On February 18 1954, an advertisement appeared in the Melbourne Sun; "Opening tonight at 6:30 Australia's first drive-in theater". The Skyline in Burwood, a Melbourne suburb, became the first of more than 330 drive-ins that were built across Australia and changed the way Australians saw movies forever.
Welcome to the Drive-ins Downunder web site - a tribute to the drive-in theaters of Australia and the world.
Thanks for visiting the home of Drive-ins in Australia. The Cinema & Theatre Historical Society have recently published a special,edition magazine on Hoyts to celebrate its 100 Years; Hoyts 100: The Legacy of Arthur Russell. What does a dentist have to do with Hoyts and drive-ins in Australia? Buy a copy from the CATHS site CATHS site and you can find out. The first few print runs have sold out so don't miss out on your copy
Australia's largest drive-in, the Lunar Dandenong in Melbourne has been experiencing solid crowds all year, so if you love drive-ins and live nearby, come and visit soon. For all of the session details seewww.lunardrive-in.com.au Add it to your favourites right away. The Wonga 3 screen Drive-in in QLD remains closed at present, looking for another owner to bring it back to life.
I do appreciate your updates even if I don't always immediately get around to making the changes on the site. The Tors Drive-in in Charters Towers QLD has added another screen to make it a twin, if you are in this part of the world be sure to visit this classic drive-in theatre.
If you want to create your own drive-in at home in the yard check out Super 8 Centre. It sells the last of the old Australian drive-in speakers. These were once common, but when these are gone that is it.
I am always interested in buying old film collections in 8mm, Super 8, 9.5mm, 16mm and 35mm. I also collect Film Weekly Annuals and Motion Picture Catalogs from the US. Let me know what you have email
Visit your local drive-in soon........and often.
David Kilderry Spring 2011
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