Issue 11
Monday, 04 July 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
Territory FM presenters Steve “Hoops” Hooper (centre) and Matt Bern with promotions coordinator Sandra Smith
Territory FM presenters Steve “Hoops” Hooper (centre) and Matt Bern with promotions coordinator Sandra Smith

Territory FM revives retro drive-in cinema

By Katie Weiss

For the first time in more than 30 years, carloads of Darwin residents will be transported back in time to experience the retro wonders of a drive-in cinema.

The 104.1 Territory FM radio team will transform the Hidden Valley Racecourse into a drive-in cinema tonight (July 4) for its audience to sit back and watch a movie.

The movie Life of Pi will be screened at the event along with a reel of vintage footage that was once played at drive-ins.

Territory FM acting station manager Matt Bern said the last time Darwin saw a drive-in cinema was about 1985 at Nightcliff.

Mr Bern said listeners could watch the movie on a high-tech LED screen and hear the sound by tuning into a radio frequency through their car stereos.

“We wanted to recreate that memory for listeners and also give their children a chance to experience the many joys of a drive-in cinema,” he said.

The station held an on-air competition for the tickets during the lead up to Territory Day, which ended on the weekend. The competition received support from a TIO Territory Day community grant and from station sponsor Harvey Norman Furniture.

Earlier this year, Territory FM celebrated 35 years on Top End airwaves.