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Local Hall/ Loyalty, Ferntree Gully

Venue Summary
Name Local Hall/ Loyalty, Ferntree Gully
Address 3 Rose Street, Ferntree Gully, Upper, Victoria 3156
Operation Dates 1939-01-01 - 1971-01-01
Capacity 409
Suburban/Country Country
Purpose Cinema
Screens 1
1939-01-01 - 1950-01-01 : Exhibitor : Spalding, E.
1951-01-01 - 1959-01-01 : Exhibitor : Peters, L.C. & H.W.
1960-01-01 - 1971-01-01 : Exhibitor : Farmer, R.
Venue Comments

Public Building Files:
Submission of application for approval of opening with the name of the building as Loyalty Pictures dated 25/09/1939.
Plan includes seating capacity of 376.
Owner of the bulding as Mr Charles Spalding.

Closed down shortly in 1967/8 and changed hands. Inspection report dated April 1968 states "Mr Weybury is no longer showing at this theatre, in fact theatre has been closed for films for several months." In 1972, reopened as a live theatre, home to The 1812 Theatre Company.

Listed as Local Hall from 1943-1946, then as Loyalty from 1947-1970. Bertrand, I Cinema file: Ferntree Gully (unpublished research).


Craven, N 1967, 'Loyalty at Ferntree Gully' in The Showman, June 15, p.13.

Film Weekly, Film Weekly: motion picture directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1969/70

PROV, VPRS 7882/P1 Public Building Files, Unit 1034, PB 8838

Seccombe, R. 1999 'Out in the sticks: early cinema in Melbourne's outer eastern suburbs', CinemaRecord no. 24, pp. 4-10.

"Victorian showman sells theatre-on trip to UK", Film Weekly, Feb 23, 1950, p. 1.
Article makes reference to change of ownership- Charlie Spalding sold Loyalty Theatre to LC and HW Peters

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1939-01-01 Loyalty, Ferntree Gully 3 Rose Street
Ferntree Gully, Upper
Victoria 3156
376 Country Cinema 1