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Carlton Theatre / Carlton Moviehouse

Venue Summary
Name Carlton Theatre / Carlton Moviehouse
Address 235 Faraday Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053
Operation Dates 1924-04-14 - 1999-06-22
Capacity 450
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1924-04-14 - 1947-01-01 : Exhibitor : McClelland, William Gordon
1947-01-01 - 1963-01-01 : Exhibitor : Mrs M McClelland
1963-01-01 - 1970-01-01 : Exhibitor : McClelland, G.
1971-01-01 - 9999-12-31 : Exhibitor : Oakley, D.C.
Venue Comments

Also named Carlton Moviehouse, Bughouse and Carlton Picture Palace. This theatre operated as an independent cinema. Began screening Italian films in 1963.

The Carlton Theatre was a family run business, Mr Mc Clelland's father, Mack, showed the films. His mother worked in the ticket box. Mr Mc Clelland sold sweets and his sister ran the shop. Mr Mc Clelland left the Carlton Theatre in 1978.

From 1964 the Carlton theatre started advertising Italian film screenings intermittently in Il Globo

Some alterations were made in 1979 (which is when it became known as the Carlton Movie House) and it re-opened on 3rd August 1979. It closed in June 1999.

Classified by the National Trust partly for its history but also for the notable 'silent screen', a big white rectangle on the back wall, surrounded by painted scenes, that formed the original screen.

Film Weekly directory records the following changes in capacity:
1945/46-1951/52 = 495
1952/53-1961/62 =499
1962/63-1970 = 482
1971 = 503

Film Weekly directory records exhibitors: W. Mc Lelland (1937-43), Mrs. M. Mc Lelland (1949-61), G. Mc Lelland (1962-71)

An extract from Register of Public Building (10 February 1958) notes seating capacity as: Stalls=337, Circle=147

References
Attwood, A 1988, 'Bye-bye Bughouse', The Age, 30 July.

Devlin, R 1999, 'No final fling to mark its passing, just the final reel', The Age 23 June.

Cinema & Theatre Historical Society 1997, Cinema index : Melbourne cinemas, suburban cinemas, Victorian drive-ins. CATHS, Victoria.

Dabkowski, S 1992, 'Arthouse cinemas proving a big hit', Sunday Age 5 May

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1966/7

Film screenings advertised in The Herald until 1966

Hodgkins, N 2000 'Movie house bids' Melbourne Leader 4 September, p. 7

Melbourne Times (1 August 1979) reports the re-opening of the Carlton Theatres after being closed for 12 months. Paul Coulter noted as the Moviehouse manager.

PROV, VPRS 7882/P1 Public Building Files, Unit 104, PB 482.

Safe, G 'Council calls summit on the Bughouse' ''The Australian, 17 August, p.6

Safe, G 2000 'Celebrities rally to rescue cinema relic' The Australian 16 August, p. 7

Semple, P 2000 'Credits roll for cinema's end' The Age, 12 August, p. 9

Simon, N 2004, 'Bughouse to Arthouse', in Carlton: a history, Carlton, Vic. MUP, pp.197-201.

Stewart, K 1997 'What's on' The Sunday Age 3 August.

Thornton, S 2000 Letter to the editor' Australian, 21 August

Vitale, T 1994, 'The Carlton Moviehouse' CinemaRecord Cinema and Theatre Historical Society Victoria, no. 1.

235 Faraday Street

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1924-04-14 Carlton Theatre 235 Faraday Street
Carlton
Victoria 3053
-37.798776
144.966297
Suburb Cinema 1
1943-01-01



495
1953-01-01



499
1962-01-01



482
1971-01-01



450
1979-08-03 Carlton Movie House



Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Klidhi Tis Eftihias, To 1952-05-23 - 1956-06-14
Anihti Thalassa 1957-11-24 - 1957-11-24
Smog Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1964-09-17 - 1964-09-19
Cross and the sword 1964-09-17 - 1964-09-19
Risate Di Gioia Titanus Distribuzione
Embassy Pictures Corporation
1964-09-24 - 1964-09-26
Viva Las Vegas Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1964-10-01 - 1964-10-03
Gobbo Di Roma, Il Royal Films International 1964-10-06 - 1964-10-06
Repos du guerrier, Le Cocinor
Royal Films International
1964-10-06 - 1964-10-06
Barabbas Columbia Pictures
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
1964-10-15 - 1964-10-17
C'e Un Sentiero Nel Cielo 1964-10-20 - 1964-10-20
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