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Hoyts Plaza, Melbourne

Venue Summary
Name Hoyts Plaza, Melbourne
Address 191 Collins Street (basement), Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Operation Dates 1929-05-10 - 1970-11-04
Capacity 814
Suburban/Country City
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Roles
Venue Comments

The Plaza Theatre was built below the Regent, Melbourne opening on May 10, 1929. The Plaza opened with the film Alias Jimmy Valentine.

In 1954 the Plaza Theatre became the second Melbourne theatre to be equipped for the new Cinemascope film ratio (opening on February 17, 1954). The theatre closed for alterations on October 22, 1958 (it took 9 weeks for it to be made ready for 3-strip Cinerama), during the course of renovations, seating capacity was reduced from approx 1200 to 814.

On February 26, 1970 the Plaza commenced its last programme, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, ending November 4, 1970.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/7-1948/49 = 1248
1949/50-1963/64 = 1235
1964/5 = 907
1965/6-1969/70 = 814

Opened: 10/5/1929
Architects: Cedric H. Ballantyne and Associates (Thorne, 1981)

References
Film Weekly.Film Weekly: Motion Picture Directory. Sydney. 1946/7- 1969/70

Craveb, N 1969, 'Theatres Sale?', Showman, April, 15.
1967, '"Khartoum" Melbourne campaign', Showman, September 15, p.5.

Thorne, R 1981, 'Cinemas of Australia via USA', pp.268-273.

McKinlay, B 'Fighting for an amazing pleasure dome'- (Bertrand, I "cinema file: 191 Collins Street" unpublished research).

Morgan, J 1996, 'Nothing succeeds like excess', Weekend Review, August 17-18, p.12.

Thorne, R 1981, 'Cinemas of Australia via USA', pp.268-273.

Walters, T. 2009,The Picture Palaces of Melbourne, pp. 240 -3.

'2 theatres sold for city square', Sun, Friday, June 6 1969.

'Auction Sale: Regent and Plaza Theatres' catalogue (Bertrand, I Cinema file: 191 Collins Street unpublished research).

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1929-05-10 Plaza 191 Collins Street (basement)
Melbourne
Victoria 3000
-37.815405
144.967597
1248 City Cinema 1
1950-01-01



1235
1965-01-01



907
1966-01-01



814

Screenings

Screenings
Films Distributor Dates
Change Of Heart Fox Film Corporation 1934-10-29 - 1934-12-02
Such Women Are Dangerous Fox Film Corporation 1934-10-29 - 1934-12-02
Harold Teen First National Pictures
Warner Bros.
1934-12-03 - 1934-12-16
Madame Du Barry Warner Bros. 1934-12-03 - 1934-12-16
Bachelor Bait RKO Radio Pictures 1934-12-17 - 1935-01-06
Life Of Vergie Winters RKO Radio Pictures 1934-12-17 - 1935-01-06
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