Plaza Theatre

167 Latrobe Terrace,
Brisbane, QLD 4064

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Opened on 28th August 1930, with 1,250 seats on one large raked level. The vaulted ceiling which was painted dark blue, also featured wooden clouds which were suspended and originally back-lit and there were also lights imitating the stars. The proscenium arch was heavily decorated in a Spanish style. Much of the original decoration still exists. Today the auditorium has three levels and houses the Paddington Antique Centre.

The cinema ceased operating in 1961.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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ilreput
ilreput on May 14, 2007 at 2:30 pm

If anyone has any information about this theatre, please share it. Brisbane is devoid of any Picture Palaces except for this survivor and so it is the most important theatre in the city. If it is lost, it will leave the city as the only one in Australia that has no original 1920s movie houses. Even Toowoomba has the Empire!
One of the most beautiful theatres in Australia, the Brisbane Regent, and Australia’s first Picture palace The Wintergarden (only Brisbane would destroy the first ever built for the sake of a shopping complex), are gone thanks to Brisbane apathy, don’t lose the last one.

atmos
atmos on June 7, 2007 at 3:04 am

Have found some information on this theatre.The architect was Richard Gailey Jnr.After closing in 1961 it was used for indoor basketball until 1968 then was closed until 1974,when a company used the foyer for about a year for their offices.Seating capacity in 1938 was listed at 1250 but by 1960 had been reduced to 932.

atmos
atmos on May 5, 2013 at 7:46 am

Theatre opened on 28 August 1930.

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