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Narellan ‘Gayline’ Drive-In Movie Theatre

Gayline Drive-In Signage at Narellan (I Willis)
Gayline Drive-In Signage at Narellan (I Willis)

 

A notable part of Camden modernism that has disappeared is the drive-in movie theatre. The Narellan Gayline Drive-in Movie Theatre was one of the notable attractions in the local area between the 1960s and 1980s located on Morshead Road, Narellan (now Narellan Vale). Along with rock ‘n roll, transistor radios, the bikini, the mini-skirt, it marked the lifestyle of the baby boomers. Always popular with teenagers and  young families. The drive-in movie theatre was a defining moment in the district for a 20th century culture that was based around the icons of the period: cars and movies.

Robert Freestone writes that the drive-in theatre arrived in New South Wales in 1956 and by the 1970s there were 14 drive-ins in the Sydney area including the Gayline. The drive-in was a ‘signifier of modernity’ with its the twin imperatives consumption and comfort in the private space of the motor car. The drive-in reflected the growing influence of the US in the 1950s, the force of suburbanisatio and the democracy of car ownership. The first drive-in Australia was the Burwood drive-in in Melbourne in 1954. In New South Wales drive-ins came under the control of the Theatres and Public Halls Act 1908-1946 and were heavily regulated compared to Victoria under the Theatres and Films Commission. Under the planning restrictions in New South Wales, according to Freestone, drive-ins could not be closer than 4 miles to each other, accessed by a side-road, away from airports, and positioned not to distract passing traffic. The first Sydney drive-in was the MGM Chullora Twin Drive-In which opened in 1956 by the Premier Cahill. In the 1970s there were more than 300 drive-ins across Australia.

During its heyday the drive-in was very popular. It was very democratic, where a FJ Holden could be parked next to a Mercedes Benz. The drive in was a relaxed, laid back way to see the movies. The whole family went to the movies, including the kids. Parents could have night off and not have to clean up, dress up or hire a baby-sitter. Families took blankets, quilts and pillows and when the kids faded out they  slept on the car’s back seat. A young mother could walk around with her new baby without disturbing other patrons.

Operators

Ted Frazer, the owner/operator, of the Gayline Drive-In  was  a picture show man. The Frazers had cinemas on the South Coast, at Scarborough and Lake Illawarra. At Scarborough they operated the Gala Movie Theatre.  It was established in 1950 and had sessions on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights and  Saturday matinee.  The family ran movies in the local progress hall at Lake Illawarra.

Terry Frazer said’ ‘We were the only family operated drive-in, all the others in the Sydney area were run by Greater Union or Hoyts’.

Terry Frazer considered that the business was successful over the years that it operated at Narellan. He said, ‘It was a family business and my son did some projection work. The kids worked in the shop as did our wives’.

The high point of the drive-in’s success was in the early 1970s. Terry’s brother Kevin Frazer and his wife Lorraine Frazer were in the business from the early 1970s. As a family business we had separate jobs to do and you did not interfere with others.

The Gayline showed a mixture of movies. When patrons rolled in they put the hook-on-window-speaker, and occasionally drove off with it still attached after the movie finished. In the 1970s when some were closing down the Gayline resisted the trend, but had to adjust to colour TV and daylight saving with later starts. Like other drive ins during the 1980s it dished up a diet of soft porn and horror movies to compete with videos and colour TV.  In 1975 colour TV had an effect, but a larger impact was the introduction of video in 1983-84. It contributed to killing off the drive-ins. Terry thinks that apart from videos RBT  {RBT became law in NSW in 1985} had an effect.

Terry Frazer said

Things went in cycles.  The writing was on the wall in the early 80s. We knew it was pointless keeping going full-time and we only operated part-time, on Friday and Saturday nights. We had family working in the shop. We  eventually closed in 1990. Land developers were making offers to Dad for the site.  Dad built a house in 1971. It was a cream brick Cosmopolitan home in Gayline Ave. It is still there.

