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Soldiers Open Air / Memorial Hall, Mitcham

Venue Summary
Name Soldiers Open Air / Memorial Hall, Mitcham
Address Cnr Whitehorse Road & McDowell Street, Mitcham, Victoria 3132
Operation Dates 1921-01-01 - 1963-01-01
Capacity 325
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1926-10-01 - 1962-01-01 : Exhibitor : Mitcham Pictures Pty. Ltd.
1962-01-01 - 1963-01-01 : Exhibitor : Stewart, R. W.
Venue Comments

"The Memorial Hall operated first as a silent cinema, but in June 1931 the talkies came. Regular film shows were finished by the 1960s, the last operator described as Mitcham Pictures Pty Ltd... However, films continued to be shown right up until demolition of the Memorial Hall as it was the home of the Blackburn and Mitcham Film Society who screened in 16 mm...Despite considerable public outcry the Memorial Hall was demolished by the Council in 1988 to make way for a "commercial development" which took a long time in coming." (Seccombe, p. 7)

Closing date based on last listing in Film Weekly.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/7-1949/50 = 550
1950/51-1962/63 = 325

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. 1946/7-1962/63

Seccombe, R. 1999 'Out in the sticks: early cinema in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs' CinemaRecord no. 24, pp. 4-10

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1921-01-01 Soldiers Open Air Cnr Whitehorse Road & McDowell Street
Victoria 3132

Suburb Cinema 1
1926-01-01 Memorial Hall, Mitcham