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421140
  • Title
    Photographs of stage sets relating to the Capitol and State Theatres, Sydney, 1920-1930s
  • Call number
    PXA 1219
  • Level of description
    fonds
  • Date

    1920-1930s
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
    421140
  • Issue Copy
    Partly Digitised : 75 photographs
  • Physical Description
    Photographs - 15.5 x 20.5 - 20 x 25.7 cm. - 190 silver gelatin photoprints
  • Scope and Content
    BOX 1
    1-74. Scenes of stage designs for a variety of productions, mainly at the Capitol Theatre. Also untitled portraits of performers in costume and theatre directors and musicians (Fred Scholl? and his Capitol organ, and Mr Perry? of the State Theatre). Some scenes at the State Theatre, including crowds outside the Opening of 'The Patriot' and representatives from British Dominion Films. Also 'If Winter Comes' at the Crystal Palace, 1925 (S. F. Doyle - Managing Director... C. Goddard - Electrician & Operator)

    No. 1 shows Ted Henkel and the Capitol Ballet (with some older men and women) ready to leave the Theatre for the Capitol Ball, Wentworth Hotel, 8 pm-1 am Monday 3 Sept 1928. The woman next to Henkel is probably his wife Ruby. -- (Information supplied by Mike Sutcliffe, Sept 2004)

    BOX 2
    75-190. Stage and movie sets from American productions by Paramount and other companies, probably used as inspiration for local stage sets and designs. Stage productions include 'Birds of a Feather', 'Campus Daze', 'Coney Island', 'Dancing Keys', 'Garden of Girls', 'Puttin on the dog', 'River Memories', 'Sportland'. Motion Pictures productions include 'The Ten Commandments', 'The Thief of Bagdad'.
  • Source
    Presented 1983 Pic.Acc.5445
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Created before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    Stuart F. Doyle (Managing Director of Union Theatres) and designer Henry E. White toured the USA in 1927 to inspect the latest picture palaces. In 1928 he opened Australia's first 'atmospheric' theatre, the Capitol, intended for silent movies and live performances. Then in 1929 he opened the magnificent State Theatre

    Reference: Cultural Heritage of Movie Theatres in N.S.W. 1896-1996 / Ross Thorne, Les Tod & Kevin Cork. Sydney : Department of Architecture, University of Sydney, 1996
    Digital order no:Album ID : 861744
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Photographs are untitled
    Many photographs stamped "C. J. Goddard..Capitol Theatre" on reverse. Also "C.J.G." or "The property of C. J. Goddard" written on reverse.
    "Perry" signed on reverse of no.5
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Number 19. Opening of the State Theatre, Sydney, Friday 7 June 1929

    Reference:
    Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 8 June 1929, p.16, column 4
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