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Ringwood Town Hall

Venue Summary
Name Ringwood Town Hall
Address Cnr Whitehorse Road & Melbourne Street, Ringwood, Victoria 3134
Operation Dates 1936-01-01 - 1967-01-01
Capacity 700
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Hall
Screens 1
1946-01-01 - 1953-01-01 : Exhibitor : Woodville Talkies
1953-01-01 - 1961-01-01 : Exhibitor : Kirby's Theatres Pty Ltd
1961-01-01 - 1967-01-01 : Exhibitor : Baker, William
Venue Comments

"Ringwood's first hall was the Mechanics Institute, built in 1909 on the same site, the corner of Whitehorse Road and Melbourne Street. This was later replaced by the much more substantial Town Hall building in 1927 with the addition of a new theatre and smaller concert hall in 1936. It was in this theatre that regular film screenings were later held." (Seccombe, p. 8)

Film Weekly lists the Ringwood Town Hall as a theatre venue from 1946-1967.
From 1946 to 1952 Woodville Talkies are recorded as venue exhibitors and the seating capacity is recorded as 753. From 1953 G. J Kirby (later Kirby Theatres) is recorded as the exhibitor, and in 1961 W Baker. Seating capacity is reduced to 700 in 1962.

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7- 1966/7.

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
1936-01-01 Ringwood Town Hall Cnr Whitehorse Road & Melbourne Street
Victoria 3134
753 Suburb Hall 1