Kine Elite

28 Regent Road, Sea Point,
Cape Town

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The Odeon Cinema was opened by the then Mayor of Cape Town, Mr. W Brinton on Thursday, November 28th, 1940, as part of the Western Province Cinemas (Pty) Ltd. chain.

The architects were, M Policansky & Hanson, Tomkin, Finkelstein.

The Odeon opened with the feature "Stanley and Livingstone" starring Spencer Tracy. On that occasion the supporting programme consisted of The "Movietone News", a technicolour cartoon "The Orphan Duck", "British Movietone News" and "Topnotch Tennis" (Ed Thorgerson’s Sport Review).

The Odeon’s original managing staff were:– Manager – Mr. JL Cathro and Chief Projectionist – Mr. D Mills.
It was the first cinema in Cape Town to be fully air-conditioned with the aid of refrigerating plant for the absolute control of temperature and humidity.

During the 1950’s the Odeon along with its sister cinema, the "Curzon" in Wynberg, became part of the Empire Films Theatres chain.

In 1970, the Odeon became part of the Ster Cinemas chain (later Ster Kinekor) and was renovated and renamed Kine Elite.

The Kine Elite closed in the mid 1990’s, and was later demolished. An office block now occupies on the site.

Contributed by M Van Der Leer
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