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Plaza / Matthew Flinders / West End / Mornington Cinema

Venue Summary
Name Plaza / Matthew Flinders / West End / Mornington Cinema
Address 1 Main Street, Mornington, Victoria 3931
Operation Dates 1926-01-01 - 1973-02-01
Capacity 352
Suburban/Country Country
Purpose Cinema
Screens 2
1958-01-01 - 1973-02-01 : Exhibitor : Lawrence Brothers
Venue Comments

The earliest reference to a picture theatre in Mornington was found in an Argus newspaper article. It reads "The prospectus of the Mornington Theatre Limited with a capital of £12 000 has been issued. It is intended to build a picture theatre and dance palais on the Esplanade next to the State Savings Bank at a cost of £9500." (Argus Feb 26 1925, p.16)

The Plaza was purchased by Alfred Lawrence of the Lawrence Brothers Talkies in 1948 and for a time managed by Peter Wallace. In 1952 architect Gordon Murphy was employed to re-design the cinema: new carpets, curtains, Dunlopillo seats and a new name The Mathew Flinders. Closure of the Mornington Theatre in 1973 was hastened by an order from the Department of Health about an issue relating to the stability of one of the walls.


Australasian Cinema (4 March 1976, p. 4.) reports on the opening of West End Cinema.

Film Weekly Film Weekly: motion picture directories, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1971

Kilderry, D. 1994. Kino: journal of the Australian Theatre Historical Society, no. 48, p. 32.

Larkin, J 1973, 'The Very Last Picture Show', The Age, 28 February

Lawrence, A 2002 'Lawrence Brothers Talkies', CinemaRecord, no. 39 , pp. 24-9.

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1926-01-01 Plaza Picture Theatre 1 Main Street
Victoria 3931
800 Country Cinema 1
1958-01-01 Matthew Flinders

1976-01-26 West End Cinema

1994-01-01 Mornington Cinema