155 Oxford Street,
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Architects: Samuel B. Rosenthal
Functions: Movies (First Run), Movies (Independent)
Previous Names: New Oxford Theatre, Mantra's Nickelodeon Theatre, Olympia Theatre, Star Cinema
Located on Oxford Street at the northwest corner of Vincent Street. The 1,286-seat New Oxford Theatre opened on 2nd March 1927 with William Boyd in “Steel Preferred”. First presentation of talkies at the theatre 30th September 1929. The New Oxford Theatre closed in 1968. Reopened in 1971 as Mantra’s Nickelodeon Theatre, name changed to Oxford Theatre in 1972, and changed again to Olympia Theatre in 1974, and back to New Oxford Theatre in 1980.
The theatre was twinned in 1982, with cinema 2 becoming Star Cinema(showing adult movies). The theatre added two more cinemas next door inside some disused shops. The theatre is still operating.
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The New Oxford Theatre opened on 2/3/1927. The original name is still on the building(Oxford Street side).
The New Oxford Theatre opened on 2/3/1927 with Unit 1 – “overture(a pot pourii of popular melodies(by the New Oxford Orchestra))”, Unit 2 – “The New Oxford animated review of tropical events”, Unit 3 – “official opening by the Hon. Minister for Works(A.C. McCallum, MLA)”, Unit 4 – “comedy(20 minutes of fun)”, Unit 5 – “Steteoscopiks(novelty film)”, Unit 6 – “Miss Beryl Mills(Miss Australia) in Hollywood”, Unit 7 – “Vaudeville(various acts)”, Interval, Unit 8 – “Entracte(The parade of the Tin Soliders(by the New Oxford Orchestra))”, Unit 9 – (main film) – Steel Preferred", and finished by playing “God Save The King”.
I think the Star Cinema only lasted a few years(?), before going back to being part of the New Oxford Theatre. I think the longest film run there(and possibly in Western Australia or even Australia?) was “The Gods must be crazy, which for over 2 years(possibly even over 3 years?) which saved the theatre in the 1980’s.
The movie “The Gods must be crazy” ran in this cinema for 3 years.
4 more screens were opened in late december 2017, up in recently closed down fish and tackle shop with 4 more screens adiing another combined 164 seats.
Star Cinema only lasted a few years(i think?) before becoming part of New Oxford again(now Luna Leederville).
The 4 new screens have indoor and outdoor lounge seating areas, and new toilets and candy bar and ticket booth and modifications to the building facade.