Odeon Theatre

Odeon Theatre

Stage Number: MBSH.02.02.47

Group: Southern

Local Study Area: Fairfield-Annerley

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 664-676 Ipswich Road, Annerley

Latitude & Longitude: -27.51777778,153.02977778

Time Link: 1938

Map Link: 1936

Image Time Point: 1936

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The Odeon was the third movie theatre to open in Annerley, following the Annerley Picture Theatre (1914) and the Boomerang Theatre (1924). It opened in 1938 with a screening of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. This was a large theatre, and the 750 cushioned seats and 250 canvas chairs provided seating for up to 1,000 patrons. Unlike earlier theatres that had to upgrade to ‘talkie’ technology when the era of silent movies came to an end, the Odeon started out with state-of-the-art RCA Photophone sound system and projection equipment that provided consistent levels of illumination. The theatre closed in the early 1960s, and the building has since been used for a variety of purposes. 


Sunday Mail, 23 October 1938; Annerley-Stephens History Group, ‘Odeon Theatre’, (https://annerleystephenshistory.org/history/research-material/489-2/other-places/odeon-theatre-annerley), sighted 18 July 2017.

Image Citations

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’ was the first movie to screen at the Annerley Odeon in 1938.

Map References

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