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82.  Hoyts New Glenhuntly                                  by Gen ·y Kennedy and Brian Miller

             Hoyts Theatres ftrst presence in the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Glenhuntly was in a plain utilitarian auditorium
             at  1204 Glenhuntly Rd  (on the east side of the railway  line).  This small, single level  theatre was entered through an
             arcade and seated around 500 [1].  It was of brick construction with a gabled iron roof. Shops are located on each side of
             the entrance.  The building still  survives today  and is used as a joinery works. It was also previously used as  Miller's
             Ballroom. Some former cinema elements still exist including the stage area and the projection booth.

             With the construction of a number of larger cinemas in the neighbouring suburbs of Carnegie. Caulfield and Elsternwick
             the local residents had plenty of venues from which to choose entertainment. Easy access to these suburbs was available
             by  tram  and  train  services.  Hoyts decided  to  build  a  new  larger  theatre on  the  west side of the  railway  line at 715
             Glenhuntly Rd. (corner of Manchester Grove). Plans for a theatre seating 1492 were submitted  for approval dated Sep-
             tember  1925  (2). The theatre turned out to  be an extremely attractive building and  was a  pacesetter in  design for the
             growing Hoyts circuit "The theatre was reputedly the first stadium type theatre in Melbourne"[ I].  The new Glenhuntly
             Theatre was the first built by  Hoyts, anywhere in Australia. using a Spanish theme.  This idea had  been  imported from
             America [I]
             The exterior of the theatre was of an exotic Spanish-style architecture, being fairly low, but featUJing a heavy-set centre-
             piece of very elaborate ornamentation supported by eight, narrow, twisted columns.  Flanking this were double-arched
             windows sharing small balconies.  The top of the fa~ade featured very ornate band work simulating twisted candles.
             "The spectacular Spanish theme was carried through into the vast auditorium. The ceiling was stepped and featured huge
             beams  interspersed  with smaJier ones,  and  similar to  the  later Plazas  in  Sydney  and Melbourne and  the foyer of the
             Parramatta Roxy, had decorative motifs.  The proscenium was curved and comprised two bands of twisted columns (very
             narrow) and large urns on  either side.  Flanking the proscenium were balconettes with double-arched doors.  The side
             waiJ  treatment featured Spanish lights and decorations but was not overdone or vulgar.  The entire effect was refined and
             dignified."  [I]



                                                 Interior of Hotys Glenhuntly
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