Drive-in cancellation leaves fans disgruntled

THE CQ Starlight Cinema's drive-in movies was again cancelled on Saturday night, leaving a few disgruntled residents who had turned up to see two movies.

A notification on social media blamed the weather for the cancellation.

The notification was posted in the comments section of a previous post on the CQ Starlight Cinema's Facebook page, at 4.15pm on Saturday.

"Unfortunately due to very strong winds we are unable to operate the cinema tonight. We will reschedule to another date," it read.

It came a week after a movie licensing issue forced the company to reschedule the event.

Some fans expressed their disappointment at the late cancellation notice.

"Really disappointed that the cancellation is only posted on the comments," one wrote.

"I live in Tannum Sands and drove me and my sister in to Gladstone to experience the drive-in, which was a first for both of us.

"We were both very excited. You can imagine our surprise and disappointment when we arrived and found out it had been cancelled."

Another movie fan had driven from Bororen with five children.

"We understand weather is unpredictable but it's been windy all day and still no update. Don't think we will bother next time," she wrote.

CQ Starlight Cinemas representatives apologised for the inconvenience caused, and offered free tickets to the next drive-in movie night for disgruntled fans.

"We regret any inconvenience caused, however given this was to be the launch night we tried all afternoon to erect the screen in different positions despite the high winds.

"Unfortunately it was simply not possible in the conditions.

"As soon as we had exhausted all options we posted in the comments of our flyer.

"The mobile phone Facebook app does not allow new posts to be created and hence we couldn't do this until it was all packed up and we had returned to the office a short time ago.

"We will be able to advise windy weather cancellations with more notice next time and again apologise for this unavoidable cancellation."

The organisers said they had tried hard to bring the launch night to residents, at great expense, and hoped support would continue for the new entertainment option.

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