Dubbo Westview

Opened: 1970
Location: Mitchell Hwy, Dubbo
Capacity: 550 Cars
Screens: One
Operator: Rex Bartel, Westview P/L
Closed: June 1984

Brief history:
If you grew up reading comics like I did, then you would know Dubbo. How? The back page of almost every comic had an advertisement for the "Seven Seas Stamps Company of Dubbo". Send in the coupon just once stamps (and invoices) started appearing in your letterbox for life! The Westview just outside of Dubbo was "placed in mothballs" by manager Rex Bartell in June 1984. He expected it re-open by the end of the year. Well in 2000 it is still in mothballs and we are still waiting for it to re-open! Closed in the year that closed more drive-ins than any other its once large audience had dwindled to about 30 cars per night. Whilst run down, it was all still standing when these photos were taken in June 1999. Guard dogs roam the ramps so don't get too close.


Readable, but only just.


The ticket box is located at the rear of the property and today looks out to the local prison.


Barbed wire fence, guard dogs and rows of cactus, think they are trying to tell us something?

Do you have information or photos of the Westview drive-in? Please email Buddy.

 

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