St. James Theatre
107-111 Elizabeth Street,
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Previously operated by: MGM Theatres
Architects: Henry Eli White
The St. James Theatre opened as a legitimate theatre on 1st April 1926 with the musical “No No Nanette”. It had a seating capacity for 1,773. “Rio Rita” was staged in 1928. Movies were shown from August 1929, however it returned to live theatre in August 1930 for twelve months. The Adamesque style theatre moved permanently to movies in August 1931.
The St. James Theatre was taken over by MGM in 1934 and screened many of the studio’s classic films. The capacity of the theatre was listed in 1955 as 1,609 seats. The grand cinema closed with “Gone With The Wind” on 20 March 1971 and was demolished to make way for a 26 storey office block.
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