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Cinema Australia / Australia Twin One

Venue Summary
Name Cinema Australia / Australia Twin One
Address 272 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Operation Dates 1939-10-06 - 1989-01-01
Capacity 498
Suburban/Country City
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1000-01-01 - 1967-01-01 : Exhibitor : Theatrical Property Pty Ltd
Venue Comments

The Australia was a single level theatre that for many years screened foreign films. The Australia Cinema in its early years screened move over programmes from other theatres, so if you missed it first time around there was a chance you could catch it later at the Australia. The Australia closed in mid 60s for renovation and reopened 6 weeks later on September 01, 1966. The Australia was taken over by the Village chain in c1968. The theatre was renamed the Australia Twin One not long after coming under the control of Village. The Australia and Curzon Cinemas were now called the Australia Twin Cinemas. On 07 June 1968 the first film shown under the control of Village was, Up The Junction. (Walters 2009, p. 225)



Catrice, D. 1991. Cinemas in Melbourne 1896-1942. Thesis (M.A.), Monash University, 1991.

Film Weekly. Film Weekly: motion picture directory. Sydney. 1946/7-1971.

Manzie, K 1953 'Near record in Easter changes: 10 new bills,' Film Weekly, April 9, p. 16.

Walters, T 2009 The Picture Palaces of Melbourne p. 225

'Melbourne Australia re-opens after installation by RCA', "The Film Weekly", 08 September 1966, p.8. Australia closed on 19 July 1966 and reopened on 01 September 1966.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1939-10-06 Cinema Australia 272 Collins Street
Victoria 3000
498 City Cinema 1

1968-08-22 Australia Twin One


Films Distributor Dates
Diavolo, Il Continental Distributing 1967-01-03 - 1967-01-03
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