Model maker rekindles memories with scale replica of drive-in theatre

Kevin Bradney with the model drive-in theatre that will be on show at the model railway exhibition at the Claremont Showgrounds this weekend.

ARMADALE model railway enthusiast Kevin Bradney has taken a trip down memory lane to recreate a drive-in theatre, a popular entertainment venue for local residents in the 1970s and early 80s.

ARMADALE model railway enthusiast Kevin Bradney has taken a trip down memory lane to recreate a drive-in theatre, a popular entertainment venue for local residents in the 1970s and early 80s.

Mr Bradney has built a scale model drive-in theatre, based on three different locations, including the Daleline which was open for 18 years.

He said he decided to make the model after reminiscing about regular family visits to the drive-in. His uncle was a projectionist at the Blacktown Sklyine drive-in in New South Wales.

“For many years I have always wanted to do a scale model of a drive-in,” he said.

“It evolved into being part of Daleline, the Galaxy drive-in in Kingsley and the Blacktown Skyline.”

The Daleline drive-in operated from 1966 to 1984 and was on Forrest Road, next to Gwynne Park. The site is now home to the Congregational Church and Dale Christian School.

Both the Galaxy and Blacktown Skyline drive-ins are still open today.

Mr Bradney said going to the drive-in and watching movies on huge screens was an event that the whole family enjoyed.

Towards the end of their heyday, many drive-ins had two screens and FM quality radio sound systems that patrons could tune into on their car radios.

The 50cm by 90cm scale model features a computer tablet simulating a movie screen, scale model cars from the era and a projection and café building.

It also features a night sky, with several well-known star constellations strategically located over the screen and projection building.

The model will be on show at this weekend’s Australian Model Railway Association of WA annual exhibition at the Claremont Showgrounds.

Mr Bradney has been making model trains since about 1985 and decided to go for something different this year.

He has also produced a youtube video providing more details about his drive-in model.

Kevin Bradney with the model drive-in theatre that will be on show at the model railway exhibition at the Claremont Showgrounds this weekend.