Murray Bridge Riverview
Location: Swanport road, Murray Bridge
Capacity: 320 Cars
Operator: Roy Dennison/Colin Kennet & family
Closed: Closed February 5 2005 after 46 years!
The poor old Riverview will soon be housing. Even Murray Bridge is victim to ever increasing land values. After a nostalgia screening the lights finally went dark on another drive-in. If you don't want your local to be next, visit it soon! What follows was written in 2000.............The Riverview drive-in is now known as the Murray Bridge drive-in. It is operated by the Kennet family who also run the Cameo twin cinema in Murray Bridge. It was purchased several years ago from Roy Dennison who operated it for most of its life.
On the left of the screen can be seen the replacement pannels added after the last wind storm blew down a part of the screen.
The Kennets have transformed this drive-in from a summer only venue into an all year round venture. It has been restored and upgraded with new equipment and is a credit to the operators. If you leave the freeway and venture in to Murray Bridge on your way to Adelaide, you will see the giant screen glistening in the sun purched high on the hill. This high vantage point has its advantages for patrons trying to locate it, but the downside is it catches a lot of wind, the screen has blown down more than once!
This is the very neat and clean entrance that awaits you at the Murray Bridge drive-in. The big white tractor tire says "lights out please" on the reverse side is "house full". I hope they have to swing it around often!
The drive-in is located in pleasant surrounds and is well supported by the local community and the local pidgeon community that inhabit the screen tower!
Mushroom down-lights are typical of those found at every drive-in in the world.
Once a common site at street corners in towns and cities all over the country, now very few screens remain standing.
The snack bar awaits hungry patrons. Photos Matthew Kilderry May 2000.
Taken from a long way up back in the 1960's today it surrounded by houses and schools.
Visit Murray Bridge drive-in on your next vist through to Adelaide and keep this drive-in going strong.