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Palais Picture Theatre / Plaza, Frankston

Venue Summary
Name Palais Picture Theatre / Plaza, Frankston
Address Playne Street, Frankston, Victoria 3199
Operation Dates 1930-10-11 - 1959-01-01
Capacity 1011
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1947-01-01 - 1948-01-01 : Exhibitor : Talbot, A.H. & J.C.
1949-01-01 - 1950-01-01 : Exhibitor : Shields, R.
1951-01-01 - 1959-01-01 : Exhibitor : Plaza Theatre Company, Frankston
Venue Comments

Ran as the Palais picture theatre c1921.

Newspaper article in The Argus reads:
"A brick theatre and dance hall in Playne street, Frankston, has been acquired for £8,000 by the Plaza Theatre Pty. Ltd., which conducts a picture theatre at Morn- ington. The property was offered at public auction on September 2, but it was passed in for private sale. The land has frontage of 93ft. by a depth of 142ft. The theatre has accommodation for 800 per- sons, and there are four lock-up shops, to- gether with plant and furnishings. The Plaza Theatre Pty. Ltd. has installed a "talkie" equipment, and the theatre will be opened on Saturday. The agents for the solo were Messrs. Sydney Arnold, Best, and Co., and Mr. Walter J. Jones."

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1950/51 = 900
1952/53-1957/58 = 1014
1958/59-1959/60 = 1011

Cinema & Theatre Historical Society 1997, Cinema index : Melbourne cinemas, suburban cinemas, Victorian drive-ins. CATHS, Victoria.

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1959/60

Film screenings advertised in The Herald from 1957-59.

Film Weekly (22 July 1954, p.3) briefly references planned extensions, provision for Cinema Scope and stereophonic sound.

'Frankston Theatre sold' The Argus Melbourne, Oct 9 1930, p. 8.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1930-10-11 Plaza Playne Street
Victoria 3199
900 Suburb Cinema 1