Hoyts Preston Drive-In
Plenty Road and Gremel Road,
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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres
Architects: Harold Bartlett
Previous Names: Hoyts Skyline Drive-In, Village Drive-In
Located in the Reservoir district to the north of Preston, north of Melbourne, Vic. The Skyline Drive-In was opened on 22nd December 1954 before an invited audience and on 23rd December 1954 it had a Gala Opening screening James Stewart in “Broken Arrow”. It was operated by Hoyts. It had a capacity for 740 cars and was designed by architectural firm A.C. Leith, Bartlett & Partners of St. Kilda Road. The screen was 73ft wide and 65ft tall. It was the second drive-in to open in Melbourne following the Burwood Skyline Drive-In.
Still named Skyline Drive-In in 1968, by 1982 it had been renamed Preston Drive-In. It was closed in 1984 with the merger of Hoyts & Village Theatres who closed six older drive-in’s on the same night.
It has been demolished and Stockland Latrobe Village (a retirement village) has been built on the site.
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