Plaza Cinema

12 Mitchell Street,
Bendigo, VIC 3550

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Architects: Reginald Appleford, Christopher A. Cowper, Gordon Murphy

Firms: Cowper, Murphy, & Appleford

Functions: Gymnasium, Retail

Styles: Spanish Renaissance

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Plaza Cinema

The Plaza Cinema opened on 28th December 1934 with Bing Crosby in “We’re Not Dressing” and Shirley Temple in “Little Miss Marker”. It was the first theatre to be fesigned by architectural firm Cowper, Murphy & Appleford. It was independently operated, and was closed on 20th December 1975 with Bruce Lee in “Fist of Fury” & “The Chinese Connection”.

In 1979, the foyer was converted into retail use. In 2010, the foyer is still in retail use by a mens' clothing store named Gaz Man (it had previously been a Just Jeans store), and the auditorium is in use as a gym. Apparently above the false ceilings there are the original decorative details.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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JohnHolloway on March 6, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Final screening was Saturday December 20, 1975 with the double feature “Fists Of Fury” and “The Chinese Connection”. Following closure, the circle level was extended to the proscenium to accommodate a gymnasium.

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