Foundation

Ted Frazer located the drive in at Narellan because it was going to be part of the ‘Three Cities Growth Area’ (1973) that was part of the Sydney Region Outline Plan (1968) and  land was a reasonable price.

The opening night was in November 1967 and first movie was Lt Robin Crusoe USN {Walt Disney, 1966, Technicolor, starring Dick Van Dyke, Nancy Kwan}

Drive in 2
Narellan Gayline Drive in with caravan next to projection room. Ted Frazer would stop over night in the caravan. (T Frazer)

Size of drive-in

Terry Frazer recalls

We could fit in 575 cars. The surface was asphalt and we were always patching it. It was part of the maintenance of the site.

We had to have a licence for motion pictures.

Screen

The screen, according to Terry Frazer, was made from zincaneal sheeting. Mr Frazer recalls

Rivetted together on a rear timber frame. All mounted on a steel frame made by a local engineering company. It was hoisted up by a crane. On either end there were cables and shackles, with a platform with safety rails that you manually wind up with a handle up the front of the screen. You would use it to clean the screen or repaint it white. I painted the screen with a roller.

NTS speakers still mount the junction boxes Narellan Gayline Drive-in (I Willis)
NTS speakers still mount the junction boxes Narellan Gayline Drive-in (I Willis)

Sound

The speakers had a volume control and small speaker. The family brought in Radio Cinema Sound in the mid to late 1970s. The customers had  a choice of old style speaker or radio as not all cars had radios.  Terry Frazer would go around all the speakers on Fridays and check for sound quality. There were red back spiders under the concrete blocks that had the speaker post. Terry recalls:

that just before the end of the show he would remind patrons to put the speakers back on the post before they left. Some would still drive off with them attached. The drive-in had a PA system through the speaker system.

Sessions

Mr Frazer stated

Sessions started at 7.30pm, except in daylight saving when it was 8.30pm. In busy periods we had double sessions – 7.30pm and midnight. Always two features. Always had the lighter movie on first and the feature on 2nd half. In the 1980s we still had a double feature.

Narellan Drive-In
Narellan Gayline Drive in – Narellan Road was behind the screen. It was a 2 lane road from Narellan to Campbelltown.  Poultry farms in background. (T Frazer)

Terry Frazer recalls:

For the midnight session there could be a queue down Moreshead Road out onto Narellan Road waiting to get in. It was a horror movie session from 12.00am to 3.00am.

On some popular Saturday nights we may not be able to get all the cars in. At one stage in the 1970s we considered having two sessions 7.00pm and 10.00pm.

We would advertise sessions in the Sydney papers under the Greater Union adverts every night of the week. We would run adverts in the local papers each week.

Movies and Slides

The feature films could be long movies, eg, Sound of Music, Great Escape. They had an intermission cut into the movie.

Terry Frazer remembers:

We changed the movie programme on Thursdays. We dealt with MGM, Paramount, 20th Century-Fox and Columbia. They were all around the city. You would go to each one to pick up the print [film]. Some of these amalgamated later on. Paramount and Fox were off Goulburn and Elizabeth Streets, Columbia at Rozelle. My father [Ted Frazer] would go in early to book the programme and I would drop off the old programme. You would hope it was a good print, otherwise  I would have to repair the film by doing joins. I used a brush and cement, and later we went to tape. You would make a perfect joint.

You would join up the trailers and a short feature. You would hook then into the front of the spool to make less changeovers.

If a movie went well it would run for 2-3 weeks if the print was not booked out anywhere else. There were usually a lot of prints, so if a movie went well you could keep a print for another week.

For the big movies the city cinemas got 1st release. We could get lessor movies as 1st release and run with other features.

Terry Frazer observed that,

as an independent [screen] we got a reasonable go at it’.

For the lessor movies we paid a certain figure . Top movies were worked on a percentage basis, 50:50, 60:40 [of takings]. Some companies would check the number of cars at the drive-in by sending representatives out. One independent movie producer, Ably Mangles, came out to check the number of cars. He was on a percentage basis.

