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Loco / Cinestar, North Melbourne

Venue Summary
Name Loco / Cinestar, North Melbourne
Address 574 Victoria Street , North Melbourne, Victoria 3051
Operation Dates 1914-12-12 - 1972-01-01
Capacity 523
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1000-01-01 - 1958-01-01 : Exhibitor : O'Brien, Thomas
1959-01-01 - 1960-01-01 : Exhibitor : Dawson, E. H.
1960-01-01 - 1961-01-01 : Exhibitor : Southern Theatres Pty Ltd
1961-01-01 - 1965-01-01 : Exhibitor : Galle, D.
1966-01-01 - 1967-01-01 : Exhibitor : Reade-Watts, D.K.
1969-01-01 - 1970-01-01 : Exhibitor : Galle, T.
Venue Comments

The Loco Hall, North Melbourne, formerly the Loco Cinestar Theatre was sold on 11 September 1985 for $450, 000. Built in 1914 for the Locomotive Drivers, Firemen and Cleaners Association (forerunner or the Victorian Division of the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Engineers) and housed the union's offices as well as the cinema.

As far as it's possible to ascertain, purchased by Damiano Galle (or sometimes spelt as Galli) in 1959. NB Damiano Galle is listed in 1959 as a baker and 'company director' in the ASIC file for the history of Carmelo Palumbo's World Film Distributors.

"(A)round 1959, it ceased showing English speaking films, but there was a large migrant population in the area and it continued on, as did many inner suburban theatres, by showing imported foreign films. A number of ethnic groups leased the Loco around this time, but business dwindled and the last films were run around 1972." (Gilbert, p. 15)

Italian language film screenings advertised in general terms (no film titles given) for Cinestar Theatre in Il Globo on the following dates: 1960-06-29 to 1960-07-06

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1949/50 = 900
1950/51-1953/54 = 876
1954/55-1957/58 = 896
1958/59 = 900
1959/60 = 650
1960/61-1961/62 = 900
1962/63-1969/70 = 523

References
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- 1969/70.

Gilbert, R 1985, 'When the Loco showed the pictures', Locomotive Journal, Nov/Dec, pp. 14-15.

Gilbert, R 1986, 'Loco/Cinestar', Kino: journal of Australian theatre historical society, No. 16, pp. 9-13.

PROV, VPRS 7882/P1 Public Building Files, Unit 367, PB 2055.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1914-12-12 Loco North Melbourne 564 Victoria Street
North Melbourne
Victoria 3051
-37.804707
144.947402
900 Suburb Unknown 1
1959-01-01 Cinestar Theatre 574 Victoria Street

-37.804664
144.947005
650 Cinema
1961-01-01



900
1963-01-01



523

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Londra Chiama Polo Nord Lux Compagnie Cinematographique de France
Allied Artists
1960-12-22 - 1960-12-22
Invaders From Mars Rank Film (Italy)
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
1961-04-19 - 1961-04-19
Quatermass Xperiment United Artists 1961-04-19 - 1961-04-19
Bengasi Anno 41 Cine Tirrenia 1961-04-20 - 1961-04-25
Disonorata Senza Colpa 1961-07-13 - 1961-07-15
Mondo Le Condanna, Il Lux Film 1961-07-20 - 1961-07-22
Cavaliere Del Sogno (Gaetano Donizetti), Il Titanus Distribuzione 1961-07-27 - 1961-07-29
Borderline Universal Pictures 1961-07-27 - 1961-07-29
Ten Commandments, The Paramount 1961-09-28 - 1968-06-02
Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks With a Circus Buena Vista Distribution Company 1961-10-26 - 1961-10-28
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