Paris Theatre

243 Bourke Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

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The decoration in this theatre was Edwardian when the Paramount Theatre opened in December 1915. Theatre changed it’s name to the Lyceum Theatre in 1932. The style remained until 1963 when the walls were covered by curtains, which also included the foyers. It became the Cleopatra Theatre for the film of the same name and then in 1965 became the Paris Theatre. It closed in January 1970 and was demolished a short time later.

The seating capacity listed was from 1950.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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RobertR
RobertR on March 3, 2005 at 12:32 pm

It’s interesting about the theatre being named “The Cleopatra” for the run of the film. I wonder if any other theatre named themselve for the film?

atmos
atmos on March 3, 2005 at 7:09 pm

Actually,RobertR,there was another theatre here in Melbourne which when it first opened in December 1964 was called the My Fair Lady theatre for the screening of that film and then changed it’s name to the Palladium Theatre.These are the only two examples that I know of,but there were probably others.

JohnHolloway
JohnHolloway on March 3, 2010 at 1:48 am

Naming these two cinemas “Cleopatra” and “My Fair Lady” was a loop-hole around (then) Melbourne City Council by-law that banned film advertising to be displayed above the awning of a cinema. Accordingly, both films were then able to be promoted with huge back-lit and neon flashing displays across the facade of the buildings, all in the guise of the theatre’s “name”.

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