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New Mentone

Venue Summary
Name New Mentone
Address 188 Nepean Highway, Mentone, Victoria 3194
Operation Dates 1928-05-05 - 1961-09-24
Capacity 1306
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1928-05-05 - 1931-01-01 : Owned : Lydford, A. E. and Sons
1931-01-01 - 1961-09-24 : Exhibitor : Fowler & Carr Theatres Pty Ltd
Venue Comments

Situated on the corner of Balcombe Road. Now apart of Nepean Highway.

The New Mentone was first run by its builders, Mr A. E. Lydford and his three sons until the depression in the early 1930s forced them to sell the theatre. It was then run by Fowler and Carr. (Walters, p. 7)

"Although opening in the days of silent movies, the opening films being Beau Sabreur and Jesse James both from Paramount, Mr Lydford considered himself an entrepeneur and showman, was quick to realise talking pictures were the future and installed western electric sound equipment and Mentone became the first suburban theatre in Victoria to screen talkies." (Walters, p. 7)

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

Walters, T 1994, 'The New Mentone Theatre', CinemaRecord, no. 4, p.7.

Gamble, L 2006, 'Opening the New Mentone Theatre: 1928', Kingston Historical Website, viewed 23 March 2010,

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1928-05-05 New Mentone 188 Nepean Highway
Victoria 3194
1306 Suburb Cinema 1