Open Air Pictures

The Esplanade,
Dampier, WA 6713

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Open Air Pictures

The Open Air Pictures in Dampier first opened in(1963-1965?) behind Poon’s mess(now the Sea Scouts). A new Open Air Pictures venue opened on The Esplanade(between the car park and the beach, just north of the boat ramp). Some cars could drive up close to the back fence(behind the outdoor chairs), and receive the sound on their car radios, tuned to a low frequency, but cars further back could not do this. The screen was at the west end of the site, backing onto the sand-hills.

The Open Air Pictures closed in 1982 after a cyclone devastated the screen. The building that housed the concession area and the toilets is still standing there in a sea of decaying bitumen.

Contributed by David Coppock
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