Renown Moving Picture Theatre

Renown Moving Picture Theatre

Stage Number: MBSH.03.01.77

Group: Southern

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

Epoch: Early 20th Century

Street Address: 200 Logan Road, Woolloongabba

Latitude & Longitude: -27.49438889,153.0415

Time Link: 1921

Map Link: 1923

Image Time Point: 1923

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The Renown Theatre, owned by John Lewis, got off to a bad start when a fire broke out there on its opening Saturday night on 19 February 1921. This was caused by the new ‘cinematograph machine’ running hot and setting fire to the film. The damage was contained and the theatre was repaired, but it only survived for five years before a bigger fire destroyed half the building. It was suspected to be arson, and two other cinemas at East Brisbane and Woolloongabba were also hit by fire around this time. A bid to reopen the Renown after this second fire was unsuccessful.


Brisbane Courier, 21 February 1921; 16 April 1926.

Image Citations

Silent movies such as ‘Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ were in circulation when the Renown Picture Theatre opened in early 1921.

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