South African Theatres and Cinemas - mostly gone

South Africa is negligent of its theatre and cinema heritage. I have grabbed this collection of remaining photos from where I can and in a hurry before they all disappear
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Empire Johannesburg.  The Empire Theatre was situated in Commissioner Street at the corner of Kruis Street - diagonally opposite the Colosseum Theatre. It was a very impressive building and opened in September 1936 to form part of the African  Consolidated Theatres chain. The very stately and ornate auditorium had both stalls and circle seating and when used as a cinema

The Empire Theatre was situated in Commissioner Street at…

Cape Town's first theatre, from an undated Maskew Miller publication of Lady Anne Barnard's diaries

Cape Town's first theatre, from an undated Maskew Miller publication of Lady Anne Barnard's diaries

Cinerama Cinema, Johannesburg. The Cinerama Theatre was situated in Claim Street, Johannesburg  and opened in April 1961. Its seating capacity was 993. The theatre was closed on 27 February 1986 and converted into a discotheque.

The Cinerama Theatre was situated in Claim Street, Johannesburg and opened in April Its seating capacity was The theatre was closed on 27 February 1986 and converted into a discotheque.

Being a flagship cinema, the Colosseum employed a concierge (who  controlled the queues - informing patrons about the availability of seats) at  least six doormen and a large number of usherettes - all decked out in  maroon-coloured uniforms. During the 1960s Ms. Lou Botha was the head  usherette, Mr. Van Der Linde the chief projectionist and the cinema was  managed by the distinguished George Seymour. After Seymour's death he  was succeeded by Henry  Ascar.

The Colosseum Theatre in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, was opened by General Smuts on October 1933 and became the flagship of African Cons.

Majestic cinema Fordsburg, Johannesburg. nonqaba-cinemamytake.blogspot.co.za

Majestic cinema Fordsburg, Johannesburg. nonqaba-cinemamytake.blogspot.co.za

Colosseum Johannesburg, sometime in the 1930s

The Colosseum Theatre in Commissioner Street, Johannesburg, was opened by General Smuts on October 1933 and became the flagship of African Cons.

Metro cinema, Johannesburg. The Metro Theatre became the leading social gathering place for Johannesburg cinemagoers who had never seen such luxury before. The awesome splendour and size of the auditorium have never been equalled in South African history for a single screen cinema.

Old Jo'burg. I don't remember any of this but my husband says he recalls this movie house - before SterKinekor & Nu Metro

EMBASSY Durban CINEMA  SOUVENIRS  The elegant Embassy Theatre was situated in Smith Street, Durban and opened its doors  in 1955. The seating capacity was 1974 contained in both stalls and circle sections.  After 34 years, the cinema was closed on Saturday 15 April 1989.

EMBASSY Durban CINEMA SOUVENIRS The elegant Embassy Theatre was situated in Smith Street, Durban and opened its doors in The seating capacity was 1974 contained in both stalls and circle sections. After 34 years, the cinema was closed on Saturday 15 April

Plaza cinema Johannesburg, about the time of its opening 1931

The Plaza Theatre was built in 1931 and the architect was Stanley Furner. It was equipped with a Wurlitzer theatre organ that was ope.

20th Century Johannesburg. The decor could be described as 'modern contemporary' and certainly not atmospheric. The auditorium was decorated by Ernest Ullmann who used a giant relief map of the world on the auditorium walls as a symbolic figure of moving entertainment covering the hemispheres.

20th Century Johannesburg. The decor could be described as 'modern contemporary' and certainly not atmospheric. The auditorium was decorated by Ernest Ullmann who used a giant relief map of the world on the auditorium walls as a symbolic figure of moving entertainment covering the hemispheres.

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