Cinema and Audience Research Project

Login →

Pavilion / Empress, Williamstown

Venue Summary
Name Pavilion / Empress, Williamstown
Address 22 Garden Street, Williamstown, Victoria 3016
Operation Dates 1935-01-01 - 1959-01-01
Capacity 888
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1935-01-01 - 1959-01-01 : Exhibitor : Southern Theatres Pty Ltd
Venue Comments

Venue: Other Information
According to Catrice, theatre address was 12 Garden Street and opening date was 1912 -established in the Empress Pavilion in which the present building was constructed in 1935. Closing date recorded as 1958. (Catrice, p. 203)

Catrice, D. 1991, Cinemas in Melbourne 1896-1942. Thesis (M.A.) Monash University, 1991.

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. 1946/7-1958/9

Film screenings advertised in The Herald until 1958.

Film Weekly (4 November 1954, p.1) reports the opening of Bill Blackwood's New Empress "built on the site of the old Empress Cinema, which stood there for 53 years previous to being closed down eight months ago to permit the new building to be erected...The Empress has a seating capacity of 700."

Film Weekly (25 September 1958, p.4.) references the possible closure of Empress Theatre. This article also highlights other dates and facts significant to the history of the building.

The Sun 1958, 'Theater to be Factory?', 16 September, p. 3

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1935-01-01 Empress 22 Garden Street
Victoria 3016
1088 Suburb Cinema 1