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Frequently Asked Questions...


Admission Prices:

As at 26 December 2018.
Adults $18, Concession $16 and Child $12.
See our PRICES page for all the details on discounts, Bumper Sticker deals, ages etc.

Do you sell online tickets?

Yes, Online or pre-purchase tickets are available through our website. Click on the movie title on the HOME page to proceed to the 'Try Booking' booking portal. There is a small extra charge for Credit card & processing fees. The booking portal closes 1 hour before first session of the night. No allocated parking position, but entry guaranteed on busy nights.

Do you sell Gift Vouchers?

Yes, Gift Vouchers are available through our website. Click the GIFT VOUCHERS button at the top of the HOME page, and proceed to the 'Try-Booking' page. NB: The recipient MUST then redeem the voucher through our website - Gift Vouchers cannot be redeemed at the Drive-In. Gift Vouchers cannot be used for food or merchandise in Shel's Diner.

Do you have Credit Card facilities?

Yes, Credit Card (Mastercard & Visa) facilities are available at the Ticket Booth for tickets, and in Shel's Diner for food & Merchandise. There is NO Surcharge for admission tickets, but a $1 surcharge in the diner.
No cash out.

When are you open?

Summer & School Holidays - 7 Nights per week.
School Term 1 - Closed Mondays.
School Terms 2, 3 & 4 - Closed Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday.
Closed Christmas Eve & Night.
OPEN New Years Eve and Good Friday.

Session times vary by season and Daylight Savings.
Always check the session times on our website HOME page..

How early should I arrive?

Depending on time of year, session times vary. One thing to remember, TRY NOT to arrive just before the advertised start time - many do and it slows down entry. You may miss the start of the movie.
As a rule, arrive at least 30 minutes before Showtime.
See session times on the movie on our HOME page.

Where is the Dromana 3 DriveIn located?

The Dromana 3 Drive-In is located about 50km South of Melbourne, on the Mornington Peninsula.
The GPS address is 133 Nepean Highway Dromana Victoria. See the DIRECTIONS button on our home page for all the details.

Can I walk in and watch a movie?

Yes, you can bring your own Deckchairs etc, or hire one of ours ($3 per chair plus $10 deposit).
You will need to bring a portable FM radio to listen to the sound. We also have a viewing area with sound, depending on which movie. See details about our 4th. SCREEN, our Deckchair Cinema - we supply Deckchairs and Radios.


The Law stipulates that you cannot smoke inside or near the doors of our Diner, in a car
with Children or in the Toilets.
We have had enquiries from customers about cars with smokers, with their windows down, allowing smoke to enter the cars nearby. We really hope that smokers can understand how uncomfortable it is for other people, and the likelihood that Children will be exposed.
We dont have a specific rule yet - The Government is assessing the situation -
Until there is a decision, we ask that you be aware of where your smoke travels.

Can we sit outside the car, or on the car roof?

Yes, but if sitting outside the car on chairs/beanbags etc, you cannot take up another parking spot. Also, please consider how you are going to hear the movie (we DO NOT loan our radios for this purpose). If you are sitting on the roof of the car, you can block the view for people behind you. You will need to park at the rear or sides of the parking area. Under NO circumstances are vehicles to move arounf with people on the roof or other dangerous positions. remember, the Drive-In is a public place, and ALL road rules apply.

How do I listen to the sound?

The sound for the movies is through your FM car Radio. A portable radio will also work very well (ie: a 'Ghetto Blaster' or small transistor radio. You cannot stream the audio via the internet. We do not loan radios out so you can sit outside your vehicle.

What happens if it rains?

We continue to screen the movie. If it is light rain, you may need to apply intermittant wipers. Heavy rain will require fast wipers until it stops. The inside of windows can fog up - its recommended to leave a window slightly open.

What if I get a flat battery?

We have a Jump Battery Pack to get you going. We are very well practiced in starting all types of cars. The Jump Pack has protection to guard against incorrect connection and surges. Please ask for assistance in Shel's Diner if it is open, otherwise, there is a doorbell on the Service Door on Field 3. This is a 'Free' service; on busy nights, please be aware that there maybe a delay in starting your car. We are unable to start you during the movie, but can loan you a radio to complete the movie. Please enquire. If you call the RACV, they are also unable to start you during the movie.

Can I reserve a parking spot for a friends car?

On busy nights, you cannot reserve parking spots. First In, First Served!