Independent movies were popular.

Glass slides were provided by David Koffel [advertising agency] as a finished product.

 

Projection

Terry Frazer was the projectionist and recalls:.

The slide projector was carbon arc slide projector. The movie projector was an English Kalee 35 mm projector. It had a carbon arc feed mirror for its light source. It had a manual feed.  You had to thread up each spool which would last 20 minutes. There were 2 movie projectors and one slide projector. You would load one up ready for the next one to start. While the movie was running you would go out to the rewind room and manually rewind the spool for the next night’s screening.

Promotion for Narellan Gayline Drive-In 1970s (The Crier)

Advertising

Terry Frazer remembers:

We had glass slides showing advertising during  intermission and before the show. We would run 70 glass slides showing adverts for local businesses. Local business  would buy advertising. The local representative of the advertising agency would go around local businesses. The advertising agency was David Koffel. There were good money from advertising local businesses. Later the advertising agency changed to Val Morgan.

The Experience of the Drive-in

Memories flood back for baby-boomers of the rainy night when they tried to watch the movie with the windscreen wipers going. Or the car windscreen fogging up. Or the winter’s night when the fog rolled in from Narellan Creek. Or the relaxed ambiance of a balmy moonlite summer’s night.

The experience of the drive-in is the strongest memory for regular movie goers. People rarely talk about the movie they saw but can remember with great detail the whole experience of the drive-in. The smell of the food, the sound of the cars, the queues to get in, the walk for hotdogs and drinks. The night out with the girl friend and the passionate night’s entertainment. Orr the night out as a youngster with the family dressed as you were in pyjamas and slippers.

The Gayline Drive In was not only attractive to young families it offered local teenagers freedom from the restrictions of home. Lots of local teenagers had access to cars and found the drive in an ideal place for a date and some canoodling and smooching. It was quite a coupe to get Dad’s car and show off to your mates or the girlfriend. The drive in was a place to see and be seen. It was a big deal.  One of the favourite lurks of teenagers was to fill the boot of the car with people, so they did not have to pay. Once inside they were let out. If you drove a station wagon you reversed the car into the spot and lay in the back of the wagon, wrapped up in a blanket. Others would bring their deck-chairs, put them in the back of the ute, enjoy a drink and a smoke, and watch the movie.

 

The Shop

The drive in movies offered an experience, whether at the snack bar which sold banana fritters, hot dogs, battered savs, Chiko Rolls, pop corn, chips, choc tops, ice-creams, Jaffas, Minties and Hoadley’s Violet Crumble. The Narellan Gayline Drive-in had a large screen, a projector booth, a children’s playground and a large parking area.

Terry Frazer recalls:

Mum controlled the shop and kitchen. In the early 1970s she had 7-8 working in the shop. Later on there was only one permanent girl. In the 1970s the restaurant had 8-10 tables. Mum would cook T-Bone steak with salad and other dishes. Originally Mum did steak and fish dinners for a few years. Then she went to hot dogs, hamburgers, toasted sandwiches, banana fritters and ice-cream which was very popular, fish and chips, steak sandwiches were popular, chiko rolls later on. They were quick and easy. Mum would pre-prepare  the hot dogs and hamburgers. She would make what she needed based on how many came in the gate. At the break everyone (patrons) would rush down to the shop and queue up 6-7 deep and wanted quick service.

We had snack chocolates, pop-corn. The only ice-creams were choc-tops because the margins were bigger. Drinks were cordial and water in paper cups, there would good  margins. We were the last to change over to canned soft drinks. Most drive-ins did the same.

Customers could sit in the  outside area and watch the movie from the building. A handful of patrons would walk in, usually local kids, sit in front of the shop and watch the movie. All under cover.

The shop did fabulous business until the US takeaways arrived.  McDonalds and KFC {mid to late 1970s in Campbelltown} changed things. Customers would bring these takeaways or bring there own eats.

