Mowbray Park Picture Palace

Mowbray Park Picture Palace

Stage Number: MBSH.03.02.27

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Kangaroo Point-East Brisbane

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: Corner of Wellington and Shafston roads, East Brisbane

Latitude & Longitude: -27.47855556,153.04130556

Time Link: 1912

Map Link: 1912

Image Time Point: 1912

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This opened as an 800-seat open-air theatre in August 1912. The feature film shown that night was an Australian cowboy drama called ‘The Colonel’s Ward’. The ‘talkies’ era was ushered in there with the installation of new sound equipment in 1930. The theatre, which at various times was also known as Mowbray Park Pictures and the Mowbray Park Picture Theatre, underwent extensive renovations in 1939, but during the 1940s it seemed to be used mainly for amateur boxing nights. The theatre closed to become an ice skating rink in 1960, and was later demolished to make way for the widening of Shafston Avenue.


The Telegraph, 26 August 1912, 15 September 1930, 9 September 1939

Image Citations

Vintage cars parked in front of Mowbray Park Picture Palace, East Brisbane, ca. 1914. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Record number: 246271.

Map References

MLMS. 2 mile AG1 series 1906–1915—Moreton district. 2 Mile to the inch. Moreton 2 Mile map AG1 series sheet 1. AG1