Solway Picture Theatre

255 Johnston Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3065

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Architects: W. Rain

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Solway Picture Theatre

Located in the inner city north Melbourne district of Fitzroy. The Solway Picture Theatre was a silent cinema which opened in September 1913. It was operated by the Griffiths and West Property Ltd. The Solway Picture Theatre was designed by Councillor W. Rain of Collingwood.

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Predator on July 27, 2016 at 9:21 am

The Solway theatre opened September 6, 1911. The architect was Councillor W. Rain, of Collingwood. It might be difficult to read, but the seating given in the article is, accommodation for 900 persons, and the gallery at the north end will hold 200.

Predator on July 27, 2016 at 10:19 am

The name of the architect was William Rain.

William Rain was born in 1855 and lived in Collingwood from 1859 until 1916. He was a plumber, but later became an architect with a Collins Street office. From 1901 until 1916 he was a councillor and served one term as mayor.

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