Savoy News-Luxe Theatre
33 Rundle Mall,
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In the busy shopping heart of Adelaide was the Savoy News-Luxe Theatre, where you could drop in for an hour or so and catch up with the latest world and local news, plus a cartoon and a featurette.
The Savoy News-Luxe Theatre opened on September 26, 1941, and during the remaining World War II years was a popular place for catching up with the latest from the war front.
The lobby entrance was very small and the ticket box was set to the right. With a change of program every Friday, admission was just 1/– (10c).
Above the entrance was the projection room with a small window over looking the foyer. The seating capacity was for 310. The proscenium was tastefully rectangular with a set of French-action curtains.
The ceiling was stepped with stucco plasterwork, while the sidewalls had large Art Deco style moulded plaster designs mounted between Art Deco style wall light-fittings.
CinemaScope was installed in the mid-1950’s, but the impending dawn of TV in 1959 signalled the death-knell of this popular little newsreel theatre.
It closed as the Savoy Theatre on Saturday February 25, 1961.
Under new ownership, the theatre was spruced up and reopened a week later as the Globe Theatre and again screened newsreels for the following eighteen months.
The final nail in the newsreel theatre’s coffin was firmly hammered in at the end of 1962.
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