New Mentone Theatre

188 Nepean Highway,
Melbourne, VIC 3195

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New Mentone Theatre 188 Nepean Highway, Victoria Australia - Clearly viewed from the air - 1951

The New Mentone Theatre clearly seen from the air - photo dated 1951

The New Mentone Theatre opened with grand ceremonial on May 5th, 1928. It was a black tie affair with live entertainment and movies. Two Paramount films, Beau Sabreur and Jesse James, advertised as Hollywood’s latest offerings, attracted a full house. A young Gary Cooper played the lead in Beau Sabreur, a swashbuckling adventure based on the French Foreign Legion. Evelyn Brent and William Powell were his supporting actors. In addition, the Mentone Symphony Orchestra played renditions from Faust accompanied by well-known classical singers from Melbourne. Before the entertainment the Mordialloc Mayor, Cr Dave White, officially opened the cinema, and the chairman of the company, Thomas Davies, made a glowing speech about its future - Article courtesy of Kingston Local History - Contributed by Greg Lynch -

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