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Stardust Drive-In in the news?!
« Thread started on: Jan 18th, 2006, 5:38pm »

I found this link on drive-ins.com, not sure if the story is for real or not, pretty d**n funny. LOL http://townsvillebulletin.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,7034,17866946%5E14787,00.html




Love affair with drive-in
By JOHN ANDERSEN
19jan06
IT'S a wonder Ayr film buff Frank Jerkic has ever had time to actually watch a movie.

Frank says that most of his 10 children were conceived in the backs of cars at drive-in picture theatres in Mount Isa and Ayr.

Five of the 10 children belong to Frank and his wife Suzzi and five to Frank and a previous partner.

The '60s and '70s term 'don't bother knockin' if it's rockin' must have been invented for Frank who was obviously an automobile gymnast of Olympian standard in his younger days.

Frank and Suzzi have been running Ayr's Stardust Drive-In since 1988 and to them it's more than just a job. It's a lifestyle.

The Stardust is one of only a handful of drive-ins left in Queensland and Frank and Suzzi are determined to see that it stays open.

Frank knows his drive-in lore. As a kid growing up in Mount Isa he worked at the city's Tropic Air Drive-In. With 21 rows of speakers, it was the largest drive-in in Australia and its screen the biggest in the southern hemisphere.

Like so many of its kin around the nation, the video revolution killed off the Tropic Air. Only the strongest survived the video invasion, Frank said.

Frank and Suzzi open the Stardust Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and tend to show mostly PG and G films which draw families from as far away as Bowen and Townsville. They hold special film nights, other nights for groups and clubs which book ahead.

The couple have built a roofed cinema in the drive-in complex which Frank says gives the Stardust the distinction of being the only drive-in in Australia with a hard top cinema.

"We mostly hire it out for birthday parties and functions," he said.

Family groups and backpackers who come to the Stardust usually bring their ice boxes and sit around in chairs and watch the movie.

"We've got FM stereo sound so they bring their boom boxes, set them up in the back of the ute and tune in," he said.

"Hardly anyone sits in cars and watches movies anymore. Headrests stuffed that. The people in the back seat couldn't see over the headrests.

"I've been going to drive-ins since I was a kid in the Isa. I've spent my life at the movies. In fact most of my kids were conceived at the drive-in."

He's seen it all. There was the night a young woman came over to the shop where they make the burgers and told Frank her boyfriend needed help.

Frank went over and found a 20-something bloke naked, except for a pair of undies dangling from one leg, in the front seat of a VW beetle. He was stuck between the two front seats and the ankle of one leg was jammed in the open glove box.

"He had the bar above the glove box pressing down on him. He was in a lot of pain and couldn't move," Frank said.

Frank, a big man, said he had to squeeze in under the hapless bloke and wrench his foot from the glove box.

"I got him out. There was no way he could have gotten himself out. He kept saying 'sorry mate, sorry mate'. I can still remember the movie that was on. It was Blue Water, White Death," Frank said.

Frank is looking forward to the release of the controversial Heath Ledger film Brokeback Mountain in which Ledger plays a homosexual ranch hand.

"I'm expecting a good roll-up. We take the pink dollar here at the Stardust," Frank said.

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Re: Stardust Drive-In in the news?!
« Reply #1 on: Feb 5th, 2006, 05:41am »

Oh this story is really real for sure, we are amazed it found its way onto this site which is one of the best around, well heres one of our links http://www.burdekindelta.com.au/starstory.html

just hope it works ok, anymore info please email me or leave message on this
Ciao
Frank n Suzi
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 5th, 2006, 07:46am »

I to am stunned that this story reached so far around the world.
And yes its true oh so true.

