Heritage Places

Heritage Place Details

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Address 275 Kensington Road KENSINGTON PARK
Accuracy H - high level confidence
Development Plan Burnside Council
Polygon Type P - parcel (from DCDB)
Details (Known As) The Regal Theatre (former Chelsea Cinema (originally Princess Theatre, then Marryatville Ozone)
Registered Name Chelsea Cinema
Significance Built in 1925 as the Princess Theatre, and currently operating as the Chelsea Cinema, this picture theatre was one of a number erected in metropolitan Adelaide to cater for the public demand for moving pictures which had grown significantly since their introduction to Adelaide in 1896. In 1941 the cinema was extensively refurbished internally and externally in the Art Deco style. It retains a majority of its 1941 fixtures and fittings, including lighting, plasterwork, joinery and 'crying rooms', and remains, with the Piccadilly (State Heritage Place 13496) and the Capri (State Heritage Place 10670), one of three relatively intact Art Deco cinemas in the State. Hence it is significant both as a rare example of an Art Deco cinema and for being a notable example of an intact cinema interior representing an era when cinema-going was a major recreational activity and impressive cinema interiors were part of making a night at the pictures a memorable experience. (HB 2/2009)
Subject Index Recreation and entertainment - Cinema
Class State
Status Code REG - Confirmed as a State Heritage Place in the SA Heritage Register
Status Date 24-MAR-1983
LGA Burnside
State Heritage ID 10952
Heritage Number 8398
Section 16
As listed in the SA Heritage Register
Plan Parcel & Title Information CT 5899/223 F141088 A27


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