Lunar Drive-In

115 South Gippsland Highway,
Melbourne, VIC 3175

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Lunar Drive-In

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Located in the south-east Melbourne suburb of Dandendong. The Lunar Drive-In opened on May 4, 1956 as the Dandenong Panoramic Drive-In. In 1984 this drive-in closed and the property was used as a flea market.

After being re-built this drive-in re-opened on September 19, 2002 as a twin screen drive-in. The re-opening films were “Austin Powers in Goldmember”, “Lilo and Stitch” and “Stuart Little 2”. One year later, on 3rd September 2003, a third screen was added. The Lunar Drive-In has a capacity for 950 cars. Around 2011 it was a four screen theatre.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on August 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm

This from BILL BARKLEY. The Lunar Drive-in is owned by David Kilderry.It has Three screens. It reopened in 2002 after being closed since April 1984.The booth has one CENTURY and two PHILIPS DP70 {35,70MM }Projectors each with a 5000 -watt Xenon lamp illumination.The three 35mm double feature programs are each held on a single plate of the Platter system. Bill added most folks don’t know this but it first opened in 1956 as the single screen PANORAMIC DRIVE-In and in 1963 it was called the VIllAGE Drive-in until it closed in 1984. Bill said" IT is the only remaining drive-in theatres in the Melbourne area.“ David Kilderry is always open to talk about old drive-ins in the area and of course his LUNAR Drive-In Theatre. Thanks Bill for giving me this to add to Cinema Treasures,one day you are going to have to get on line.Yes,I have photos of the screen,The booth and the Drive-in,but I have no equipment to get them on sorry guys.

davidcoppock on November 30, 2016 at 12:42 am

There are two other operating drive-in theatres in the Melbourne area, Coburg Drive-in, and Dromana Drive-in.

davidcoppock on February 5, 2018 at 11:29 pm

Screen 1 in the above photo looks a bit low down for a drive-in screen i think?

paulpriceisboss on March 3, 2018 at 12:36 pm

This place has 4 screens

paulpriceisboss on March 3, 2018 at 5:10 pm

It opened its 4th screen around 2011

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