Here are a couple more links that just might intrest people.

http://www.burdekindelta.com.au/starmovies.html

http://www.burdekindelta.com.au/stardust.html

Well cheers and beers
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 6th, 2006, 3:32pm »

Frank, Suzi and Ken....welcome! Glad to hear from you guys, thanks for the links. A couple of question, can we see some photos of your drive-In? I don't see it on the drive-ins.com site. Also, I was looking at the menu on your site, since I like to eat so much. I know what steak is but what's "Steak, Mince and Digger"? And what are "Hot Chips" and "Bunny Chips"?

Btw, I really dig your music and cars

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 7th, 2006, 05:36am »

Hi Ron great to hear from you and have some answers to your questions, our web site is not on drive-ins.com but you can find us on http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au go to the state of Queensland and you'll find us.
Now as for the food (yummi) you can get a Steak Burger which is steak tomato onion lettuce and beetroot.
Mince burger is minced meat tomato onion lettuce and beetroot (Hamburger)
Digger is Bacon Egg tomato onion lettuce and beetroot and cheese
Millenium Burger is Steak, minced meat, bacon, egg, tomato, grillled cheese, onion, lettuce beetroot.. all the above come with hot chilli if requsted.

Now Hot Chips are what you call fries, Bunny chips (for kids) are cup of hot chips with a Hot Dog sausage cut in half to look like Bugs Bunny ears.

We also have Hot Dogs with mustard, tomato or Bar B-Q sauce, Theres the Mongrel Pig Dog which is hot dog sausage wrapped in bacon, fried onion, grilled cheese, hot chilli.

Wash this all down with a Boodgie Blood drink and your right for the night

Dont like your taste in cars after all its a Ford (girls car) you need a real car like the Holden Monaro or Torana lol

Glad to see you got great taste in music Ac/Dc are the best you should also try 'Green Velvet' good song Lala Land and the Avalanches song Frontier Physchaitrist

Wish we could post some drive in pixs on this site but its not that easy, I am working on it but can email you some direct if you like
till next time Ciao
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« Reply #5 on: Feb 7th, 2006, 7:52pm »

This is a normal aussie burger.

This is a Millenum BUrger.

This is a aussie "Mongrel Pig Dog."

This is a a cup-a- hot chips.


Ok I hope this explains the food side.
This is a Holder 2005/2006 Monaro Car.

This is a Commodore Sport Sedan.


Ron my mate Frank has asked me to post the cars as well to show you what real men drive we leave the Fords for women to drive over here.

Cheers.
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« Reply #6 on: Feb 8th, 2006, 08:39am »

Wow, those burgers look good, you're making me hungry. Hmmm, "Mongrel" pig dog? I'n not sure about that one, please tell me its not dog meat. I tend to stick to cows, chickens and pigs lol.

We're hoping AC/DC tours this year over here, for those about to rock, we salute you.

Send me some drive-in pics, and I''ll post them here!

I guess the Ford vs Chevy (Holden) battle knows no boundaries. Your girlie Holden Monaro is a Pontiac GTO over here, the Cavalier-like styling isn't very popular.

Here's MY "womanly" Fords...........





and here's some more womanly Fords.........





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Re: Stardust Drive-In in the news?!
« Reply #7 on: Mar 16th, 2006, 01:14am »

It's great you guys found the site, It's good to hear about the success of drive-ins on the other side of the world. I admire you both for keeping the Stardust alive!
Your food does look really yummy, I am dying to kick start my drive-in year with lots of awesome snack bar food. There ain't anything else like it! And like Ron, I sure like to eat too lol

Sweet looking cars Ron! I gotta get you some better pics of that "female" black 2005 Mustang with racing stripes if I can track it down lol! I still say that 13-24 drive-in has one of the most beautiful marquees I've ever seen (Though there are, and have been some other seriously breath taking marquees) All the best!

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« Reply #8 on: Mar 25th, 2006, 5:44pm »

The Stardust in Queensland, Australia - very cool drive-in! (more pics at http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/australian/qld_ayr.htm) That's Frank Jerkic, the Stardust owner in the proj booth. Thanks for sending the photos Frank!






























