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largest in Australasia.

On the Site formerly occupied by the old   wooden structure of the same name, which was destroyed by fire early last year, a new Palais Picture Theatre has been erected on the Lower Esplanad, St Kilda, it a cost of £140,000. To mark the opening of the building, a special performance was given in the theatre last night, for which   1,500 invitations were issued by the direc-   tors of Palais Pictures Ltd.       This evening the theatre will be opened to the public

for the first time.

Constructed of brick and concrete, the

theatre is imposing in appearance, and is

a handsome addition to the places of amusement

on the St Kilda Esplanade. It has     seating accommodation for 3,000, and in this     respect it is claimed to be the largest theatre in Australia. It is also claimed to       be the most beautiful. On either side of the main entrance foyer, richly carpeted stairways

lead to the dress circle foyer, where         the ceiling is supported four scaglioli   columns at the corners of the gallery of   the lounge overlooking the entrance hall.    

Suspended above this is a huge old brass   chandelier weighing 17.5 CWT. On this 180 electric candles burn. The brass fittings on the stairways and doors, and the lighting   fittings are a feature of the interior   decoration. The building has been furnished  

on an elaborate scale, combining a  

composite style, mainly Oriental and   French in character, and the walls have   been decorated by the ancient Spanish method of steepling.

The picture shown last night was   "Seventh Heaven." which will begin a   season at the Capitol Theatre next Satur- day. The leading parts are played by Miss Janet Gaynor and Mr. Charles Farrell. A   pleasing musical programme was con-   tributed by the orchestra under the direc- tion of Mr. Harry Jacobs.  

The theatre was formally opened by the mayor of St. Kilda (Councillor F. L Daw-     kins), who said that as far as possible Australian materials had been used in its   construction, and Australian workmen had     been employed. Only 1 per cent of the   materials used had been imported.

The chairman of the foreshore committee     of St. Kilda (Councillor O'Donnell) also  


Both speakers paid tribute to the enter-   prise of the management in errecting such a


Mr. H. F. Phillips (chairman) responded on behalf of the board of directors of the