Bass Hill Drive-In

Johnston Road,
Sydney, NSW 2197

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Previously operated by: Birch, Carroll & Coyle, Greater Union Theatres

Previous Names: Skyline Drive-In

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Bass Hill Drive-In

Located at the corner of Arundal Road and Johnston Road. The Skyline Drive-In opened as a single screen drive-in on 13th November 1956 with an (Invite only) screening of “The Last Wagon” starring Richard Widmark. It was the first drive-in theatre to operate in New South Wales. It later became a twin with a capacity for 724 cars. The Bass Hill Drive-In was Australia’s oldest continually operating drive-in theatre.

It was operated by Greater Union/Birch, Carroll & Coyle who closed it on 31st October 2007 and it was immediately demolished. Housing has been built on the site.

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kencmcintyre on January 3, 2008 at 12:06 am

Here is another photo of the Bass Hill:

davidcoppock on March 23, 2016 at 6:51 am

The Bass Hill Drive-in was demolished(after trying to heritage list the site!) in October 2007. The site has been turned into a development site(housing estate?).

impalax327 on April 17, 2016 at 7:48 am

Bass Hill Drive-in in the early 80’s..ahh. P plates on the Monaro, girlfriend in the back seat etc etc. In its early days it had a playground down near the screen which even ran a small ride-on train. I can still smell the chips from the cafeteria now…

P on March 11, 2018 at 1:36 am

opened on the 14th of November

impalax327 on October 10, 2019 at 10:10 am

A bit more of Sydney’s Drive In’s can be found here

P on May 3, 2020 at 6:24 am

Eftpos was unavailable. However, tickets were available for purchase online.

kennerado on August 14, 2021 at 11:24 am

Opened with an invite-only screening of “The Last Wagon” on 13/11/56. Public opening was the next night, 14/11/56.

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