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Montrose Public Hall Theatre

Venue Summary
Name Montrose Public Hall Theatre
Address Mt Dandenong Road, Montrose, Victoria 3765
Operation Dates 1951-09-12 - 1970-01-01
Capacity 180
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Hall
Screens 1
1951-09-12 - 1953-01-01 : Exhibitor : Kerr, William
1954-01-01 - 1958-01-01 : Exhibitor : Irving, V.R.
1959-01-01 - 1970-01-01 : Exhibitor : Dodge, Brian
Venue Comments

Montrose Public Hall was built in 1915 and was also known as the Montrose Theatre when regular cinema screenings were held in later years.

"By the beginning of the 1960s regular film screenings were still surviving the impact of television under the exhibitor Brian Dodge, but eventually even the Saturday night film show succumbed as it did in so many small venues in the outer-east of Melbourne around about the mid 1960s." (Seccombe, p. 10)

Closing date based on last listing in Film Weekly.

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1948/49 = 200
1952/53-1961/62 = 150
1962/63-1969/70 = 180

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. 1948/9-1969/70

Film Weekly (13 September 1951, p.1.) reports on gala opening of the theatre's first public performance. Also references W Kerr as the man operating the theatre (also operates shows at Bayswater and Warrandyte)

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
1951-09-12 Montrose Theatre Mt Dandenong Road
Victoria 3765
200 Suburb Hall 1