Athenaeum Hall

790-806 Doncaster Road,
Melbourne, VIC 3108

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Styles: Neo-Classical

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Athenaeum Hall 790-806 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, VIC – 1954

Located in the east Melbourne suburb of Doncaster. The Athenaeum Hall was screening films from the late-1920’s. It was still open in 1964.

Later, the front of the building was lost to widening of the main Doncaster Road, and in 1987, it was being used as the Elderly Chinese Citizens Club, who remained in the building until July 2001, when it was demolished. A tennis club now stands on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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curmudgeon on January 6, 2015 at 5:53 am

Remember visiting this hall on a school excursion a number of times to see (boring) “educational documentaries”, while being thrilled by foyer daybills advertising what was screening on Fri/Sat nights. Probably a 16mm house, can’t imagine 35mm equipment ever being installed in this community hall, which, at the time, Doncaster was like the back-of-beyond, unlike the thriving community it is today. Sad though that this bluestone building was not preserved for historical listing and appreciation.

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