Geelong could be set to get its very own drive-in cinema
24.02.2021

Geelong could be set to get its very own drive-in cinema

WORDS BY MACKENZIE PENNYCOOK

A proposed drive-in cinema just minutes from the CBD is sure to up the movie night game of Geelong residents.

A drive-in cinema in the Corio Village Carpark could be the next venture for developers in the Geelong region, under plans to build a big screen in the suburban area.

The key takeaways

  • Plans have been submitted for a drive-in cinema in Corio
  • The cinema would operate daily from 5pm to midnight, catering for 120 cars per screening
  • The proposal is open to public feedback until March 15

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According to the $90,000 plans submitted with the City of Greater Geelong, the shopping centre landowners (IP Generation) intend to erect a 10-metre-high screen within the south-western portion of the Corio Village Shopping Centre, transforming the section into a fully operational drive-in theatre.

If approved, the drive-in is set to operate seven days a week from 5pm until midnight, allowing for 120 cars per screening, with tickets sale online and screenings dependent upon demand.

The loss of six parking spaces in the Corio Village shopping centre was also outlined in the planning documents.

“This application seeks approval for the use of land and construction and operation of a new drive-in theatre within the south-western portion of the Corio Village Shopping Centre,” planning documents noted.

“The proposal will involve the loss of 6 car parking spaces within the existing car park, which will be used for the drive-in theatre screen.”

The proposal is set to add a new use for the land, while also encouraging moviegoers to take advantage of the services Corio Village already has to offer.

“The proposal represents an infill development within the existing Corio Village Shopping Centre site, the focus for development contributing to the ‘Corio Heart’, as sought by the policy. The drivein theatre will contribute to the improvement of the Corio centre, diversifying the existing mix of offerings and services, and improving the amenity and activation of the centre, thereby providing a net community benefit.

“The drive-in theatre is entirely consistent with the purpose of the Commercial 1 Zone, which encourages vibrant mixed use commercial centres for retail, office, business, entertainment and community uses, while appropriately mitigating any potential off-site amenity impacts.”

Promising to add some flare to the Geelong night-scene, the exciting proposal is reigniting Geelong’s love for drive-in cinemas, following the city’s last drive-in – Moolap’s Star Drive-In – which closed back in 1984.

The proposal is open to public feedback until March 15 via the City website.

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