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Capitol, St Peters

Venue Summary
Name Capitol, St Peters
Address 32 Payneham Road, St Peters, South Australia 5069
Operation Dates 1925-02-04 - 1964-01-01
Capacity 1900
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
1925-02-04 - 1964-01-01 : Unknown : D Clifford Theatres Limited
1925-02-04 - 1964-01-01 : Exhibitor : D Clifford Theatres Limited
Venue Comments

"The Capitol Theatre on the corner of Payneham Road and George Street at St. Peters was described by The Register (5 February 1925) as being "the largest of its kind in any suburb in Australia". It was the grandest picture house Dan Clifford had ordered to be built to that date. The builder, W.H. Hagger, had been the contractor for the Parkside Star and was later to build the New Unley Star.

Costing nearly £20,000, the Capitol had a seating capacity of 1,900. The dress circle was fitted out with 750 leather upholstered seats and had a richly curtained stairway leading to it. The lavishly carpeted dress circle lounge was furnished on the style of the Jacobean period. The interior designer, local resident A.V. Adlam, adopted the old English style for the lounge because he felt that the patrons would appreciate "an atmosphere of homely welcome."

The Capitol boasted the largest orchestra used in any suburban theatre in South Australia. The seven musicians were conducted by another local resident, Miss L. Foote. In addition to the orchestra, there were seventeen attendants. This staff was managed by Dan Clifford's sister, Mary, who prior to the opening of the Capitol had managed the Parkside Star." Dylan Walker, Adelaide's Silent Nights

Talkies Ltd screened at this venue in 1936.

References
1925 'ST. PETERS NEW THEATRE.', The Register, 5 February, p. 11, viewed 1 November, 2011, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63731824

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1925-02-04 Capitol, St Peters 32 Payneham Road
St Peters
South Australia 5069
-34.9133499
138.6246864
1900 Suburb Cinema 1

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Don't Marry Fox 1929-01-16 - 1929-01-16
Certain Young Man, A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) 1929-01-19 - 1929-01-19
Crimson City, The Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1929-01-19 - 1929-01-19
Four Sons Fox 1929-01-23 - 1929-01-24
Rush Hour, The First National Pictures 1929-01-23 - 1929-01-24
Head Man, The First National Pictures 1929-01-26 - 1929-01-26
Powder My Back Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1929-01-26 - 1929-01-26
Happiness Ahead First National Pictures 1929-01-28 - 1929-01-28
Honeymoon Flats Universal Pictures 1929-01-28 - 1929-01-28
Wife's Relations, The Australasian Films /UnionTheatres 1929-01-30 - 1929-01-30
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