Colonial Theatre, 525 George Street, Sydney, NSW

Excerpts from Moving Picture World, May 28. 1910:

MPW May2810

“There are now over fifty moving picture theaters in full swing in Sidney and suburbs and there are four more just on the point of completion and will open inside of another week.

“We reproduce herewith a photograph of The Colonial, Sydney, which is known as Australia’s first continuous moving picture show. The house, which is modeled after the prevailing American style, owned and managed by J.D. Williams, and American from Spokane, Wash.

“Mr. Williams has recently spent $8,000 in alterations and decorations, but he is in the right with the antipodeans, as he is filling his house and making money.”


Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

He is available for theatre talks and walks in 2015: historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

AustraliaWikipedia: Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. It is the world’s sixth-largest country by total area. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.


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