Patrons

Terry Frazer remembers:

Some of the patrons would like to have a drink. Terry recalls a groups of blokes in the late 1960s who came in a table top truck. They parked the truck and got out their folding chairs and had an 18 gallon keg. I think they finished the keg. It was hard to tell.

You would get guys on motorbikes. We had all sorts of patrons, stories that you could not print. We had a bucks party one night.

In early 1970s there were panel vans which were carpeted and done up. The young fellows would reverse into position and open the doors to watch the movie.

The drive-in was a good nights family entertainment. It was a full nights entertainment for families. There was the kids playground. Mum and Dad could watch the movie. The regulars were young families who could not afford baby sitters. They would pile the kids in the car in their pyjamas and come to the drive-in.

Terry Frazer recalls:

that they would always say the drive-in was one business that added to the population growth of the area. There was a lot of making out [pashing] amongst the young couples who were regulars.

Patrons could get out of their cars and go for a walk. People wandered around.

Different uses

Frazer stated:

At Easter there were church meetings. They constructed a huge stand in front of the screen. It went on for 3-4 years in the early 1970s [a trend copied from the USA]. It was a drive-in church. The Frazers could not recall which church group.

There were car shows in the 1970s.

An independent movie was made at the drive-in. They set up the rails and so they could move along to set a scene. Some scenes in the movie were shot at Thirlmere. A local, Lyle Leonard, had his car in it. They shot a number of scenes at the drive-in. Cannot remember the name of the movie.

Inclement Weather

Frazer remembers:

In wet weather we waited until it was really wet and would tell the patrons to come to the shop and we would give them a pass for the following night.

We could get completely fogged out. The light beam could not penetrate the fog. We would close up and give a pass for the following night. It was worst in April and May.

People would come from a long way for a certain movie in really bad weather you would give them a refund.

If it was drizzling, Lyn Frazer recalls, that patrons could rub ½ an onion onto the windscreen and you could see.

 Narellan township

Narellan township in 1967 [when we set up] only had 6 shops. There was always a takeaway, next door to the current cheesecake shop [on Camden Valley Way]. There was only a very small shopping centre.

All that is left of the Narellan Gayline Drive-In a street sign. (I Willis, 2008)
All that is left of the Narellan Gayline Drive-In a street sign. (I Willis, 2008)

The End

The Gayline Drive In eventually closed down, like many in the Sydney area, when residential development at Narellan Vale started to grow and land was more valuable as real estate. Unfortunately lifestyles have changed and people prefer the comfort of suburban movie theatres at Campbelltown and shortly at Narellan. Although the tradition of outdoor movies and all their attractions for young families and teenagers are not dead in our area. They have made a come back in the local area, as well as other parts of Sydney, in recent years in the form of movies under the stars at venues like Mt Annan Botanic Gardens and Macarthur Park.

Mrs Alma Rootes

Mrs Alma Rootes was  a kitchen hand/shop assistant in the shop at the Narellan Gayline Drive-In from 1967-1975 until she became pregnant with her fourth child.

Mrs Roots with retirement gift
Mrs Alma Roots with retirement gift from Frazer family. Alma worked at the Narellan Gayline Drive-In for many years (I Willis, 2008)

Mrs Rootes recalls:

I thought I had better go when I got pregnant. Alan [Alma’s husband] said that the Mrs Frazer was concerned she would slip in the kitchen or have an accident as Alma was so heavy (pregnant). Mrs Frazer was concerned about her insurance position. The Frazers gave me a silver teapot when I left in 1975 [photo].

I was  paid the wages of the day.  I enjoyed my time there. It was a good place to work. Driving home was not good, sometimes there would be huge fogs. Alan (husband) would take the kids and they would sometimes drive me home.

I have lived at Bringelly for around 50 years. I originally came from Lakemba.

I worked in the kitchen and served at the counter. We did fish and chips, hamburgers, banana fritters and Pluto pups (a battered sav) and other things such as lollies.  People would come into the shop before the movie was screened to buy fish and chips. Fish and chips went really well. They would have their dinner. We would pre-prepare food for sale before interval. It wasn’t easy there would always be a rush at interval. I would work on the hot food.

