Hoyts Lyceum South Melbourne

100 St. Kilda Road,
Melbourne, VIC 3006

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres, West's Ltd.

Architects: William Pitt

Styles: Moorish

Previous Names: West's Pictures

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Hoyts Lyceum South Melbourne

Located in the inner-city district of South Melbourne close to Prince’s Bridge across the River Yara from downtown. West’s Pictures was opened on 16th September 1909 and was at 2, Sturt Street East (which today does not exist) at the corner of St. Kilda Road. It was built for and operated by T.J. West who went on to add many cinemas to his West’s Ltd. chain. Seating was provided for 3,600-seats in the orchestra and 400-seats in the balcony.

In 1922 it was taken over by Hoyts Theatres and re-named Hoyts Lyceum Theatre. It was one the first suburban cinemas in the Hoyts chain. It had closed by 1946.

Today the modern State Theatre occupies the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe
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