Starline Drive-In

Tapleys Hill Road and Meakin Terrace,
Seaton, SA 5023

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Previous Names: Shandon Drive-In, Seaton Park Drive-In

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Starline Drive-In

Seaton Park Drive-In opened on 4th July 1956 with Jane Wyman in “All That Heaven Allows” & Jeff Chandler in “Yankee Buccaneer”. It had a capacity for 1,030 cars and 150 seats for walk-in patrons. By 1981 it was known as the Starline Drive-In. It was closed on 27th February 1985.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on September 12, 2016 at 1:00 am

Possibly also called Shandon Drive-in?

davidcoppock on September 12, 2016 at 1:17 am

South west corner of Tapleys Hill Road and Meakin Terrace.

davidcoppock on June 8, 2018 at 4:18 am

Opened on 4/7/1956 with “All that Heavan allows”(7.30pm), and “Yankee Buccaneer” Closed on 27/2/1985. There was a motel(name unknown?) next door where the rooms could view the movies and tune into the sound as well. The drive-in has been demolished(date unknown?). Unknown if tne motel is still there?

MichaelKilgore on February 8, 2020 at 7:22 am

The April 1, 1959 issue (the 1959 Theatre Catalog edition) of Motion Picture Exhibitor ran a two-page story on the Shandon Drive-In and Hotel-Motel at Seaton. It was apparently the first drive-in with an adjoining motel with rooms wired for movie sound – I wonder whether the later US drive-in motels took any inspiration from that article.

According to Motion Picture Exhibitor, the Shandon-Seaton held 1,003 cars and had a 100x44-foot screen and a dining patio.

davidcoppock on April 1, 2020 at 7:55 am

The drive-in has been demolished(date unknown?). The site is now houses. Unknown if the motel is still there?

kennerado on April 2, 2020 at 6:14 pm

I’d say the Links Hotel is the Hotel with renovations done, the shape is pretty much the same as in the render/drawing and there’s still a petrol station next door just like in the drawing. So yes, the hotel/motel is still there now called the Links Hotel.

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 12:31 am

The hotel(then called Shandon Hotel) had two of its rooms fitted with plate glass windows and speakers to watch and hear the movies from the rooms.

davidcoppock on October 31, 2020 at 12:35 am

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

davidcoppock on November 1, 2020 at 1:51 am

Shandon Hotel/Motel is now called Links Hotel.

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