Colosseum Theatre

233 Anton Lembede Street,
Durban 4001

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Architects: Percy Rogers Cooke, William Hutchinson Mason

Functions: Performing Arts

Styles: Moorish

Previous Names: Prince's Theatre, Prince's Cinema De Luxe

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 27031.369.9596

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Colosseum Theatre

Located on Smith Street (today renamed Anton Lembede Street) and adjacent to the Playhouse Theatre. Originally opened in 1926 as the Prince’s Theatre with a seating capacity of 1,531. In 1964 it was closed and remodeled into the Colosseum Theatre, playing ‘roadshow’ films in a newly congured auditorium that seated 1,344.

Contributed by Graeme McBain

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johnmartin on July 19, 2005 at 9:17 pm

The Colosseum Theatre Durban was a complete refurbishment of the old Prince’s Theatre which was situated next to the Embassy Theatre. This happened in the late 1960s to accommodate the so-called ‘road show’ presentations in 70mm of Fox Theatres who owned the cinema chain which was formerly operated by African Consolidated Theatres.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on September 8, 2006 at 1:10 pm

Originally opened as the Prince’s Theatre in July 1926, it was equipped with an Estey organ that was opened by William Bohm.

It has now been amalgamated with the adjacent Playhouse Theatre and is in use as part of a five venue performing arts center.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

This web page says that the Prince’s Theatre was designed by architect William Hutchinson Mason. The renovation of this house and the adjacent Playhouse Theatre as the Playhouse Theatre Complex in 1985-86 was handled by the firm of Small & Pettit & Robson.

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