Capitol Saint Peters

Payneham Road and George Street,
Adelaide, SA 5069

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Previously operated by: D. Clifford Theatres Ltd., Rank Organisation

Architects: Clifford M. Chard, Lewis Kaberry

Firms: Kaberry & Chard

Styles: Tudor Revival

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Main Foyer.

The Capitol Theatre was built for Dan Clifford of the Clifford Theatre Circuit in suburban and country South Australia, and was situated in the inner municipality of Saint Peters at the corner of Payneham Road & George Street. He also showed films in the Town Hall. It was one of the more elaborately decorated theatres designed by the Sydney firm of Kaberry and Chard, and as trams on two routes had stops nearby, was very well patronized until the advent of television and later video tapes caused a substantial decline in patronage. It was sold to the Tom the Cheap supermarket chain and demolished when that firm moved out. A small office building was built on the site.

As it was never called by the ‘Star’ name, it escaped re-naming as an ‘Odeon Star’ after the Rank Organisation take-over, and retained the Capitol Theatre name until the end.

One of its fine Austrian crystal chandeliers was removed and hung in the centre of the large indirectly neon lit dome which was a feature of the main foyer of the Art Moderne style Wests Theatre in the city, when that theatre was reduced to the stalls level (called the Royal Reserve) only.

As in some other theatres in the Star Theatre circuit, the main foyer was decorated in Tudor style with a large ingle nook in a faux fireplace and heavy black painted ‘oak’ beams.

Contributed by Brian Pearson (AdelaideREGENT)
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