Skyline Drive-In

Old Hume Highway,
Wodonga, VIC 3690

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres

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Skyline Drive-In

Located on the southwest corner of Melrose Drive & Melbourne Road. The Skyline Drive-In opened in November 1956 with Spencer Tracy in “Broken Lance”. It had a snack bar under the screen. It was closed in 1984. The drive-in was demolished in 1987. The site is now a housing estate.

Contributed by David Coppock

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davidcoppock on March 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

First regional drive-in in Victoria. Claimed to be the only drive-in theatre with a restaurant(in Australia?), (name unknown?). Demolished in 1987.

davidcoppock on October 26, 2019 at 12:47 pm

Claimed to be the only drive-in theatre in Australia with a roadside restaurant?

film on January 1, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Wodonga Historical Society Inc
· October 26, 2018 ·

Wodonga Skyline Drive-in. Opened 1956, closed 1984. South-west corner of Melrose Drive and Melbourne Road. Hence the name Roadshow Drive. The Cumberland Argus, 28 Nov 1956 had the following report:

A drive-in theatre at Wodonga (Hume Highway), has a supporting structure of round poles for its gigantic screen. The screen is of hard-board on a timber frame, and is roughly 84 feet wide by do feet high. It is supported by six poles rising 65 feet clear of the ground, and braced by six shorter buttress poles. The poles, of a durable species, came from the north coast of N.S.W. The architects gave the following reasons for choosing the poles: —

(a) The poles give a ‘cleaner’ structure than a braced steel frame. (b) The cost of the structure was about 15 per cent, less than that of a steel frame. © Poles were available at a nearby depot at the time. The tops of the poles and exposed timber of the screen have been painted dark brown, while the bases of the poles have been painted white to emphasize their position in the restaurant built beneath the screen. This building is mainly lined and covered with vertical cypress pine boards, dressed and clear finished. Round messmate stringy bark poles have been, used by the architect for the screen at another drive-in theatre at Ballarat, Victoria, for the same owners. Contributed by Greg Lynch

davidcoppock on June 14, 2022 at 9:04 am

Opened in November 1956 with “The Broken Lance”.

davidcoppock on June 14, 2022 at 9:08 am

The snack bar underneath the screen was also as a restaurant to for the passing motorists(during the day) on the Old Hume Highway, when the drive-in theatre wasn’t open.

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