Capri Theatre

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Capri Theatre
Capri Theatre, Goodwood
Capri Theatre, built in 1930
General information
Architectural style Art Deco
Address 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood
Town or city City of Unley, South Australia
Country Australia
Completed 1941
Design and construction
Architect Chris Smith

The Capri Theatre is a cinema in Goodwood, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, built in the Art Deco style.

It is owned by the Theatre Organ Society of Australia (South Australian Division) Inc, which bills the cinema as a "Unique Entertainment Showplace in the World".

A feature of the cinema is the Wurlitzer theatre organ, which is used regularly for recitals, as well as an entertainment feature supporting the screening of films.

Several times a year, the cinema presents "Nostalgia Movie Nights", when popular classic films are shown, in a programme with supporting short films, a newsreel and nostalgic advertising.

History[edit]

Opening of the cinema[edit]

The cinema opened in October 1941 as the "Star Theatre", and it was part of the Clifford Theatre Circuit.

At the time of opening, the seating capacity was 1,472 persons.

Greater Union acquired the cinema in 1947, as part of their acquisition of the Clifford Circuit.

The cinema was renamed as the "New Curzon" in 1964, then again as the "Cinema Capri" in 1967.

Acquisition by the Theatre Organ Society[edit]

The Theatre Organ Society of Australia (South Australian Division) Inc. purchased the cinema in 1978, and they relaunched the cinema as the "Capri Theatre".

Installation of the Mighty Wurlitzer[edit]

The Theatre Organ Society installed a Wurlitzer theatre organ, with the pipe work in glass fronted chambers along each side of the screen. The inaugural concert took place in April 1983.[1]

The organ is the second largest theatre organ in Australia.

It is regarded as one of the finest theatre organs in the world.

Heritage listing[edit]

In 1990, the cinema was placed on the South Australian State Heritage Register.

Features of the Cinema[edit]

The cinema offers a unique combination of modern cinema presentation capacity in an authentic Art Deco heritage building, as well as a venue for concerts and recitals featuring the Wurlitzer theatre organ console as centrepiece of the stage.

Configuration and capacity[edit]

The cinema is a single screen cinema, with 782 seats on two levels.

There is a stage at the front of the cinema, with an approximate area of 88 square metres.

Modern cinematic presentation features[edit]

The cinema has many modern features:

  • Platter projection system
  • Dolby digital stereo sound system
  • Deluxe lounge seats, including double "love seats".

Authentic Art Deco restoration[edit]

While the cinema has modern presentation features, its appearance has been carefully restored to its 1941 Art Deco design, including:

  • Exterior and interior decoration restored to original 1941 colours and styles
  • Original 1941 design carpeting
  • Replica 1941 Art Deco fireplace, mirror & wooden Venetians in the upstairs foyer
  • Club Lounges and replica 1941 round column seating in both foyers

Wurlitzer Theatre Organ[edit]

The organ comprises 29 ranks of pipes, which are installed on each side of the stage. The pipes are visible during performances featuring the organ.

It is the second largest theatre organ in Australia.

The organ console is located below centre stage, and is elevated from beneath the stage for performances.

Operation and programming[edit]

The cinema operates mainstream cinema programming.

In addition, the cinema is used for concerts featuring the "Mighty Wurlitzer" organ.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-24. Retrieved 2014-01-07. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°57′10″S 138°35′24″E / 34.95278°S 138.59000°E / -34.95278; 138.59000