Metro Twin Drive-In

355-357 Waterloo Road,
Sydney, NSW 2190

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Metro Twin Drive-In

Located in the Chullora district to the west of Sydney near the corner of Waterloo Road and Hume Highway. The Metro Twin Drive-In was built for and operated by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pty. Ltd and opened on 24th October 1956 with Chips Rafferty in “Walk Into Hell”.

It was taken over by Greater Union in 1971. The Metro Twin Drive-In was closed on 10th June 1979. It was demolished and Chullora Marketplace shopping centre was built on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davidcoppock
davidcoppock on February 12, 2017 at 5:31 am

According to the mini series Hoges(about Paul Hogan), his first wife(Noeline, i think?) worked at this drive-in, her job there unknown?

AnthonyTheKoala
AnthonyTheKoala on November 29, 2018 at 5:30 pm

I want to add to this discussion by mentioning that the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS)(Sydney) have an article and some more photos of the drive in at https://maas.museum/inside-the-collection/2016/02/09/remembering-australias-drive-ins/. Some of the commentary have a comprehensive discussion of the drive in. The person called Anthony, the first comment is Anthony. That’s me.

Another source about Chullora drive in is in the Sydney Morning Herald, archived at archive.org https://web.archive.org/web/20160213133540/https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19561023&id=-NRYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1uQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4546,1887794&hl=en or at https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1301&dat=19561023&id=-NRYAAAAIBAJ&sjid=1uQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4546,1887794&hl=en (remember to copy for first reference from “https” to “hl=en” and paste in browser and for the second reference copy from “https:” to “hl=en” and paste in browser.

In essence each screen measured 116 x 49 feet giving it an aspect ratio of 2.20:1.

In about 1979, I was a student in the Strathfield area. Our school participated in a walkathon. Part of the route was to walk along the Hume Highway in the direction of Brunker Rd. When walking past the intersection of Waterloo Rd and the Hume Highway, I noticed a large bonfire in the middle of field 1. The huge sign with “Metro Twin Drive In” said where normally the features were advertised, “this theatre is closed”. All left of the screen was a skeleton of steel tubing. Given that the screen sheeting was made of asbestos sheeting, one wonders if the workers demolishing the site took precautions in disassembling the screens. Note that the Skyline drive ins, their screen for example typically used at Bass Hill, North Ryde, Carringbah and Dundas were made of concrete.

Hope that adds a little to the picture of Chullora drive in,

Regards
Anthony

davidcoppock
davidcoppock on October 11, 2019 at 7:09 am

I think it was demolished about 2 years after it closed?

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