Metro Theatre

10 St Georges Mall Street,
Cape Town 8001

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Located in the city centre on St Georges Street (today St Georges Mall Street) and the corner of Waterkank Street. The Plaza Cinema was built in 1932. It was later re-named Metro Theatre.

It was demolished in the late-1970’s and the NBS Building was built on the site.

Contributed by Graeme McBain, Ken Roe

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 12:26 am

This web page says that the Plaza Kinema was designed by Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner, with Walgate & Ellsworth. This was the same team that designed the Capitol and Adelphi Theatres in Cape Town.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 8:46 pm

Because these blocks of St. George’s Mall and Waterkant Street were inaccessible to Google’s camera car there is no good street view of the site of the Metro Theatre. If you look southwest along the Mall from Riebeek Street, the African Bank on the right is at 6 St. George’s Mall, so the Metro’s site was under the footprint of the gray concrete building just beyond it, which extends to the corner of Waterkant Street. The Colosseum Theatre was across the mall from the African Bank building, so this block had two of Cape Town’s movie palaces.

The only photo I can find showing the Metro is this general view of St. George’s Street, probably taken around 1950m lookingsouthwest from a block northeast of Riebeek Street. The Metro is on the right in the second block. On the left side of the street the first four letters on the Colosseum’s vertical sign can be seen.

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