Village Essendon Drive-In

Bulla Road and Melrose Drive,
Melbourne, VIC 3043

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Previously operated by: Village Theatres

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Village Essendon Drive-In  Bulla Road and Melrose Drive, Melbourne, VIC  - Opening night, March 14, 1956

After opening of the Village Croydon on 14th January 1955 with Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday”, Roc Kirby rapidly expanded Village Drive-In Theatres with the circuit opening in the Melbourne suburbs of Rowville on 12th July 1956, and then across town with the Village Drive-In Essendon, which opened on 14th March 1956 with a 600-car capacity. The debut programme at Essendon was “The Bridges at Toko-Ri” starring William Holden, with all proceeds going to the 3DB Sporting Globe(Good Friday) Children’s Hospital Appeal. There were two session per night at 7:45pm & 9:55pm. The drive-in flourished in the early years until the advent of video tape in the late-1970’s. The Village Drive-In Essendon closed on 26th September 1984 and was ultimately demolished. The area now features housing estates, with streets names Forum, Paramount and the like.

Contributed by Greg Lynch

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davidcoppock on June 8, 2018 at 1:47 pm

Closed on 26/9/1984.

davidcoppock on May 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm

This might be the drive-in theatre in seen during a car chase in the movie “Alvin rides again”.

kennerado on May 2, 2021 at 2:44 am

no, that was actually the Frankston drive-in.

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