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Mechanics Institute / Public Hall, Warandyte

Venue Summary
Name Mechanics Institute / Public Hall, Warandyte
Address Cnr Yarra Street & Mitchell Svenue, Warrandyte, Victoria 3113
Operation Dates 1952-01-01 - 1960-01-01
Capacity 180
Suburban/Country Country
Purpose Hall
Screens 1
Roles
1952-01-01 - 1953-01-01 : Exhibitor : Kerr, William
1955-01-01 - 1956-01-01 : Exhibitor : Kempston, B. V.
1957-01-01 - 1959-01-01 : Exhibitor : Bayswater Theatres Pty. Ltd.
1959-01-01 - 1960-01-01 : Exhibitor : Baker, William
Venue Comments

"The Warrandyte Hall was never more than an occasional home for film shows for the cinema had to compete with everything from public meetings to amateur dramatics, the latter being its chief activity in later years.

The picture shows were operated by an independent exhibitor using, it's believed, only 16mm projection gear. The hall seated something in the order of 180 people." (Seccombe, p. 8)

References
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. 1952/3-1959/60

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 /
Longitude
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1952-01-01 Warrandyte Public Hall Cnr Yarra Street & Mitchell Svenue
Warrandyte
Victoria 3113
-37.73737
145.219778
180 Country Hall 1