The Tivoli Drive-In Theatre, a 40 minute drive from Brisbane’s CBD or 7 minutes from Ipswich, offers families an affordable night of old-fashioned fun underneath the stars.
Popular during the 70’s, drive-ins slowly fell out of favour and developers took over. The Tivoli, one of South East Queensland’s last remaining drive-ins was rescued when the Rivers of Life Christian Church purchased the land and re-opened the iconic drive-in.
Every Saturday night, the church screens two of the latest family blockbusters back to back on the big screen (32m X 16m). The drive-in also boasts a new cinema projector, rated in the Guinness Book of Records as the brightest cinema projector in the world.
The gates open at 4pm, with the first film starting at 6:30 or 7pm (depending on the time of year). Pre-movie entertainment includes market stalls and free jumping castle for the kids; there’s also a children’s playground.
An on-site café sells hot dogs, burgers, fish and chips as well as lollies, popcorn and hot and cold drinks – like hot chocolate and ice-cream spiders. The café, run as a social enterprise business, provides training and jobs for the unemployed. 100% of the Tivoli’s profit goes back into the community.
Nice to know – all are welcome at the Tivoli including four-legged, furry family members (on leash).
Need to know - Gates open 4pm. Market Stalls & Cafe from 4pm.
By Deb Lidster
50 Coal Rd
$10 per car
0488 848 654