Remember Saturday night at the movies?

From the Enoggera and Districts Historical Society

Crystal Cinema, Windsor. 1920-1999

Nowadays, most of us in the community view new movie releases at large ‘concrete and steel’ multiplexes, or by downloading via the internet or the variety of streaming services on offer.

But there was a time when small suburban cinemas and larger drive-in theatres were dotted throughout Brisbane’s suburbs – becoming THE place to be to enjoy a great flick.

Who out there remembers the wonderful Gaythorne Cinema? It started as The Civic Theatre in the 1938 and continued showing films up until its final day on 4 February 2004. What about the Mitchelton Picture Theatre in Osborne Road? It’s now the site of a pet supplies business. It was started in the 1920s by the Nugent family, before becoming a roller skating rink from 1959 to 1983. 

The old Gaythorne Cinema

And of course, everyone would have a memory of the Keperra Drive-in, located where the Kings Park housing estate now is off Settlement Road. The drive-in ran from 1966 to 1998.

And what about the iconic Crystal Cinema at Windsor? It ran from 1920 to 1999. Who else out there saw ‘The Gods must be Crazy’ here during the 1990s? The Crystal showed the film a record 1,467 times!!

The Enoggera and Districts Historical Society would love to hear people’s memories of the north western suburb’s cinemas and drive-ins from years gone by. Visit our Facebook page or email to post a photo and a comment.

Take care, everyone.

Andrew McMicking


Keperra Drive In

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