A highly anticipated drive-in cinema event that was set to go ahead in Launceston’s CBD has been cancelled due to windy conditions.
Organisers Steve Henty and Amanda Crawford had hired a 10-metre-high blow-up screen to place on the Vincent Street side of the Elizabeth Street car park.
The sell-out event was meant to begin at 6pm with a screening of the 2018 computer-animated film Peter Rabbit, followed by the 1986 David Bowie-starring classic Labyrinth.
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All those who bought tickets to the event will be refunded and given the first opportunity to again purchase tickets when a new date is set.
But Mr Henty said the organisers were “very devastated to have to cancel the event”.
“Unfortunately, with the blow-up screen, it’s got a legal limit on wind gusts,” he said. “And we exceeded those.”
“The forecast was for light winds but then today this front has come over.
“We tried to hold off until as late as possible to see if the wind was going to ease but, unfortunately, when we checked the weather it looked as though it was increasing during the night.
“With safety in mind, we had to deflate our screen and hence deflate our enthusiasm for the event.”
Mr Henty said he and Ms Crawford would be scouting alternative locations that were less exposed to the elements.
“We’re going to regroup, have a look at some other options,” he said. “We know that people want to come and watch it so we’re going to work out a way to make it happen and next time think about a solution to get out of the wind so we can go ahead regardless of the weather.”
Harvest Market has also made plans to hold drive-in cinema events in the Cimitiere Street car park.
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