Low Clearance at Ticket Box

Be aware that if you are driving a campervan or minibus etc. there is low clearance under the ticket box.
Dont forget the airconditioner on your roof. If you wont fit, you gain entry by going through the EXIT Driveway. The clearance is 2.8 Mtr.

Driving with headlights on inside the Drive-In?

Whilst we require that you use your Parking Lights (not driving lights) whilst moving around the Drive-In, you are required to extinguish all lights once you are parked. Some newer model cars have confusing systems - customers are having trouble turning lights off. Please test your car before you attend, during dark hours. If you cannot turn off ALL lights, please enquire with the dealer as to how to achieve this.

Can I stay for the second movie?

You are able to pay for both movies at time of entry and receive a discount for both movies - or if you decide that you want to watch the second movie, just stay - we will come to your car and collect more money from you. The discount is not available if you choose to pay later.

Can I have a BBQ in the Drive-In?

For various reasons. Smell, Drippings, Fire, conflict with our diner.

Can I bring in outside food?

We allow you to bring picnics, snacks, drinks etc. but we ask that for meals, you utilise our Diner. We have a very extensive menu, a classic Diner design where you can eat your meals in our Booths. You can view the Memorabilia, play the Pinball & JukeBox. Of course, you can also take your food back to you cars. The Diner facilities are only for food purchased in the diner. Lets face it - luke warm Macca's is nothing compared to a freshly cooked Chev Burger and Lime Milkshake!

Can I purchase food & merchandise from Shels Diner without watching a movie?

Yes, you need to check in with the Ticket Seller, on busier nights, this may not be possible.
You will be required to park your car near the entry and walk to the Diner.


Is my dog allowed at the drive-in?

We require that your Dog remains in the car. Please walk your dog before you arrive. The reasons are many - We have had dogs mess in the playground, enter the diner, fight, intimidate other customers, etc. We are firm on this - you will be asked to leave if you dog is outside the car!

Dropping of Rubbish from your car.

Whilst the Drive-In is open to customers, it is a Public Place. The Litter Control Act is in force just like on a highway or supermarket parking lot. There are plenty of wheelie bins close to your car - please use them. Other customers have been known to 'Dob In' litterers to the EPA hotline on 1300 372 842 (1300 EPA VIC)

Is my boat / trailer allowed at the Drive-In?

We allow customers to drop their trailer at the rear of the Drive-In as directed, then to proceed to parking their car in the usual positions. Trailers are a severe hazard during the screening of movies.

Noisy, rowdy, abusive behavior and speeding is forbidden.

Flashing lights, Sounding Horn, Speeding or unsocialble behavior - Any customer behaving in an unacceptable manner will be asked to leave. Police will be called if you refuse to comply.
Your number plate is on record & survaillance cameras are recording 24/7 Throughout the premises.

What happens if I try to hide someone inside my boot etc?

It is termed 'Theft by Deception'. You will be asked to leave, with no refund.
Police will be called if you dont comply, and charges laid.
Your number plate is on record & survaillance cameras are recording 24/7 Throughout the premises.

How long can I remain in the drive-in after my movie finishes?

You are required to leave within 5 minutes of the finish of the movie.

Video camera, camcorder or recording equipment.

If you have these devices in your car, we will assume that you intend to copy the movie. We will ask that your equipment is left with the Ticket Seller until your movie finishes. If we catch you in the act of recording the movie or the sound, we will report you to the Police and the Federal copyright authorities.
If you witness someone copying our movies, please report it to us immediately - free movie tickets as a reward!

Where can I find the program & times?

This Website is the prime means of finding information about thew Movies and the Drive-In.
Check the HOME page for all the details.

How far in advance can I find out what is screening?

One week in advance.
We don't normally advertise the next weeks movies until the current week is finishing - to prevent confusion. The COMING SOON button on the HOME page will give you a good idea of whats coming soon. If you are trying to organise a group night in advance, please call the office number on the CONTACT US button on the HOME page to speak to us for a better idea.

How can I get a Screen-Ad for my business?

Please call the office number on the CONTACT US button on the HOME page to speak to us. Various packages are available, with options to supply your own Ad. or we can arrange to have one made.

Can I get an announcement on screen - Birthday, Anniversary, Proposal?

We are pleased to help you celebrate a special occasion. What better way to propose to your loved one that with a specially made announcement on the screen! You can even make your own Ad. if thats your thing.... We need some time for preparation, so give us plenty of notice. Please CONTACT US about costs.