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Planet Theatre

2004 Photo from the Ken Roe collection.
1 High Street
Preston VIC

Record #372  
 Opened: March 30, 1939
 Closed: 1960
 Current Use: Auto Repair Shop
Capacity: 900 seats
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As:

Information for this tour was contributed by Brian Membrey.

The Planet Theatre on the corner on High and Miller Streets opened on 30 March, 1939, under the management of W. H. Edmonds and as part of the Star Theatre Company.

The architect was Mr. R. Le-Poer Terry and the builder Geo. Prentice Pty. Ltd., the theatre featuring "Dunlopillo seats, deaf aids in both the stalls and dress circle, and a crying room at the back of the stalls with separate speakers and volume control", the latter presumably for the soundtrack and not the crying child!

Edmonds also suggested that a private car park would be available for patrons alongside the theatre as soon as building materials had been removed.

It was noted that the theatre had long-term contracts in place with both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Paramount Pictures; the opening night feature, Love Finds Any Hardy, starring Mickey Rooney, Lewis Stone, Judy Garland and Lana Turner.

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March 2004 photos from the Ken Roe collection.

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