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Middle Park / Arrow

Venue Summary
Name Middle Park / Arrow
Address 1 Armstrong Street, Middle Park, Victoria 3206
Operation Dates 1909-01-01 - 1960-01-01
Capacity 210
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Live Theatre
Screens 1
1000-01-01 - 1947-01-01 : Exhibitor : Harding, L.G.
Venue Comments

Opening date based on Catrice. According to Howson films screened at the MiddlePark Theatre from 1909-1943. By 1943 screenings had diminished to Saturday nights only.From the mid-40's, it was the home of the MIddle Park Repertory Theatre Group, and in the '50s became the Arrow Theatre under the guidance of the late Frank Thring Jr. In 1944 Sydney B Turnbull applied to alter the buildng to become the Melbourne Repertory Theatre. The theatre became known as The Arrow Theatre in 1952.
Last listing in Film Weekly directory in 1946/7.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/7 = 340

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

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

Howson, D 'The flicks at Armstrong Street' Cinema Record, no. 38, 2002.

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

'First night audience' The Argus Jan 4, 1952 (reports on the opening performance at the Arrow Theatre)

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1916-05-06 Middle Park 1 Armstrong Street
Middle Park
Victoria 3206
300 Suburb Cinema 1
1945-06-16 Melbourne Repertory Theatre

210 Live Theatre
1952-01-04 Arrow