Starlight Drive-In

20 Federal Highway,
Watson, ACT 2802

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Previously operated by: Greater Union Theatres

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Starlight Drive-In

Located in Watson to the north of Canberra. The Starlight Drive-In opened on 2nd January 1957 with a capacity for 48 cars. It was later twinned and the capacities were 353 & 594 cars. It was closed in 1993. The site has been cleared(date unknown), except for the sign which stood until 2012 when damaged in a storm, and was taken away to be fixed and replaced in the same place. The rest of the site is now Starlight Apartments.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on August 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

The entrance(and exit?) Road for the Starlight Apartments nay be tne original entrance(and/or exit road of the Starlight Drive-in?

davidcoppock on June 8, 2018 at 4:53 pm

Opened on 2/1/1957 with 480 cars. A second screen was added in November 1982. Screen 1 then had 353 cars, and screen 2 had 594 cars.

davidcoppock on July 22, 2021 at 5:16 pm

Exhibitor was George Kimlin - Canberra Enterprises P/L / Greater Union(1957 to 1987), C. Ryman(1988 to 1993). Also known as Canberra Starlight Twin Drive-in.

davidcoppock on June 19, 2022 at 4:34 pm

The sign was restored without it’s 2 title boxes(marquee) below the sign. The sign has been heritage listed.

davidcoppock on November 24, 2022 at 7:30 am

This drive-in’s marquee sign was the first neon sign in Canberra.

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