Adelphi Kinema

127 Main Road, Sea Point,
Cape Town 8005

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Firms: Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner, Walgate & Elsworth

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Adelphi Kinema - De Luxe

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Adelphi Cinema, Sea Point

The Adelphi Kinema was situated on Main Road at the corner of Rhine Road, Sea Point.

It was opened by the Mayor of Cape Town, Councillor the Rev. AJS Lewis, on September 25, 1930 with the film "The Cuckoos" starring Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsley.

The Adelphi Kinema had a restaurant and tea room, a children’s nursery with trained nurses in attendance as well as a ladies lounge.

The original managing staff were, George Seymour (Manager), Luigi Bernard (Catering Manager),
J Gold (Chief Projectionist)

Original entrance fees were (a rather steep) 2/6, 2/- and 1/6.

Kallenbach, Kennedy & Furner and Wallgate & Elsworth were the Architects.
A. Pinner - Building Contractor

The cinema closed in early-1980’s the Adelphi Shopping Centre now occupies the site.

Contributed by M Van Der Leer

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Photos of the Adelphi Kinema and two other theaters here. The Adelphi was in a splendid Streamline Modern building with a rounded end at the corner of Rhine Road. The site is currently occupied by a Pic ‘n Pay store in a building that is anything but splendid.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Street View is a block too far north, but the Google map’s pin icon is about ten blocks too far south. The Adelphi’s building was at the northeast corner of Main Road and Rhine Road.

And Walgate should have only one “l”.

haynesta on May 30, 2020 at 10:10 am

The photograph and the location point do not match. We visited Sea Point in September 2019 and walked past the location point. There is clearly a former cinema here but it’s not the Adelphi shown in the pictures. According to Joe Voegel’s comment, the Adelphi was some 790m closer to the city centre along Main Road. This link shows the current view:,18.3887843,3a,75y,240.1h,104.39t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1se62fQIJF-45881euvcj32w!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en-GB&authuser=0

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