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Metro Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
20 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC

Record #321  
 Opened: 1912
 Closed: 1971
 Current Use: Night Club
Capacity: 1422 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: National Amphitheatre, Palace, Apollo, Saint James

Information for this tour was contributed by Ken Roe.

Built as a live theatre with three levels of seating in stalls, lounge and dress circle it opened as Fullers New Amphitheatre, later becoming the Palace and during 1934 the Apollo. In 1940 it was re-named St James Theatre and began screening MGM films. It reverted back to the Palace name for a short while when it was operated by an independent operator.

MGM took control again in 1952 and re-vamped the building giving it the name Metro. MGM pulled out and closed the cinema down on 14th April 1971 with the final film being "I Walk the Line" starring Gregory Peck. It went over to live theatre use again until 1986 before operating unsuccessfully as an independent cinema for a short while.

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March 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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Last featured 2002-12-27. Last edited 1/7/2006.

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