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Ozone, Alberton

Venue Summary
Name Ozone, Alberton
Address Fussell Place, Alberton, South Australia 5014
Operation Dates 1924-08-25 - 1961-02-25
Capacity 1351
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1924-08-25 - 1961-01-01 : Unknown : Ozone Theatres Limited
Venue Comments

"Up until 1923, the Ozone Theatre group in South Australia had mainly concentrated on utilising available halls for picture theatres around Adelaide. Their only permanent structure to this point was the Port Adelaide Ozone. 1924 saw the expansion of the Ozone chain at a time when other chains began to emerge. However, by the close of the silent era five years later, the Ozone and Star chains had survived the competition and dominated picture house ownership in the Adelaide suburbs.

The Alberton Ozone, located in Fussell Place about one hundred yards from the Alberton Railway Station, was the second picture house erected for the Ozone circuit. The plans were submitted for approval in early March and the new Ozone, which was built next door to the home of the circuit's founder, Hugh Waterman, opened to the public on 25 August 1924." D. Walker, Adelaide's Silent Nights

The cinema converted to sound on December 25 1930, using a Western Electric sound system. Its first talkie program was The Divorcee and The Gay Nineties

Note: In 1951 Hoyts purchased the theatre (and most of the Watermans circuit).

The theatre was renovated in 1952, 1955, 1956 and 1957.

Cinemascope opened on June 9 1955. Stereophonic sound was installed in 1956. The stalls foyer on one side was added in 1957.

The property sold in 1964 (became a supermarket)

Film Weekly records the following changes in seating capacity:
1946/7 = 1345
1949/50 = 1354
1956/7 = 1234

References
Film Weekly, Film Weekly: Motion Picture Directory, Sydney. 1946/7-1960/1.
Flint, C, 'Alberton Ozone' Kino No.56, p. 16
Walker, D Adelaide's Silent Night
'A new theatre opened: opened at Alberton', The Advertiser, August 27 1924, p. 6
'Ozone new adventure: fine theatre opened in Alberton' Port Adelaide News, August 29 1924, p. 7

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1924-08-25 Ozone Alberton Fussell Place
Alberton
South Australia 5014
-34.860214
138.518116
1351 Suburb Cinema 1

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Wise Wife, The First National Pictures 1928-12-01 - 1928-12-01
Ladies of the Mob Paramount 1928-12-01 - 1928-12-01
Doomsday Paramount 1928-12-05 - 1928-12-05
Three Ring Marriage First National Pictures 1928-12-05 - 1928-12-05
Diamond Handcuffs Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1928-12-08 - 1928-12-08
Fools for Luck Paramount 1928-12-08 - 1928-12-08
Magnificent Flirt, The Paramount 1928-12-12 - 1928-12-12
Code of the Scarlet, The First National Pictures 1928-12-12 - 1928-12-12
Riders of the Dark Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1928-12-15 - 1928-12-15
Happiness Ahead First National Pictures 1928-12-15 - 1928-12-15
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