Western Theatre

43 Melville Road,
Melbourne, VIC 3055

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Previously operated by: Greater Union Theatres

Functions: Community Center

Previous Names: Marco Polo Cinema

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Western Theatre

Located in the Melbourne suburb of Brunswick West. The Western Theatre was opened in early-1928. It was built by independent operators, but was operated at the beginning by the Greater Union Theatres chain. Occasional live shows were part of the programme until the outbreak of World War II. The Western Theatre was closed on 28th May 1960.

In 1961, it became a store for the New England Loading Equipment Co. It then became a live theatre, and this was followed by a name change to Marco Polo Cinema, which specialised in Italian films. This closed in 1974, and the building was converted into an Estonian Cultural Centre, which remains open in 2011.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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