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Circle Theatre, Preston

Venue Summary
Name Circle Theatre, Preston
Address 499 High Street, Preston, Victoria 3072
Operation Dates 1938-11-26 - 1961-01-01
Capacity 933
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
Venue Comments

"The "Circle Theatre" was one of several cinemas which opened in Preston during the movie boom time from the late 1930s, through World War 2 into the 1950s, when drive-in cinemas and television became popular.

In 1938, Hoyts commissioned architects Cowper, Murphy and Applegate to design the Circle Theatre at around the same time as an independent operator had The Sun Theatre in Yarraville built in a very similar design. It opened in November 1938 and continued into the early 1960s. Hoyts sold it for use as a dance studio, and the occasional wedding reception was held there in the mid 1970s. It was eventually demolished in1 976 to make way for the Circle Arcade" (Darebin Historical Encyclopedia)

Film Weekly records the following changes in capacity:
1946/47-1949/50 = 914
1950/51-1951/52 = 923
1952/52-1961/62 = 933


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

Cook, R 1995 'Hoyts Circle Theatre Preston' CinemaRecord no. 7. p. 11

Darebin Libraries, Darebin Historical Encyclopedia, viewed 30 March 2010,

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1961/62

'New Preston theatre'. The Argus. November 26, 1938. p.10
... The Circle, a new brick theatre added to the circuit of Hoytes Theatres Ltd, was officially opened by the Mayor of Preston (Councillor F G Pike) in the presence of 600 guests...
Thorne, R 1981, 'Cinema of Australia via US', pp.121-123.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1938-11-26 Circle Theatre 499 High Street
Victoria 3072
914 Suburb Cinema 1