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Diamond Picture Theatre / Theatre Rex, St Kilda

Venue Summary
Name Diamond Picture Theatre / Theatre Rex, St Kilda
Address 1 Chapel Street, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Operation Dates 1912-01-01 - 1917-01-01
Capacity 1000
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Unknown
Screens 1
Venue Comments

The Diamond Picture Theatre opened in July 1912. It's address was given in the paper (July 27, 1912) as Prahran, though in fact this building is listed in the St Kilda Council rate Book at this time and subsequently.
Seating capacity noted as 1,000.

According to John Davey (1986, p.7) any mention of the Diamond dissappeared after a couple of months, but re-surfaced in May 1913 as the Rex Theatre. Of note he also states that the St Kilda Council file on the Astor refers to the building "formerly known as the Rex", at the same address, and an article in the Prahran Telegraph (June 13 1914 refers to "...the Diamond Theatre, now the Rex".

Operation dates loosely based on telephone directories.

Sands and Mc Dougall 1913-1917 (listed as the Diamond Theatre 1913, 14 & 15, listed as the Rex 1917)
Davey, J 1986 'Cinema in Prahran and neighbouring areas: 1910 to 1917' (Unpublished research- see Bertand Files)

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1912-07-01 Diamond Picture Theatre, St Kilda Chapel Street
St Kilda
Victoria 3182
1000 Suburb Cinema 1
1913-05-01 Theatre Rex, St Kilda 1 Chapel Street