Lost cinemas of Rundle & Hindley Streets

Open leg route Allow 20 minutes City centre

What to expect along the trail

Remember when going to the 'flicks', 'talkies', 'pictures' or a 'show' in Adelaide was an occasion to dress up for?

Take a stroll with us as we explore the lost cinemas and theatres of Rundle and Hindley Streets.

More path information

Difficulty levelEasy
Length1.0 km open leg
Walking surfacesBitumen and pavement
Mobility suitabilitySuitable for running
DogsSuitable for dog walking
Path widthSome narrow paved points
Possible hazardsOn-road traffic 
AmenitiesShaded seating
Drinking fountains
ParkingTimed parking along Rundle Street and Hindley Street
124 Rundle Mall, Adelaide (now shop) Local Heritage (Townscape) Place

Located alongside the Richmond Hotel, this war-time single level 400-seat cinema, opened New Year’s Day 1943 as the Liberty Theatre.

Described as 'the aristocrat of intimate cinema', it became Adelaide's first art house, showing foreign films which were referred to as 'sizzlers'.

The large first floor display window was used to advertise its current attraction and the projection room was originally placed between the 1st and 2nd floors.

It was also known as the Curzon Theatre from 1952. The building was originally constructed in 1901-1902 for H L Vosz Ltd (reputedly Australia’s oldest glass, oil and colour business) to the design of architect English & Soward.

This business developed into Clarksons Ltd. It is currently used as a shop.

Known as: Liberty Theatre (1943-1952), Curzon Theatre (1952-1964).

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