Alhambra Cinema

Alhambra Cinema

Stage Number: MBSH.03.06.14

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Greenslopes-Coorparoo

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 28 Old Cleveland Road, Greenslopes

Latitude & Longitude: -27.4985,153.04519444

Time Link: 1930

Map Link: 1936

Image Time Point: 1936

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This cinema opened in 1930, becoming one of many movie theatres scattered through the Brisbane suburbs. ‘Talkies’ had recently arrived and the cinema industry was booming. The Alhambra was of the ‘tropical theatre’ style, popular in Queensland during 1920s and 1930s, in which timber lattice and fretwork was used throughout the interior to conceal high level windows that provided ventilation not used in standard cinema design. The Alhambra theatre survived into the 1960s.


Brisbane Courier, 19 March 1930

Image Citations

Interior view of the Alhambra Theatre, ca.1930. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, Record number: 103841.

Map References

Qimagery. Brisbane 1936. Scale: 1:11,000.