Protea Cinema

Main Street,
Paarl 7646

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Architects: William Hood Grant

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Located in the town of Paarl, to the northeast of Cape Town. The Protea Cinema opened in 1939. It was designed by William Hood Grant.

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fleshfields on August 5, 2009 at 5:41 am

There are 8 more photos of the Protea here: View link

Besides the Protea, the architect WH Grant (Billy Grant) designed a chain of cinemas down the Cape Peninsula in the late 1930s. They included the Savoy in Rosebank (1937), the Scala at Claremont (1937), the Bijou in Obs (1941), the Grand at Maitland (1940), the Empire in Muizenberg (1941), etc. He also designed the Colosseum in Cape Town (1936) and the Del Monico Palais de Danse (1935). After the War his firm also designed the Van Riebeek (1951) and the Lantern in Parow (1956).

Swannie52 on May 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

I don’t suppose anyone can remember the name of the strange ex owner-manager of the Savoy theatre in Rosebank? He used to wear white “spats” over his shoes. he3 was the only man I have ever seen wearing them-even though it was the 60’s. He was assaulted once and the nights takings stolen-back in 1966. I have a gut feeling his name bgan with a W but I am not sure. If anyone can remember please email me at . Many thanks in advance. Jeremy Swanson

OTCF on July 2, 2013 at 6:00 am

The correct address of this Protea Cinema is Main Street
Paarl, South Africa.

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