Semaphore Cinema

14 Semaphore Road,
Adelaide, SA 5019

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The Proscenium Arch.

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Located in the north-western Adelaide sea-side suburb of Semaphore. This was originally built in 1884 as the Mechanics Institute. It became the Semaphore Town Hall in 1889.

In 1929, it was extensively renovated and converted into a cinema, known as the Ozone Theatre. The magnificent Art Deco style proscenium and plaster panels on the side-walls date from this era. Seating was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. It was operated by the Hoyts Theatres/Ozone Theatres chain in the 1950’s.

From 1977 until closing as a cinema in 1985, it was independently operated as the Semaphore Cinema. The building was restored in 1993, and converted into the towns' library.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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