Poor numbers put drive-in cinema at risk

TOP NIGHT: The locals who did turn up enjoyed the outdoor drive-in movie in Gladstone on Saturday.
TOP NIGHT: The locals who did turn up enjoyed the outdoor drive-in movie in Gladstone on Saturday. Andrew Morgan

GLADSTONE spoke and the CQ Starlight Cinema listened.

But disappointing numbers for Saturday evening's screening of Labyrinth and White House Down may jeopardise the drive in cinema from returning.

Owner Ben Dyer said while Gladstone had expressed a great interest in the drive-in coming to town, the numbers did not justify the trip.

"Gladstone people have been telling us for a long time how excited they are about us coming to town, but the numbers weren't there to support us," he said.

"We can't continue to include Gladstone if they don't show up."

Mr Dyer said he understood two prior cancellations due to weather and licensing issues could have played a role in lacklustre crowds, but urged residents to show their support via the business's Facebook page.

"We need Gladstone to rally behind us if they want us to come back," he said.

"If we feel we have enough support, we'll be back in a few weeks."

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