Geelong Village - Bell Post Hill

Opened: 1950's
Location: Ballarat Road, Bell Post Hill Geelong
Capacity: 640 Cars
Screens: One
Operator: Village Drive-in Pty Ltd
Closed: 1994?

Brief history:
Poor old Geelong drive-in, you knew it was not one of the fleet leaders when a Village drive-in was not upgraded to Cine-fi sound! Never the prettiest drive-in, it was honest and a good solid crowd puller, in fact I suspect requirements for major maintenance expenditure was more the reason for closure than poor business. The last evening I attended this location one early Summer evening in 1990, the place was packed. Geelong always was a good drive-in market and the population supported two locations for the best part of 30 years. A projector upgrade? to Century's in 1981 caused problems and eventually one of the machines siezed! this was serious stuff in a projection room. Century went through a bad patch at that time as their machines manufactured before that time and subsequently have been almost bullet proof. (I know these references to projection equipment may bore some of you, but believe me there are buffs that go crazy just at the mention of a projector.)

Not much left when I arrived with my camera shortly after closure, but there WAS a drive-in in this very place, believe me officer, it was here only 2 weeks ago!


You don't have to guess where this photo was taken from! Geelong drive-in snack bar/projection building with the ticket box visible in the upper right.


The top of a drive-in screen can be a scary place to be, even in the slightest breeze.


Brady speakers hang on the posts at Geelong drive-in as dusk approaches.


Typical RCA-type construction at Geelong drive-in.


Kalee 21 projectors with Strong Futura II carbon arc lamphouses.


Maintenance time! Clean out the buts and ash from the lamphouse and use the toothbrush and rag on the Kalee. Thread up, and then on with the show!

Special thanks to Mirek Spacil, former Geelong drive-in projectionist, for the photos used here. Taken circa 1974.

 

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