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Central / Star / Pantheon, Adelaide

Venue Summary
Name Central / Star / Pantheon, Adelaide
Address 70 Wakefield Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Operation Dates 1912-07-12 - 1967-01-01
Capacity 1540
Suburban/Country City
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1938-05-14 - 1960-04-06 : Exhibitor : D Clifford Theatres Limited
1962-01-01 - 1967-01-01 : Exhibitor : Cosmopolitan Theatres Ltd
Venue Comments

Originally opened as the Central in 1912; first talkie screening was December 6 1930 with Sunnyside Up; changed to the Star in 1938; closed 58/59 and reopened as the Pantheon in 1962/63.
According to Harrington the final films screened at the Star on April 16 1960. They were Bedtime for Bonzo, The Marx Brothers Go West and in the evening Girls On The Loose plus Flesh and the Devil. Harrington also states that the theatre opened again briefly several months later with a two week screening of Ben Hur. It later re-opened as a Greek theatre known as the Pantheon.
A police station now occupies 60 Wakefield Street, in the area where the venue was located.

Film Weekly records the following changes in seating capacity:
1946/7 = 1550
1947/8 = 1540

Exhibitor listed as Clifford till change to Pantheon; then Cosmpolitan Theatres

References
1911 'A new picture theatre' The Advertiser September 30, p. 18.

1912 'CENTRAL PICTURE THEATRE.', The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), 12 July, p. 11, viewed 11 October, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5310194

1912 'The Central Picture Theatre', The Advertiser, July 8, p. 2.

1938 'Grand opening new Star Theatre' The Advertiser, May 7, p. 3

Film Weekly. Film Weekly: Motion Picture Directory Sydney. 1946/7- 1959/60 not listed for two editions 1962/3- 1966/7

Harrington, B 2008, 'A faded star in the centre of Adelaide', Kino Cinema Quarterly, no. 103, p. 28.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1912-07-12 Central Picture Theatre 70 Wakefield Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000
-34.928178
138.602933
2000 City Cinema 1
1938-05-14 Star Adelaide



1540
1962-01-01 Pantheon



1962-04-23



Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Four Walls Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1930-07-05 - 1930-07-05
General, The United Artists 1930-07-05 - 1930-07-05
Battle of the Sexes, The United Artists 1930-07-19 - 1930-07-19
Overland Telegraph, The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1930-07-19 - 1930-07-19
Emerald of the East Cinema Art Films 1930-07-23 - 1930-07-23
Kibitzer, The Paramount 1930-07-23 - 1930-07-23
West of Zanzibar Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1930-07-26 - 1930-07-26
Daughter in Revolt, A United Artists 1930-07-26 - 1930-07-26
Behind the Make-Up Paramount 1930-07-30 - 1930-07-30
No Babies Allowed Cinema Art Films 1930-07-30 - 1930-07-30
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