We made hundreds and hundreds of ice-creams. They had a  chocolate coating. You would scoop out the ice-cream out of a drum-type container. You would put a small scoop in the bottom of the cone and a bigger one on the top and dip in the warm chocolate. The chocolate was in a stainless steel bowl. Mrs Frazer always wanted to give value for money [referring to the two scoops].We would do this  before interval. The banana fritters were battered bananas, deep fried and sprinkled with icing sugar.

On Friday and Saturday nights Mr Frazer would help on the counter in the shop, with the lollies. There would be 2-3 working in the kitchen. On quiet nights the Mrs Frazer would run things on her  own. There was another lady, her name was Lyn, I think. Kevin would come out and work in the shop if there was a rush. Sometimes the movie would start and we would not be finished serving. The customers could see out of the shop to the screen. After the show we would clean up.

The shop had a glass front facing the screen with two doors for entry to the sales area. There was a counter at one end was lollies and ice-creams, in the middle was hot food. There was a door behind the counter to the kitchen. The kitchen had counters down either wall, with a deep fry at one end.

 

 

 

A story about the Narellan Gayline Drive-In (The Crier)
A story about the Narellan Gayline Drive-In (The Crier, 20 May 1987))

Sources: Terry Frazer, Interview, Camden, 2008.  Alma Rootes, Interview, Bringelly, 2010.

Reference: Robert Freestone, ‘The Rise and Fall of the Sydney Drive-In’, in Paul Hogben and Judith O’Callaghan, Leisure Space, The Transformation of Sydney 1945-1970, UNSW Press, Sydney, 2014.

Did you visit the drive in at Narellan? What was your experience? Do you have any photos? Tell us your memories.

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Facebook Comments: Camden History Notes

Warwick Storey I remember going to that drive in with hilarie. It was only 500m up the road for her place. (12 January 2016)

Richard Barnes Watched ghost busters there with my dad..(11 January 2016)

Dianne Vitali Watched many a movie over the years!! B (11 January 2016)

Ian Icey Campbell Use to. Go there in my Escort Panel van,lol. (11 January 2016)

Lauren Robinson I live on this drive in! (11 January 2016)

 

Nell Raine Bruce  Such fun times we had there. Before we could drive we would walk and sit on the veranda of the cafeteria and watch the movie. The good old days, wish it was still there. (Facebook, 22 June 2015) 

Eric Treuer  I remember going there thinking that the drive in was for gays. I was very young at the time. Lol  (Facebook, 22 June 2015) 

Gail Coppola  Had great times there.Listening to the movies and the cows lol  (Facebook, 22 June 2015)

Jan Carbis  Went there many times….great memories  (Facebook, 22 June 2015)

Barbara Brook Swainston I remember it well!  (Facebook, 22 June 2015)

Adam Rorke My lawyers have advised me to say nothing….. (22 June 2015)

Chris Addison What is it now houses kids used to love going there (22 June 2015) 

Justin Cryer i remember going out to here with the whole family hahaha wow (22 June 2015)

Graham Mackie Saw smokie and the bandit there as a kid (22 June 2015)

Jan Carbis Went there many times….great memories (22 June 2015) 

Robert Rudd Movie news that’s for sure gots lots of oh doesn’t matter (22 June 2015) 

Dianne Bunbury We had one in Horsham when I was growing up – 1960s era. (22 June 2015)

Robert Waddell Watched Convoy with a few other families, as us kids played on the swings.ET was the last movie I saw there,it was great because families used to enjoy spending time together back then,El Cabalo Blanco,Bullens Animal World,Paradise Gardens all family activities all closed now because of these so called social networks,play stations,Xboxes etc the family unit has broken down and it’s a very big shame.Have a BBQ with your neighbours take your kids on picnics enjoy family time it’s over to quickly people life is too short by far!!. (23 June 2015)

