The Metro Theatre was situated at the corner of Bree and Von Brandis Street (then known
as Hoek Street), Johannesburg and was opened by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on 4th
November 1932. It would become the largest four-wall cinema in South Africa with a
seating capacity of 2800. Photo above was taken in 1934 during the run of 'Treasure Island'
starring Wallace Beery and Jackie Cooper.
Magnificently designed by architect
Thomas Lamb in a French style, the
spacious downstairs foyer was
luxuriously appointed and carpeted
- with a stunning chandelier forming
the centre showpiece. A sweeping
staircase led to the upstairs foyer
and even more luxury.
The Metro Theatre became the
leading social gathering place
for Johannesburg cinemagoers
who had never seen such luxury
before. The awesome splendour
and size of the auditorium have
never been equalled in South
African history for a single
screen cinema. The photo on
the right shows last-minute
preparations to the auditorium
shortly before the cinema
opened in 1932.
Photo showing the Metro during the late 1960s. Sadly, the cinema was
closed and the building totally demolished in 1972.
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On the left is an advertisement (one
of the very first) to be placed on the
leader page of the Sunday Times
newspaper for the Metro cinema.
The ad appeared on the 4th of