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Wests, Adelaide

Venue Summary
Name Wests, Adelaide
Address 91 Hindley Street, Adelaide, South Australia 5000
Operation Dates 1939-01-01 - 1977-02-02
Capacity 2248
Suburban/Country City
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1909-01-01 - 1977-02-02 : Owned : Greater Union Organisation Pty Ltd
Venue Comments

West's Olympia opened in 1908 . Except for the stage, the Olympia building was demolished in 1938

Opened 1939, replacing original Wests opened in 1908; closed Feb 2 1977. Became a Chinese restaurant closed in Dec 1981. Next came two cinemas, Hindley 5 and 6 (1-4 were in the old Metro Theatre across the road). Time zone

First-run city house controlled by Union Theatres.

First sound screening at this cinema was on November 23, 1929. The film was !Film:Innocents of Paris!. The sound system installed was a Western Electric one.

Film Weekly records the following changes in seating capacity:
1946/7 = 1448
1963/4 = 690

References
Thiele, J 2002, 'Wests theatre makeover' Kino Cinema Quarterly, no. 80, p. 13.
Film Weekly. Film Weekly Motion Picture Directory Sydney. 1946/7-1971.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1908-12-05 West's Olympia 91 Hindley Street
Adelaide
South Australia 5000
-34.9233
138.593411
3000 City Cinema 1
1939-12-01 Wests



2248

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
My Official Wife Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1928-12-01 - 1928-12-07
Hot News Paramount 1928-12-01 - 1928-12-07
Red Hot Speed Universal Pictures 1928-12-08 - 1928-12-14
Wife's Relations, The Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1928-12-08 - 1928-12-14
Forgotten Faces Paramount 1928-12-15 - 1928-12-21
Domestic Troubles Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1928-12-15 - 1928-12-21
Head Man, The First National Pictures 1928-12-22 - 1928-12-28
Crimson City, The Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1928-12-22 - 1928-12-28
Powder My Back Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1928-12-29 - 1929-01-04
Rinty of the Desert Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1928-12-29 - 1929-01-04
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