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Published October 18th 2015
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In 1933 when Richard Milton Hollingshead Jr came up with the idea for the drive-in theatre, there was a great disturbance in the force of movie goers. Millions of people cried out that he was onto a winner! Since then he has became the saviour to all parents looking for something in-expensive for the whole family to do. Parents can have a date night in the front seat and the kids get a fun night out in the back. Couples who are working on their "night moves", those on first dates, smokers and people who crinkle their chip packets could now do it all in the comfort and privacy of their own car.
In Melbourne there are three main drive-ins that all have something unique about them.
The Lunar Drive-in: This is a great place to go. Located at 115 South Gippsland Highway in Dandenong, they have been around since 1956 and have four screens. They are open every night. It's $30 per carload (cheap nights are $25 Mon-Wed per car). Single tickets are cheapest on Tuesday for $10. Rest of the week single tickets are adults at $13/kids $9. The cafe is well priced and sells hot food such as hamburgers, chips, popcorn and really naughty hot jam donuts. In the cafe they have free arcade machines – yes free! If you don't want to eat in your car there is an outdoor seating area. For more info check out the website at www.lunardrive-in.com.au/
Dromana 3 Drive-in: Located on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway, about 15 minutes drive from Frankston at 133 Nepean Highway, Dromana. They are open Thursday - Sunday. Cost is $17 per adult, Concession $15, kids ages 4-12 $11. Shel's Diner inside the drive-in offers hot food sourced from local ingredients and is a 1950's style diner complete with jukebox, movie memorabilia and booths. They are having a Halloween special on October 31st with best dressed prizes, Madam Bovary readings and much more. For more info check out the website at drivein.net.au/
Village Cinemas – Coburg Drive-in: Located at 155 Newlands Road, Coburg North. They are open every night. Cost varies depending on day. Monday prices are Adults $10 / Kids $7.50. Tuesday Adults $13 / Kids $13. Wednesday – Sunday Adults $18.50/ Kids $15. They have a cafe on site and sometimes have food trucks. A food truck festival will be happening on October 21st and 22nd. Details on this can be found on the link villagecinemas.com.au/events/food-truck-festival. For more info session times check out the website at villagecinemas.com.au/sessions
Fun Fact: In 1951, you wouldn't have had to leave your aeroplane at home. You could have flown to the drive-in and parked in the aeroplane section to enjoy your movie from the comfort of your craft.
I had no idea the Dandenong Drive-In was still operating and I didn;t know there was one in Coburg. My husband and I weere travellinglast year and came across a drive-in in Coober Pedy. You didn't even need a car, they had the old vinyl kitchen table seats lined up for folks to use. Very unique and just the sort of thing you find in the outback.