Hoyts Wantirna Drive-In

Mountain Highway and Boronia Road,
Melbourne, VIC 3152

906 cars

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Hoyts Wantirna Drive-In

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Located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. The Hoyts Wantirna Drive-In was one of the last of Hoyts drive-in theatres to open. It opened on 22nd August 1968 with Rex Harrison in "Doctor Dolittle". It had a capacity for 658 cars and was initially a single screen theatre.

Designed by Peter Muller of the architectural firm Peter Muller, a notable feature was the projection box located on top of the concession building. The Hoyts Wantirna Drive-In was very successful and a second screen was added in mid-1983 which had its own seperate projection box. There was additional space for the cars, making a 906 car capacity.

Te Hoyts Wantirna Drive-In was closed in 1984, and became a swap meet, which still operates from the site today.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on April 6, 2016 at 5:23 am

The ramps(and entrance/exit roads?),and ticket booth, and Concession building and projection building(original building on top of concession building) is still there! unknown if the second projection building(for the second screen) is still there? The screens and speaker posts(and speakers) are gone? The drive-in site has a local heritage listing? The drive-in site was originally an orchard(unknown what was grown there?), the orchardist(name unknown?) remained in his on the drive-in property as a caretaker until after the drive-in closed, his house was demolished after he died(sometime in the 1990’s or 2000’s?).

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