Kay Gale Great nite out was had many years ago wow (23 June 2015)

Graham Mackie Saw smokie and the bandit there as a kid (23 June 2015)

Jacque Eyles The midnight horror nights! Loved it (23 June 2015)

Vicki Henkelman The Hillman Minx and pineapple fritters life was good !! I also had a speaker in the shed for years oops ! (23 June 2015)

Meg Taylor Soooo many memories (23 June 2015)

Kim Girard Luved it great times (23 June 2015)

Robert Waddell Watched Convoy with a few other families, as us kids played on the swings.ET was the last movie I saw there,it was great because families used to enjoy spending time together back then,El Cabalo Blanco,Bullens Animal World,Paradise Gardens all family activities all closed now because of these so called social networks,play stations,Xboxes etc the family unit has broken down and it’s a very big shame.Have a BBQ with your neighbours take your kids on picnics enjoy family time it’s over to quickly people life is too short by far!!. (23 June 2015)

Kerry Perry Bring back the good times movie,chick,and food (24 June 2015)

Julie Cleary We would back the panelvan in and watch in comfort… So fun! (24 June 2015)

Mick Faber Great memories at the drive in . 12 of us snuck in one night in the back of a mates milk van. More of a party than a movie night. (24 June 2015)

Kathleen Dickinson Holy geez I think I even remember were that used to be! Lol (23 June 2015)

Mandy Ellis-Fletcher Those were the days… Camden / narellan changed so much..(23 June 2015)

23 June 2015

Matthew Gissane We went down through Camden for a Sunday drive last … er … Sunday, and anyhow, we followed the Old Razorback Road up to Mt Hercules. Fabulous vista from up there. Didn’t see the Gayline though. 23 June at 22:39
Greg Black wasn’t aware of the Gayline, …. I do like Camden and the surrounding areas, nice countryside (in the 60’s used to go there with m & d to watch the parachutin’…) 23 June at 23:39
Greg Black Some of the patrons would like to have a drink. Terry recalls a groups of blokes in the late 1960s who came in a table top truck. They parked the truck and got out their folding chairs and had an 18 gallon keg. I think they finished the keg. It was hard to tell. 23 June at 23:46 
Gary Mcdonald You don’t see them aany more  23 June at 14:18  
Sonya Buck Remember seeing American Werewolf in London here Julie Rolph  23 June at 15:58
Leanne Hall Remember getting in the boot to save money oh those were the days  23 June at 09:13 
Ian Walton How many of you went there in the boot of a car, dusk till dawn R rated  23 June at 20:08
Sharon Dal Broi How many fitted in your boot Ian Walton 23 June at 20:09
Ian Walton may be 2 but i never did that HAHA 23 June at 20:11
Ian Walton It was only a small car 23 June at 20:26
Keven Wilkins I remember that guy “movie news”(shit I’m old)lol  1 · 23 June at 22:02
Narelle Willcox We went to the skyline  23 June at 11:36
Graham Reeves went there nearly every weekend, got thrown out a few times as well  23 June at 05:01
Sonia Ellery 22 June at 20:37 This was a great drive in!
Vicky Wallbank omg that was a long time ago but i still remember it ..and used to visit there  1 · 22 June at 21:24
Kris Cummins Look them beautiful paddocks turned to shit 1 · 22 June at 20:06
Adrian Mainey Went there as a kid biff that’s a classic  1 · 22 June at 20:36
Nick Flatman Golden memories  Spent a number of trips in the boot  22 June at 20:50
Craig Biffin & back of ute or wagon  1 · 22 June at 20:52
Nicolle Wilby Ha ha Nick I did too under blankets and stuff!  22 June at 21:40
Anthony Ayrz i remember it well,,,,, thought it was called Skyline….. full of houses now,,,,, can still pick put exactly where it was…. i was about 7 when my parents took us there a few times….. remember going to the bankstown one with my parents friends in the boot…. and we got away with it!!!!  22 June at 21:28
Stephen Burke I did go there a few times. I did forget the name  23 June at 07:08
William John RussellThat was where i grew up was part of the old mans original property 1 · 22 June at 20:15
Chris TownsendI remember it well .Drive – In great . Council sucked .( Over the name )  22 June at 22:53
William John RussellThe reason it was named gayline is because the owners lost their young daughter named Gay  1 · 23 June at 07:34
Eric Treuer I remember going their with my then girlfriend and stopped in shock when I saw the name of the Drive in. Lol.
Wish it was still their.
Bill Russell Reason it was called gayline is because they lost their daughter at an early age
Her name was Gay
Toni Lyall Baume We had mattress in the back of the station wagon with the kids in their jamies
Kim Down We used to go almost every week with the family, then when we were old enough to get cars, we’d go with our mates
Susan Vale I remember watching one of the Star Wars films there. I think it was return of the Jedi.
Robert Andersson Went there a hell of a lot. It was named after the owners daughter that passed away
Bronwyn Herden They were the days …saw many movies there 😦
Jody AndKathleen McLean We used to go was agreat spot
Matthew Frost Lisa Frost everything good was before our time.
Sandy Devlin I seen The Rocky Horror Picture Show when I was 10yo 😲

