Bohemia Theatre and Stadium

Bohemia Theatre and Stadium

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.70

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: West End-South Brisbane-North Woolloongabba

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: QPAC, Grey Street, South Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47469444,153.01913889

Time Link: 1923

Map Link: 1923

Image Time Point: 1923

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This opened in March 1923 as a live theatre venue with a performance of ‘Mr. Rawdon Blandford’s ‘Classics of 1923’’. By the end of the decade the theatre was struggling in the face of the thriving cinema industry, and during the 1930s the lease was held by Greater Brisbane Amusement, whose policy was not to compete with the neighbouring Cremorne Theatre. The Bohemia was then predominantly used as a wrestling and boxing venue known as ‘Bohemia Stadium’. The last bouts appear to have taken place there in April 1940. In 1947 it was taken over by the Brisbane City Council, and leased out for use as a depot and store before being demolished in 1954 to make way for a car park fronting Stanley and Grey streets.


The Telegraph, 26 March 1923, 27 April 1940, 29 July 1947; Sunday Mail, 20 January 1929; Courier-Mail 19 May 1954.

Image Citations

Advertisement for the ‘Bohemia’. Daily Standard, 17 May 1923.

Map References

QSA. QSA Series ID 2058 Moreton District Maps – A Series. 6 miles to the inch. Moreton District. 6 miles to the inch. Survey Office, Brisbane.. 634900