Nightcliff Drive-In

159 Dick Ward Drive,
Coconut Grove, NT 0810

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Previous Names: Paspalis Drive-In, Darwin Drive-In

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Nightcliff Drive-In

Located in the Coconut Grove district to the north of Darwin. The Nightcliff Drive-In opened in 1965 and closed in 1985. The Nightcliff Shopping Centre is now on the site.

Contributed by David Coppock

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elmorovivo on March 19, 2016 at 11:59 pm

The Paspalis {Nightcliff} Drive in theatre which was the largest privately owned one in Australia. The building in the centre comprised a projection room, milk bar, and toilets. In front of the building were kept deck chairs for patrons without cars. Trucks, buses and large vehicles used to park in the back and cars in front of them. The ticket office was midway between the gate and the projection building.

davidcoppock on March 21, 2016 at 5:47 am

The Nightcliff(Paspalis) Drive-in was in Nightcliff, not Paspalis.

davidcoppock on June 3, 2017 at 1:40 pm

Possibly in Nightcliff Road? Now a housing estate?

davidcoppock on March 15, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Address is Nightcliff Road, Coconut Grove(suburb of Darwin). Site is now Nightcliff Shopping Centre.

davidcoppock on March 15, 2018 at 11:33 pm

Screeen and fencing damaged by Cyclone Tracy on 25/12/1974. Rebuilt after(date of reopening unknown?).

davidcoppock on March 15, 2018 at 11:34 pm

Also called Darwin Drive-in.

davidcoppock on July 21, 2021 at 9:09 am

Reopening date(after Cyclone Tracy) was on 17/1/1975. Exhibitor was Michael Paspalis.

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