Shaft Adult Cinema
264 Swanston Street,
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Functions: Bar, Restaurant
Previous Names: Shaft Sinema
Located in Melbourne city centre. The Shaft Sinema opened in 1971 as a single screen adult cinema. In 1988 it gained a second 75-seat screen upstairs which had been the Barrel Theatrette (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures), and was renamed the Ram Cinema, that screened gay male adult films.
It was renovated in 2008 with new seating in the original downstairs screen that operates 24 hours daily and has a seating capacity for around 33. The upstairs screen was converted into a luxury Blue Class Adult Cinema, with a limited number of wide leather reclining chairs, that can be booked in advance. The projection was Blu-Ray high definition with Dolby sound.
The Shaft Adult Cinema was closed on 20th September 2009, and in February 2010, it was being gutted to become restaurants and a bar.
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A photograph of the Shaft Adult Cinema, taken during a visit to Melbourne that I organised for the Cinema Theatre Association (UK) in February 2006:
Porno down under???
A photograph I took of the closed Shaft Adult Cinema in February 2010:
The building is now a restaurant(Noodle Kingdom) on level 1(and level 2?), a restaurant(Gong De Lin) on level 3), a bar(Goldilocks) on level 4, and a cocktail bar(House of Corrections) on level 4 and the rooftop.
Opened on 20/r/1978. 2nd screen opened on 15/5/1988 by taking over tne Barrel Theatrette. Closed on 20/9/2009.
Second screen had 75 seats.