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« Reply #9 on: Mar 25th, 2006, 5:45pm »

The Stardust in Queensland, Australia - very cool drive-in! (more pics at http://www.drive-insdownunder.com.au/australian/qld_ayr.htm) That's Frank Jerkic, the Stardust owner in the proj booth. Thanks for sending the photos Frank!






























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« Reply #10 on: Apr 13th, 2010, 03:45am »

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1213582402&ref=profile#!/pages/Ayr-Australia/Starrdust-Drive-In-Movies/136098875621?ref=ts
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 25th, 2010, 12:02am »

MOVIES under the stars will be back at the Stardust Drive-in this weekend after major repairs to the big screen.
Now holding the record for the oldest continuous running drive-in in Queensland, the Stardust's screen was damaged in a recent freak storm.
Owner Frank Jerkic and his wife, Suzie said the storm whipped through and took sheets off the 40 feet x 82 feet (12m x 25m) screen, causing a three-week closure.
``The screen received major damaged during Cyclone Aivu in '89 and the same areas were damaged again _ we've had trouble getting someone to repair it, but we're hoping to replace the damaged spots with custom orb and movies will be back on again this weekend,'' Mr Jerkic said.
Ayr's pyjama-clad children of the 1960s can remember watching the likes of ``Bedknobs and Broomsticks'' and ``Chitty, Chitty Bang Bang'' and locals can attest to line-ups of vehicles back to Don West Toyota when ``ET'' came out in the early 1980s.
Built by Reg Hunt, the Stardust Drive-in opened in September, 1964.
The first advertised movies (The Advocate, September 9, 1964) were ``North West Frontier'' starring Kenneth Moore and Lauren Bacall along with ``The Battle of the Sexes'' featuring Peter Sellers. The drive-in also advertised free pony rides, midget cars and merry-go-round rides for the kids.
``Reg Hunt sold it to Birch Carol and Coyle, who then leased it to the three Stanley brothers and their wives _ Les and Claire, Bob and Joan, Pem and Dot.
``In the early '70s when the Stardust was put up for sale, Bob and Del O'Shea (Bob Stanley's daughter), along with Ron and Pam Smith (Pem and and Dot's daughter) bought the business until they sold it to us in 1989,'' Mr Jerkic said.
Queensland once had 55 drive-ins, however, apart from the Stardust, only five others remain open today _
Yatala, the only operating drive-in in south-east Queensland, opened in 1969 and has a 375-car capacity and Charters Towers' Tors Drive-in opened in 1966 and has a 300-car capacity;
Jericho in central Queensland opened in 1969;
Mareeba Drive-in opened in the 1960s, however it closed in 1998, before re-opening in 2002; and
Wonga Drive-in, opened in 1992 and has a two-screen 250 capacity.
``Even when Aivu hit, we had everything repaired straight away and ``Dirty Dancing'' still screened,'' Mr Jerkic said.
The Stardust Drive-in has a 360-car capacity with the one big original 1964 screen, along with the indoors Galaxy Cinema.
``The projection equipment in the drive-in box is Kalee 21 projectors, with Strong X 60 D lamphouses running 4000 watt xenon lamps.
``We have carloads who come regularly from Townsville and Bowen, and our tourists rave about it _ many from countries like Norway have never experienced a drive-in and they just love it.''
Many of the original speakers have been ``souvenired'' by those who have ``forgotten'' to unclip them from their cars before leaving for home and blasts of car horns (when the old film reel broke or became jammed) have also been eliminated with new digital technology.
``We still have some of the old speakers, but you can now tune in via your car radio and, of course, the old film reels are gone, which makes things easier,'' he said.
A popular drawcard with the tourists and those still looking for a cheap and unique form of family entertainment, Mr Jerkic said the Stardust was a nostalgic piece of Ayr and Queensland's history.
``Many locals have forgotten about the drive-in, however, when they come along, it takes them back in time and they start reminiscing _ it's been a part of Ayr for the past 46 years and we plan on keeping it open for many generations to come.''


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