Hamilton Village

Opened: 1950's?
Location: Hamilton, Victoria
Capacity: 500 Cars
Screens: One
Operator: Village Drive-in Hamilton Pty Ltd, Kenrick
Closed: mid 1980's

Brief history:
Another Village country drive-in. Hoyts had a country circuit in Victoria and NSW that had seen better days by the 1960's but was still for the most part quietly profitable. Village used drive-ins as the leverage to gain a foothold in these regional areas and by the 1970's had a strong presence. By this time Hoyts were selling drive-ins and closing hardtop theatres in locations where they had held sway for decades.

Hamilton had a good size screen and neat modern snack bar/projection booth building. Kenrick Drive-ins took over after Village and ran the drive-in as part of their circuit for some time. After closure the screen stood for many years until finally making way for a works depot.

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