Chinese Gardens Theatre

North Terrace and Frome Road,
Adelaide, SA 5000

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Chinese Gardens Theatre  North Terrace & Frome Road, Adelaide, SA 5000 - Grand opening  Fri Nov 13, 1936

Located on North Terrace at the corner of Frome Road. Opened on 28th November 1934. Closed in April 1938. Built at the rear of tne Exhibition Buildings(now the Institute of Technology). Demolished(date unknown?), except for the extravagent decorations retained around the miniture golf course built there on the site. The screen went to the Ozone Picture Gardens in Whyalla.

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davidcoppock on March 30, 2020 at 9:08 am

Possibly also called Wondergraph Picture Pavilion. The only known open air picture gardens in Australia to have a theatre organ(possibly under it’s own cover?).

film on April 8, 2020 at 5:45 pm

Chinese Gardens Theatre North Terrace & Frome Road, Adelaide, SA 5000 – Grand opening Fri Nov 13, 1936.

(Source) The Mail (Adelaide, SA : Sat 7 Nov 1936 Page 1

*Chinese Gardens Opening

One more sign of approaching summer — on Friday night the Chinese Gardens Theatre on North terrace will open its doors to open-air picture-goers, and the first programme to be presented will feature the musical ‘production “Show Boat” starring Paul Robeson, Allan Jones, & Irene Dunne.

Fragrant blooms

Electricians, painters, and gardeners are all doing their part to help the theatre shed its winter disguise — rockeries are covered with fragrant blooms, and the shrubs planted specially for the coming season are in leaf. Electricians are at work erecting hundreds of feet of coloured festooning. and even the huge dragon above the proscenium seems interested in the proceedings – Contributed by Greg Lynch –

davidcoppock on April 9, 2020 at 8:08 am

The gong and the man seen in the above picture, look very similar the man striking the gong at the begining of the Rank Organisation films.

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