Adelphi Cinema

127 Main Road, Sea Point,
Cape Town 8005

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The Adelphi Kinema was situated in Main Road, Sea Point.

It was opened by the Mayor of Cape Town, Councillor the Rev. AJS Lewis, on September 25, 1930 with the film "The Cuckoos" starring Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsley.

The Adelphi had a restaurant and tea room, a children’s nursery with trained nurses in attendance as well as a ladies lounge.

The original managing staff were, George Seymour (Manager), Luigi Bernard (Catering Manager),
J Gold (Chief Projectionist)

Original entrance fees were (a rather steep)
2/6, 2/– and 1/6.

Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner and Wallgate & Elsworth were the Architects.
A. Pinner – Building Contractor

The cinema closed in early 1980’s the Adelphi Shopping Centre now occupies the site.

Contributed by M Van Der Leer

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Photos of the Adelphi Kinema and two other theaters here. The Adelphi was in a splendid Streamline Modern building with a rounded end at the corner of Rhine Road. The site is currently occupied by a Pic ‘n Pay store in a building that is anything but splendid.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Street View is a block too far north, but the Google map’s pin icon is about ten blocks too far south. The Adelphi’s building was at the northeast corner of Main Road and Rhine Road.

And Walgate should have only one “l”.

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