Glen Picture Theatre

Glen Picture Theatre

Stage Number: MBSH.05.03.07

Group: Western

Local Study Area: Seventeen Mile Rocks-Darra

Epoch: Late 20th Century

Street Address: 39 Railway Parade, Darra

Latitude & Longitude: -27.56625,152.95280556

Time Link: 1958

Map Link: 1960

Image Time Point: 1960

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The Glen Picture Theatre was built by a Mr Shay in 1958 on the corner of Railway Parade and Scotts Road, around an older hall that had also been used for movie screenings. The last screening in the hall took place on a Thursday night, and the first in the new Glen on the Friday. The Glen was a purpose-built picture theatre with a sloped floor. It was made of corrugated fibro and timber with a plastered interior, concealed lighting, red velvet curtains and gold floodlights. It had seating for up to 700 people, and was so popular it would attract six busloads of customers from Inala every Saturday night. The theatre was sold in 1969 to Zerlottis, but by then television and then the first local drive-ins had effectively killed the business. The Glen was demolished in 1976.


Vicki Mynott, Darra by Decade 1820-2010, Inala Heights: Richlands, Inala & Suburbs History Group Inc., 2010.

Image Citations

The Glen Theatre, Darra, 1976. TR 1868 G Bailey Collection, John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 7194-1D.

Map References

Qimagery. Greater Brisbane 1960. Scale: 1:16,000.