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“Make a Memory at Dromana 3 Drive In”… going to the movies is so much more than just a movie, it’s an experience! Relive a memory or make new ones with family & friends”.
Dromana Drive-In opened as the ‘Peninsula Drive-In’, in 1962 with a single screen and parking available for 500 cars.
It was built by the Whitaker family who continue to operate the drive-in to this day, proudly independent, 100% Australian. A second screen, which came from the Hoyt’s Altona drive-in, was added in 1992. A third screen was constructed new in 2002, followed by a fourth screen in 2014, the Deckchair Cinema.
Dromana Drive-In features ‘Shel’s Diner’, which is modeled on the authentic 50’s style American Diner and inspired by ‘Mel’s Diner’ in the USA. Shel’s Diner is a unique feature to the Drive In, and is exclusive to patrons, the ‘back-seat’ benches, black & white floor tiles, movie memorabilia, jukebox……where you will find the classic Burgers & Fries… Milkshakes, Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream and so much more! Movie memorabilia galore; take a ‘selfie’ with a Hollywood Icon as well as find exclusive merchandise for sale!
Dromana Drive-in is historically and socially significant as one of only three drive-ins in Victoria to survive intact and still operating out of the 60 that once existed, the last remnants of a once extremely popular cultural phenomenon, one that appears to have had a real impact only in the US, Canada and Australia.
Inspired by American cultural trends, drive-ins were a new type of private or domestic space, a mobile extension of the family living room, and characterized a trend in personal behavior to be less formal and inhibited in public spaces.
They grew out of the extraordinary popularity and increasing affordability of cars, and provided a novel and easy form of entertainment. They catered to a wide range of audiences, allowing a whole family with young children the convenience of staying in their car, for teenagers to socialize apart from their parents, and especially for young adults
who were attracted to particular film genres and the intimate private space provided by the car.
Dromana Drive In is located at Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula, a popular destination for tourists and locals, all year round. We have an Adventure Playground for kids to expend energy on before the movie
It is Heritage Victoria as well as National Trust Listed. http://vhd.heritagecouncil.vic.gov.au/places/71595
Credit Card facilities- VISA & Mastercard, EFTPOS