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Hoyts / Clifton / Cinema Italia, Clifton Hill

Venue Summary
Name Hoyts / Clifton / Cinema Italia, Clifton Hill
Address 83 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, Victoria 3068
Operation Dates 1937-01-01 - 1983-01-01
Capacity 872
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1937-01-01 - 1943-01-01 : Exhibitor : Robert Mc Leish Theatres
1943-01-01 - 1959-01-01 : Exhibitor : United Theatres Pty. Ltd.
1959-01-01 - 1964-01-01 : Exhibitor : Ricco, F. & C.
1965-01-01 - 1983-01-01 : Exhibitor : World Film Distributors Pty. Ltd.
Venue Comments

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1937 = 800
1946/7 = 913
1950/51-1961/2 = 890
1962/3-1964/5 = 872
1971 = 662

In 1918 listed as 'Four shops being built' and Clifton Picture Theatre listed for the first time in 1919.

Changed management in 1959 from United Theatres and Hoyts to F. Ricco. Started screening Italian films.

First advertising Italian films as the Clifton Hill. September 1964-1983, as run by Carmelo or 'Charlie' Palumbo, of World Film Distributors.

See Il Globo 11 October 1966, p. 6, where the advertisement for screening at the Cinema Italia reads, "for the ninth anniversary of World Film..."

Film screenings advertised in The Herald as the Clifton/ Clifton Hill up until 1965.

Film screenings advertised in The Herald as Cinema Italia from 1966-9.

References
1933 'IN THE SUBURBS.', The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1956), 18 March, p. 17, viewed 15 October, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4724684

1957 Film Weekly October 31 (Clifton & Fairfield Theatres (owned by Mc Leish) to close because of falling attendance and entertainment tax)

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

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1964/5 (Clifton)

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1965/6-1971 (Cinema Italia)

Film Weekly (31 October 1957, p.1.) sites high entertainment tax and competition from television as reasons for closing the Clifton Theatre.

Melbourne Times 1999, 'Demolition of historic cinema to go ahead' 17 March.

PROV, VPRS 7882/P1 Public Building Files, Unit 336, PB 1847.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1937-01-01 Clifton 83 Queens Parade
Clifton Hill
Victoria 3068
-37.790139
145.000008
800 Suburb Cinema 1
1943-01-01



913
1951-01-01



890
1966-01-01 Cinema Italia



872 Suburb

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Vanina Vanini Columbia Pictures 1964-09-17 - 1964-09-19
Pirati di Tripoli Columbia Pictures 1964-09-17 - 1966-01-11
Piaceri Del Sabato Notte, I 1964-09-24 - 1967-01-24
Artiglio d'Acciaio, L' 1964-09-24 - 1964-09-26
Lone Ranger, The Warner Bros. 1964-10-01 - 1964-10-03
Ultimatum Alla Vita Lux Film 1964-10-01 - 1964-10-03
Femme et le Pantin, La Lopert Pictures Corporation 1964-10-06 - 1964-10-06
Terrible Beauty, A United Artists 1964-10-06 - 1964-10-06
Barabbas Columbia Pictures
Dino de Laurentiis Cinematografica
1964-10-15 - 1964-10-17
Beatrice Cenci (1956) 1964-10-20 - 1966-07-03
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