New Mentone Theatre

188 Nepean Highway,
Melbourne, VIC 3195

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New Mentone Theatre

Located in the outer south Melbourne district of Mentone, at the corner of Nepean Highway and Balcombe Road. The New Mentone Theatre was opened on 5th May 1928 with Gary Cooper in “Beau Sabreur” & “Jesse James”. By 1946 it was operated by Fowler & Carr Theatres Property Ltd. They were still the operators when it closed on September 25, 1961.

It was demolished in 1962 to enable the widening of Nepean Highway.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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film on September 2, 2019 at 3:17 pm

The New Mentone Theatre, located on the corner of Balcombe Road and Point Nepean Road, opened on Saturday 5 May 1928, with live entertainment and movies. Seating catered for 1306. Paramount films presented a double bill, Beau Sabreur supported by Jesse James as the gala program. Although opening in the days of silent movies, Albert Lydford: Builder of The New Picture Theatre at Mentone considered himself an Entrepreneur & a Showman, and was quick to realize talking pictures were the future and installed Western Electric sound equipment. Mentone became the first suburban theatre in Victoria to screen talkies. The New Mentone was at first run by its builders, Mr A. E. Lydford and his three sons, until the depression in 1931 forced them to sell the theatre. It was then run by Fowler & Carr Theatres Property Ltd, who ran the theatre for most of its life. When the Carr family bought Mentone Theatre they also operated the Paramount at Mordialloc, which in 1938 became The Regent. The Mentone & Mordialloc theatres began switching the program in 1936, and continued until the closure of both theatres – After the advent of TV in 1956 attendances collapsed. The theatre went dark on September 25, 1961, and was demolished the following year to enable the widening of the Nepean Highway. Fowler & Carr Theatres Property Ltd. were still the operators when it closed. Contributed by Greg Lynch –

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