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Published on Dec 5, 2011
The Dromana drive-in theatre is located on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australian. The screen shown is one of three and had a very odd problem it was being eaten by birds. The Australian Cockatoo is a large white bird that likes to chew stuff. In this case they had taken to eating very large chunks of the heavy marine ply panels which form the face of the screen from the top down to a depth of about one meter. To solve this problem a steel panel was fitted across the top of the screen and part way down it to protect it. The video shows the view from the screen which trust me is bloody high up and it was also very windy. The video shows the scale of the screen which is massive as compared to a conventional picture theatre screen. It's also located on a hill which adds to the height above the fields where the cars park. The sound in this theatre is provided by FM radio signals hence there are no speakers on the posts. The projection room is located in the top of the yellow building.
The website of this theatre which started life with a single screen in the 1960's is www.drivein.net.au
With thanks to Paul the manager for the ride up the screen.