Alison Russell That brings back memories i used to live behind the drive in it looks like the photo is taken from our old house which sadly has just been sold and will be knocked down but what fun we had there as kids and all the sneaky ways we had to get into the drive in

Colleen Dunk Moroney Often went in in the boot so we didnt have to pay 😲😇 the guy in the white overalls was Neville, used to tap on your window and say “movie news”, giving away movie newspapers. always scared the crap out of me lol. Loved the drivein.
Lauren Novella I remember sneaking in in the boot just to save a few bucks!!!!! Lol. Who even watched the movies….. It was more like a mobile party…😆
Sharon Land Memories remember Alison Russell when we had to go to the outdoor loo and if an R rated movie was on we were supervised outside by mum and dad lol
Andrew Carter-Locke We used to get in the boot of my cousins XY falcon. Back in the day you always got a backup film before the feature. I remember “Posse”, being better than “Jaws”.
Wayne McNamara Many mems….watching people drive off ….still connected….and the guy in the white overalls at the entrance….
Scott Bradwell Cherie Bradwell pretty much every Sat night back in the day 🙂
Shane Sutcliffe I can just remember it as a 9 year old before it closed
Wayne Brennan Wow this sent some flash backs off lol
Steve Gammage Remember it well, what u think Kerrie Gammage
Lynne Lahiff Yes I can remember going to Narellan drive
Inn with my children and I loved it every time!
John MacAllister I remember seeing Mary Poppins there back in the day MA Ran! Good times
Peter Thomas A fantastic place. Deck chairs, a bucket of KFC & a cold esky on a hot summers night.
Karenne Eccles Went there often in the 70s …. thanks for the memories Gayline x
Lesley Cafarella this is where I met my husband Marc cafarella 48 years ago …. nice memories….
Liz Jeffs Went all the time
Sharon Beacham Fernance one of the places you liked to go 😀
Mike Attwood Brings back so many memories
Karen Attwood Remember my big brother Mike Attwood took me and my sister nicky to see the Sound of Music
Dave Lutas Movie news movie news !!!
Christine McDermott Melinda Jolly – Remember it well !!
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Vicki McGregor So many memories at the Gayline.
Greg Mallitt Was a great place
Nelly Strike So many memories, the house in Tobruk road was the best party house too, hey Joseph HartyLiane GorrieDeborah BrownNick RomalisNick DonatoDave LutasJoanne BowerLauren NovellaMoira HartyGenene RocheLaurie Brien
John Jones Sure do

 

 

 

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One thought on “Narellan ‘Gayline’ Drive-In Movie Theatre

  1. I remember the Drive in really well.
    Used to take friends in the back of the boot of the car.

    Also I used to date of the young girls that lived right behind the Drive in.

    Lots of fun back in the days.

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