Grand Theatre

6 Paisley Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3011

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Grand Theatre

Located in the Footscray district of Melbourne. The Grand Theatre was opened as a cinema on 18th November 1911. Seating was provided in stalls and balcony levels.

It was refurbished in 1935, re-opening as the New Grand Theatre. By the late-1950’s it was the Grand Theatre again. In later years, the balcony was extended forward to the proscenium to create a 500-seat cinema in the upstairs area, with the foyer and stalls area converted into retail use.

The Grand Cinema closed on 8th April 1987 with Meryl Streep in “Heartburn”. It was converted into a bingo club, and the facade was covered with metal sheeting.

The bingo club was closed in the mid-2000’s, and the retail use became storage. I believe the building is now totally unused.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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