on Gladstone residents to oppose its closure.
"It's an absolute shame that part of Gladstone's history may be about to close,'' Mrs Davies said.
"It's the atmosphere of the drive-in, it can't be beat.''
Memories of the drive-in for Shirley have been based around her family, who have all been regular visitors to the Gladstone 'big screen'.
"The kids love it, they get the mattress out and set up camp, it's a bit of an adventure for them,'' Mrs Davies said.
As a teenager the drive-in was where Mrs Davies saw her first movie.
"I remember falling asleep and being woken up by the attendant after everyone else had left,'' she said.
While residents yesterday expressed their concern at the loss of the iconic Drive-in, it seems the application looks likely to go ahead.
Gladstone City Council planning manager Andrew Kearns said to date there had been little interest shown in the development application.
"To tell the truth there has been very few people asking about the application and as yet no official responses received from the pub- lic,'' Mr Kearns said.
However, this opposes what res- idents said yesterday with many who spoke to The Observer saying they would object to the proposal.
Today is the last day residents can oppose the application.
They are free to view the application at the Council Chambers in Goon- doon Street and put an official re- sponse to Council.
The council will make a decision at its January meeting.