Dromana 3 Drive-In
The Dromana Drive In is the perfect place to take in a film and enjoy the nostalhia of a Classic 60's Drive-In. The original 1961 screen is the earliest remaining in Victoria, still in use to this day.
The Dromana Drive-In also features Shel's Diner, which is modelled on the authentic 50's style American Diner and inspired by "Mels Diner"in Universal Studios California with wonderful 'back seat' bench seats in the booths and black & white tiles wrapped around the walls.
National Trust Listed
The Dromana Drive-in is historically and socially significant as one of only three drive-ins in Victoria to survive intact and still operating out of the 60 that once existed. These three, in Coburg, Dandenong, and Dromana, are the last remnants of a once extremely popular cultural phenomenon, one that appears to have had a real impact only in the US, Canada and Australia. The Dromana Drive-In is the only one of the three never to have closed.
Inspired by American cultural trends, drive-ins, like motels, were a new type of private or domestic space, a mobile extension of the family living room, and characterized a trend in personal behaviour to be less formal and inhibited in public spaces.
They grew out of the extraordinary popularity and increasing affordability of cars, and provided a novel and easy form of entertainment. They catered to a wide range of audiences, allowing a whole family with young children the convenience of staying in their car, for teenagers to socialize apart from their parents, and especially for young adults who were attracted to particular film genres and the intimate private space provided by the car.
The neon sign is unique as the only original such signage to remain of all the drive-ins, and is a relatively early survivor amongst neon signs.
❊ Address & Contact ❊
⊜ 113 Nepean Highway Dromana | Map
✆ 03 5931 0022
❊ Web Links ❊
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