Port Pirie Drive-In

Senate Road,
Risdon Park, SA 5440

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Previously operated by: Greater Union Theatres

Previous Names: Shandon Drive-In, Flinders Drive-In

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Flinders Drive-In  Port Pirie, SA - The Last Picture Show  - March 26 1984.

South Australia’s first country drive-in opened as the Shandon Drive-In in September 1957, in Port Pirie (today renamed Risdon Park). In 1965 it was re-named Flinders Drive-In. Finally being renamed Port Pirie Drive-In, it was closed on 26th March 1984 with Jacqueline Bisset in “Class” & Michael McKean in “Young Doctors in Love”. It was sold in August 1984 and housing has been built on the site.

Projectionist John Richmond worked at the theatre from its opening to closing. On opening night, as was usual in those day the performance would end with a short piece of film of Queen Elizabeth II with the soundtrack of the National Anthem “God Save the Queen”. That very same short piece of film was still in use on closing night.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on September 11, 2016 at 5:38 am

The drive-in may have benn demolished?

davidcoppock on June 8, 2018 at 2:42 am

Closed 26/3/1984. Also called Flinders Drive-in. There is a video of the last night of operation on the S.A. drive-ins & cinemas Facebook page. Tne drive-in has been demolished. What is there now(if anything?) is unknown?

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 12:37 am

This drive-in had its own newspaper called the Shandon News.

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 12:55 am

Closed on 26/3/1984 with “Class” and “Young doctors in love”.

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 1:05 am

The site might now be housing?

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 1:15 am

Possibly located in the southern end of Port Pirie?

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 1:24 am

Operated by Greater Union.

davidcoppock on November 1, 2020 at 1:03 am

Opened as Shandon Drive-in. Name changed to Flinders Drive-in in 1965.

kennerado on June 11, 2022 at 2:19 am

It was located on Senate Road in what is now known as Risdon Park. Its now a housing estate.

davidcoppock on June 11, 2022 at 7:51 am

Sold in August 1984 for $52000 dollars(Australian).

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