Savoy News-Luxe Theatre

33 Rundle Mall,
Adelaide, SA 5000

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Savoy Theatre, Globe Theatre

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Savoy Newsluxe and Sturt Theatre, Rundle Street, Adelaide.

In the busy shopping heart of Adelaide was the Savoy News-Luxe Theatre, where you could drop in for an hour or so and catch up with the latest world and local news, plus a cartoon and a featurette.

The Savoy Theatre was opened on 18th December 1936. It became the Savoy News-Luxe Theatre on September 26, 1941, and during the remaining World War II years was a popular place for catching up with the latest from the war front.

The lobby entrance was very small and the ticket box was set to the right. With a change of program every Friday, admission was just 1/- (10c).

Above the entrance was the projection room with a small window over looking the foyer. The seating capacity was for 310. The proscenium was tastefully rectangular with a set of French-action curtains.

The ceiling was stepped with stucco plasterwork, while the sidewalls had large Art Deco style moulded plaster designs mounted between Art Deco style wall light-fittings.

CinemaScope was installed in the mid-1950’s, but the impending dawn of TV in 1959 signalled the death-knell of this popular little newsreel theatre.

It closed as the Savoy Theatre on Saturday February 25, 1961.

Under new ownership, the theatre was spruced up and reopened a week later as the Globe Theatre and again screened newsreels for the following eighteen months.

The final nail in the newsreel theatre’s coffin was firmly hammered in at the end of 1962.

Contributed by KinoCQ/Australian Cinema And Theatre Society

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

sall on July 3, 2004 at 5:29 am

Many seniors such as myself and my husband will recall that this theater was often used as an escape from the heat or cold, when shopping in Adelaide after the War wirh our parents. It was not ALWAYS the news, but a news and quick footup, for a short while in the days when we lived pre-airconditioning etc. NEWS AND A BREAK quite often at this lovely old cinema!!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 21, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Thanks sal, a lot of theatres here in the Southeast{USA}tended to sell Air Condition as much as the Movie playing.If you look at old ads from the 40’s to 50’s they let you know its “COOL INSIDE”.

DavidZornig on May 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

As Globe Theatre, 11/30/62 photo added courtesy Adelaide Yesterday and Today Facebook page.

davidcoppock on May 22, 2019 at 7:54 am

The building is now a department store(Harvey Norman), a sports store(Rebel), a phone store(Telstra Shop), a post office(Australia Post), and a fashion store(Bardot).

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