The Monte Carlo Cinema was
situated at the corner of Jeppe and
Von Wielligh Streets in
Johannesburg. It formed part of an
independent cinema chain owned
by Bill Boxer and showed mainly
continental films. The seating
capacity was 661.
The cinema was later taken over by
the Kinekor Organisation and
refurbished as the Kine Premiere.
The Odeon was a typical suburban
cinema situated in Oxford Road,
Rosebank and opened on 18th April
1939. It formed part of the lucrative
suburban circuit run first by African
Consolidated Theatres and then Fox
Theatres during the 1960s. The
seating capacity was 706.
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With the emergence of pop groups like The Beatles in the mid 1960s, many
aspiring local Johannesburg bands were used for promotions in many suburban
cinemas.These bands performed live on stage as a supporting act before the main
feature film presentation.Photo above shows such a band performimg on stage at
the Odeon in 1964.
Part of the teenage audience at
the Odeon enjoying the pop
group (shown above) on stage.