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The best drive-in cinemas in Melbourne

Roll up, tune in and watch classic films in these drive-in cinemas near Melbourne

Rebecca Russo
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Rebecca Russo
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Some might argue that drive-in cinemas never went out of style. Maybe that's true, but there's no denying that due to a number of factors, drive-in cinemas are having something of a revival right now. 

As usual, Melbourne is well ahead of the trend, sporting three permanent drive-in cinemas across the city. These outdoor cinemas make for a cute date night idea, or for a fun way to hang out with friends (or treat the kids). To really complete the retro vibe, many of the cinemas also offer a snack bar service reminiscent of American diners (some will even deliver the food to your vehicle).

Don't have a car? That's okay, we've compiled a list of Melbourne's best-looking movie theatres.

Note: Please check with venues directly for session times. 

Melbourne's drive-in cinemas

  • Film
  • Coburg North

Reopening October 22

Make like a 1950s teenager and recline your car set at Melbourne’s closest drive-in cinema. You can roll on in, order your food from the retro diner via text message and enjoy a selection of brand-new flicks.

Lunar Drive-In
  • Film
  • Dandenong South

Reopening October 22

Opened in 1956, the Lunar Drive-in cinema in Dandenong is the largest drive-in in Australia. Films are shown every day except Christmas Day, and the Lunar Café is open for takeaway every night before and during the shows. We’ve heard that the award-winning chef cooks up the best hamburgers and hot jam dougnuts you can get at a cinema. 

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  • Film
  • Seaford

Reopening October 22

Want a side of beachside charm with your cinema experience? Dromana’s drive-in cinema has been screening movies on its four screens since 1962. These days you can grab food from the on-site diner and watch a selection of classic flicks and new blockbusters. 

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