OPINION: Stage set for another win for drive-in
TWO years ago owners of the Tivoli Drive-in had five weeks to raise $100,000 for a new digital projector, or it was curtains for one of the last surviving drive-in cinemas in the south-east.
The community cinema was still showing films off a 35mm projector, out-dated technology which ruled out screening many new release films.
Donations came thick and fast with a huge response from politicians and business leaders.
The biggest support was from movie-goers, showing the unique venue was something they didn't want to lose.
Early this year the headline in the QT was "Gridlock at the drive-in".
The usually quiet streets of Tivoli where attracting an estimated 400 vehicles and close to 2000 people packed into the suburb to catch two kids' movies one Saturday.
When the Rivers of Life Christian Church bought the property in 2003, many would have laughed off the grand vision they had for the venue.
Who would have thought the humble drive-in could survive in the world of Cinema 8s, IMAX, Gold Class, surround sound, home theatres, pay-TV and DVDs?
The church has not only made the facility commercially viable but given the city a great asset and a much-needed outlet for family entertainment.
Today's announcement is a major coup for the church and a huge win for the community.