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The Metro Theatre was situated in Bree Street on the corner of Von Brandis Street, Johannesburg and was opened by MGM on 4th November 1932. It would become the largest cinema in South Africa with a seating capacity of 2,800. Magnificently appointed in a French style, the spacious downstairs foyer (lobby) was luxuriously carpeted and led to a grand staircase which was the cinema’s main feature.
It became the leading social gathering place for Johannesburg cinemagoers who had never seen such luxury before – including the well-appointed gents and ladies rest rooms.
Sadly the cinema was closed in the 1970’s with the rise in popularity of multi-screen complexes which became the rage.
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