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Padua / Metropolitan, Brunswick

Venue Summary
Name Padua / Metropolitan, Brunswick
Address 614 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Victoria 3056
Operation Dates 1937-07-24 - 1980-06-30
Capacity 1692
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1969-07-31 - 1980-06-30 : Leased : Zeccola, Franco
Venue Comments

Hoyts closed the Padua in June 1968 and the property was sold, but leased out to Tony and Franco Zeccola, who reopened it in August 1969 as the Metropolitan, screening Italian films (continued to operate until December 1981). Theatre demolished in January/February of 1982.

The installation of Cinema scope in 1954.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1962/63 = 1758
1965/66-1966/67 = 600 ?
-1971 = 1692

Venue: Other Information
Opening and closing dates for the Metropolitan based on Public building records.

References
1936 'NEW PICTURE THEATRE AT BRUNSWICK.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 23 December, p. 9, viewed 11 October, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11950810
1980 Barnes, L 'Cinemas in Brunswick Historical Outline' from Bernad, I ''Cinema file: Brunswick' (unpublished research).
Cinema & Theatre Historical Society 1997, Cinema index : Melbourne cinemas, suburban cinemas, Victorian drive-ins. CATHS, Victoria.

Cunningham, L 1995, Frame by frame: a history of Brunswick's picture theatres, Brunswick Community History Group, Victoria

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1969/70 (Padua)

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1971. (Metropolitan)

Film screenings advertised in The Herald as the Padua until 1968.

Film Weekly (27 June 1968, p.7.) briefly references cinema closure

Film screenings advertised periodically in The Herald as the Metropolitan until 1978.

Kino. No.1, 1982. p.11.
'New theatres. Two for Melbourne. Hartwell and Brunswick' The Argus February 18, 1937, p.13

Opening date announced in Il Globo, 29 Jul. 1969, p. 16.

Sampson, F 1952, 'Sedgman welcomed at local theatre,' Film Weekly, Jan 17, p. 22.

Scott, B 2006, 'Padua: from the inside' CinemaRecord Cinema and Theatre Historical Society. no. 52, pp. 21-3.
Thorne, R 1981, 'Cinemas of Australia via USA', pp.246-248. (On Padua cinema).
Tod, L 1990, 'Brunswick Padua', Kino: journal of the Australian theatre historical society, no. 32, pp. 4-7.

Tod, L 2005, 'Brunswick's luxurious theatre', Kino Cinema Quarterly, no. 92, p.14.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1937-07-24 Padua 614 Sydney Road,
Brunswick
Victoria 3056
-37.7632103
144.9627951
1800 Suburb Cinema 1
1947-01-01



1758
1969-07-31 Metropolitan 614 Sydney Road



1692

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Divorzio All'Italiana Embassy Pictures Corporation 1964-02-20 - 1964-02-20
Ten Commandments, The Paramount 1969-07-31 - 1969-08-31
Addio, Mamma! 1969-09-05 - 1969-09-14
Ischia Operazione Amore 1969-09-19 - 1969-09-28
Super Rapina A Milano 1969-09-26 - 1969-11-16
Lungo, il Corto, il Gatto, Il 1969-09-26 - 1969-09-28
Veneri In Collegio Hispamex 1969-09-26 - 1969-09-28
Quattro Tassisti, I Cineriz 1969-10-03 - 1969-10-05
Vacanze A Ischia Cinédis
Cineriz
Brandon Films
1969-10-03 - 1969-10-05
Due RRRingos Nel Texas 1969-10-10 - 1969-10-12
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