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Mackay Westline

Opened: 20th November, 1978Location: Horse & Jockey Road, MackayCapacity: 552 CarsScreens: OneOperator: Birch, Carroll & CoyleClosed: March 1996 The Westline drive-in theatre was really a mistake from the beginning. Its sister drive-in, The Grove, was running very well to strong business.…

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Ayr Stardust

Ayr Stardust Opened: September 1964Location: Kilrie Road, AyrCapacity: 360 CarsScreens: One (plus one)Operator: Frank JerkicClosed: Open Ayr is a town with around 10,000 people but still proudly is home to the Stardust drive-in. Just off the Bruce Hwy it is a…

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Wantirna Hoyts

Opened: 22nd August 1968Location: Cnr Mountain Hwy and Boronia Road, WantirnaCapacity: 906 Cars (one screen)Screens: One, later twoOperator: Hoyts SkylineClosed: 1984 One of the last Hoyts drive-ins built and one of the best. Unlike Bulleen and Altona, Wantirna was a success…

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Traralgon Village

Opened: 1965Location: Princes Hwy, Btwn Traralgon and MorwellCapacity: 686 CarsScreens: OneOperator: Village Drive-in Pty LtdClosed: May 1990 Traralgon drive-in was located part way between Morwell and Traralgon on the Princes Hwy. Although clearly outside of the built up areas of either…

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Preston Northland, Olympic, Big Six, Village

Northland/Olympic Twin Village Opened: 1964Location: Murray Road, PrestonCapacity: 1330 CarsScreens: TwoOperator: Murray Bell Holdings Pty Ltd/VillageClosed: 1987 Few drive-ins evoke the passion like the Northland Twin. Many industry figures of today seemed to have worked at Northland at some stage during…

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Moe Fairsky

Opened: 1964Location: Moe, VictoriaCapacity: 500Screens: OneOperator: Connelly, Donnelly & FlynnClosed: 1998 The Fairsky certainly was a survivor, but alas it is no more. Rex Donnelly finally called it a day in 1998 when heart trouble forced him to sell the drive-in…

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Dromana, Peninsula

Opened: 1961Location: Nepean Hwy, Dromana/Mornington Penninsula FwyCapacity: 485 Cars (original)Screens: Three, four in SummerOperator: Peninsula Drive-in Pty LtdClosed: Open all year Dromana is one of three drive-ins still operating in the state of Victoria. Built by Lloyd Whitaker and for…

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Dandenong Lunar, Village, Panoramic

Opened: Friday May 4 1956Location: 115 South Gippsland Hwy, Dandenong, VictoriaCapacity: 950Screens: Four Operator: Lunar Drive-in Theatre Dandenong Pty LtdClosed: 1984 Re-opened 19 September 2002 The Lunar Dandenong drive-in is Australia’s largest drive-in theatre and second oldest still in operation. All four…

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Village Croydon

Village Croydon Opened: 1955Location: Whitehorse Road CroydonCapacity: 800 CarsScreens: One, later twoOperator: Village drive-in Croydon Pty LtdClosed: 1990 The first theatre in the Village circuit to be named Village (the indoor theatres owned by the company at that time were called…

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Colac Shandon, Village

Colac Shandon Opened: Location: Capacity: 408 CarsScreens: OneOperator: Shandon Drive-in Theatres (Colac) Pty LtdClosed: 1984 The Shandon replaced the Regent Theatre in the main street as the place to see films in Colac. A lumber yard has slowly but surely demolished…

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