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Penthouse Cinema, Melbourne

Venue Summary
Name Penthouse Cinema, Melbourne
Address 37 Swanston Street (basement), Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Operation Dates 1977-03-10 - 1979-05-16
Capacity 200
Suburban/Country City
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Venue Comments

The Penthouse Cinema originally intended to cater to the foreign film market but not long after opening it became a sex theatre. The Penthouse was situated in the Nicholas building beside a Mc Donalds restaurant "and with legal action pending was soon forced to close." (Walters, p. 201). The Penthouse closed just over a year. The Club Cinema, Melbourne operated upstairs and continued to run after the closure of the Penthouse.


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

Walters, T 2009, The Picture Palaces of Melbourne, p. 201.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1977-03-10 Penthouse Cinema 37 Swanston Street (basement)
Victoria 3000
200 City Cinema 1