Drive-In Cinema | Melbourne
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 became the first of more than 330 drive-ins that were built across Australia and changed the way Australians saw movies forever.
In 1966, there were 19 drive-ins cinemas in Greater Melbourne to a peak of 60 throughout Victoria. Not that they were everyone's cup of tea, but for thousands of Melburnian's they remain a fond nostalgia memory.
For more information on drive-ins, you wont find a better web site than Drive-ins Downunder, a tribute to the drive-in theaters of Australia and the world.
Drive-Ins have been replaced by roof top cinemas and open air cinemas operating in the summer months including the Moonlight Cinema at the Botanical Gardens.
Melbourne has 3 surviving drive-in cinemas at Coburg, Dromana and Dandenong which is the largest drive-in theatre in the Southern Hemisphere. Coburg has the widest screens in the Southern Hemisphere.
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