The Powerhouse acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the ancestral homelands upon which our museums are situated. We respect their Elders, past, present and future and recognise their continuous connection to Country.
98/125/1-1/1/9 Speaker (1 of 12), part of collection, metal / paint, maker unknown, used at the Twilight Drive-in, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 1970-1985. Click to enlarge.

Speaker used at Drive-in Theatres

Made
This is a speaker from an Australian drive-in theatre. After paying at the entrance you would drive into the parking area and pull up next to one of the many posts in rows all over the site. This post housed a pair of speakers, like this one, with volume control which you would attach to your car window.

Australia's first drive-in was the Skyline which opened in the Melbourne suburb of Burwood on 18 February 1954 showing the musical comedy 'On the Riviera' staring Danny Kaye. On the first …

Summary

Object No.

98/125/1-1/1/9

Object Statement

Speaker (1 of 12), part of collection, metal / paint, maker unknown, used at the Twilight Drive-in, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia, 1970-1985

Physical Description

Speaker from Drive-in, metal/paint, maker unknown, Australia, 1970-1985.

Metal casing painted blue, the casing has rounded edges and a circular grill at the front to allow sound to escape. A volume knob is located at the front lower center. A metal hook is located centre back, this part is hung over window of car.

Dimensions

Width

150 mm

Depth

160 mm

Production

Made

History

Notes

The amplifiers were used at the Twilight Drive-in, Shepparton. The illuminated sign was used at the former Hoyts drive-in at Coburg, Melbourne.

Cite this Object

Harvard

Speaker used at Drive-in Theatres 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 27 October 2021, <https://ma.as/160833>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/160833 |title=Speaker used at Drive-in Theatres |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=27 October 2021 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}