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Sunbury Memorial Hall

Venue Summary
Name Sunbury Memorial Hall
Address Stawell Street, Sunbury, Victoria 3429
Operation Dates 1938-01-01 - 9999-12-31
Capacity 300
Suburban/Country Suburb
Purpose Hall
Screens 1
1938-01-01 - 1959-01-01 : Exhibitor : Boardman, E. L. F.
Venue Comments

Olympia Szilagyi note: spoke with Kath Tremlett who worked the ticket box during the 50s. According to her it operated as a cinema as early as 1927. It burnt down in 1937 and was re opened in 1938, screening films on Wednesdays and Saturday afternoons and evenings.

Film Weekly Motion Picture Directory includes this venue in the 'Victorian Theatres and Exhibitors' list, from 1946/7 to 1958/9. E.L.F Boardman recorded as sole exhibitor.

John Stoward and Tony Cordner began screening films in the Memorial Hall opening on January 13 1968. In 1970 the hall was again rented for films to Mr Bowerman. (King 2003). Both of these ventures did not last long, though operation dates are yet to be confirmed.

"In 1972, Stawell Street, Sunbury was closed to traffic for a convention focused on better lifestyle concepts organised by the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. Following this landmark event, Stawell Street was not reopened, thus creating the Village Green, a park for public use. Historic features of this precinct include churches, the Sunbury Memorial Hall, Starkie Memorial and the Sunbury Gun." (Hume City Council, 2008)

Film Weekly. Film Weekly: Motion Picture Directory, Film Weekly, Sydney. 1946/7-1958/9

Hume Ciity Council. Hume City Council: Heritage & History. Last updated, January 10 2008. Available at:

King, R. 2003, 'Last films at Sunbury Memorial Hall' Cinema Record no.40, p.32

Venue Events
Event Date Name of Venue Address Latitude /
Capacity Suburban Purpose Screens
1938-01-01 Town Hall Stawell Street
Victoria 3429
300 Suburb Hall 1
1949-01-01 Memorial Hall