Lights, camera, drive-in action

The Yatala Drive-In has reopened under strict coronavirus guidelines.

One of Queensland’s few remaining drive-in movie theatres has reopened with strict social distancing measures in place.

Under the stringent guidelines, guests will be required to pre-purchase their tickets with barcode scanning verification in place at the gates to create a contactless entrance procedure. 

The drive-in has also halved its 750-car capacity and will only operate at 50% capacity with guests allowed to park in every second bay to ensure social distancing. 

Guests must ensure they do not travel farther than 50km from their home to attend and may only travel with people who live with them or one person from outside their home to meet the State Government’s updated COVID-19 guidelines.

The theatre's iconic double features, which have been a staple since the drive-in first opened in 1974, have also been replaced with single features to reduce the need for bathroom breaks.

While bathrooms will remain open, they have been designated for emergency use only and limited to one person in each restroom unless it’s an adult with a young child. 

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Guests are encouraged to bring garbage bags to assist with their clean-up and to reduce the potential exposure to staff. 

The snack bar will be closed. However, the candy bar will continue to operate (limited to groups of 10 at a time).

Gates open from 5.30pm for a 6.30pm start seven nights a week, with tickets starting from $35 per carload (up to six people). Purchase tickets online here.