List of Johannesburg central and suburban cinemas and theatres 1900 to 1990
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I have compiled a list of theatres, bioscopes and bio cafes in Johannesburg and surrounding areas and would love some help from the community to fill in any gaps. I have already received some wonderful assistance from members of the Facebook group Joburg/Hillbrow survivor South Africa especially Howard Thomas who was active in South African Theatre for over 50 years. I have also been able to source great details from Marc Latilla's blog Johannesburg 1912. 

It would be wonderful to add as many addresses as possible. Even just street names would be great.

Gary O'Bryan -

Add details in the comments section below or email and they will be added to the list below.

They are The Royal in Goldman Street Florida, the Savoy in Roodepoort and the 20th Century in Roodepoort.


  1. 20th Century, Kerk St 
  2. 20th Century, Roodepoort                   
  3. Academy Theatre, Cnr Rissik and Smit St’s (Became Siegfried Mynhardt)
  4. Action Cinema, Plein St (Became Ster 1000)
  5. Adam Leslie Theatre, 96 End St
  6. Adelphi, Prairie St, Rosettenville
  7. Albert Theatre, Braamfontein
  8. Alexander, Stiemans st, Braamfontein (Was Reps Theatre)
  9. Alhambra Theatre, Sivewright Ave, Doornfontein
  10. Andre Huguenot theatre, Kaptjein St
  11. Anstey's, President St
  12. Apollo, Doornfontein
  13. Arena Theatre, 25 St Augustine’s Rd, Doornfontein
  14. Ascot, Turffontein
  15. Astoria, Noord St
  16. Astra , Louis Botha Ave, Orange Grove
  17. Avalon, See Taj, Fordsburg
  18. Balansky, Sofiatown
  19. Bijou Theatre, Jeppe Street
  20. Black Sun, Berea
  21. Blue fox, Oxford hotel, Rosebank
  22. Braamfontein Theatre
  23. Brooke Theatre, De Villiers St
  24. Capri, Rosebank
  25. Carlton Theatre, Fox St
  26. Chelsea Theatre, Catherine St, Hillbrow
  27. Cine 303, President St 
  28. Cinerama, Claim St
  29. City Hall, President St
  30. Civic Theatre, Loveday St, Braamfontein
  31. Clarendon Cinema, Cnr Twist and Kotze St’s, Hillbrow
  32. Club 58, Pretoria St, Hillbrow
  33. Colosseum, Commissioner St
  34. Constantia , Tyrwhitt Ave, Rosebank
  35. Curzon, became Fine Arts,  Hillbrow
  36. Doornfontein theatre
  37. Embassy Tea Room Theatre, President St
  38. Empire Entertainment, 108 Jeppe Street
  39. Empire Theatre, 135 Commissioner St (Became the Kine Centre) 
  40. Fine Arts (See Curzon)
  41. Forum, Pritchard Street
  42. Gaiety, 3/5 Kort Street 
  43. Gala Cinelux, Randburg
  44. Gem Theatre. Roberts Ave, Kensington
  45. Globe Theatre, 47 Fox St (Became Empire)
  46. Good Hope, Commissioner Street (Also known as the Uno)
  47. Good Hope 2, Market St (Old Metro)
  48. Grand Cinema, Main Rd, Rosettenville
  49. Grand Theatre, Market St
  50. Greenway / Rex , Greenside
  51. Grove Kinema, Became Victory Theatre, Louis Botha Ave Orange Grove 
  52. Highpoint Cinema, Highpoint Centre , Hillbrow
  53. His Majesty's, Commissioner St
  54. International, Pretoria St, Hillbrow
  55. Intimate Theatre ex YMCA Theatre, Smit St
  56. Jeppe Theatre, Jeppe St (Also Premiere Theatre)
  57. Kings Cinema, Alexandra
  58. Lake Cinema, Tyrone Ave, Parkview
  59. Leonard Rayne, Doornfontein
  60. Library Theatre, Sauer St, Library complex
  61. Little Theatre (Also Barnato theatre), Corner House, Braamfontein
  62. Lyric, Central Ave, Fordsburg
  63. Majestic, Fordsburg
  64. Malvern Kinema, Jules Str
  65. Mayfair Theatre, 
  66. Metro, Cnr Bree and Hoek St’s
  67. Metropolis Cinema, Cnr Jules and 19th Sts, Malvern
  68. Mini Cine 1 and 2, Pretoria St, Hillbrow
  69. Moncine. Bree St
  70. Monte Carlo, Cnr Von Wielligh and Jeppe
  71. Odeon Theatre, Oxford road, Rosebank
  72. Odin Theatre, Sofiatown
  73. Orpheum, Cnr Jeppe and Joubert St’s
  74. Oscar, Plein St
  75. Palace Theatre, Pritchard St
  76. Palace Cinema, Turffontein
  77. Palladium, Cnr Commissioner and Fraser St’s
  78. Park, Regents Park
  79. Parysia, Rosebank (Became the Constantia)
  80. Piccadilly Theatre, Yeoville
  81. Pigalle Theatre, Jorrisen St (Became Classic)
  82. Planet Cinema, Fordsburg
  83. Plastic Theatre, Northcliff
  84. Playhouse Café Bioscope, Main Street
  85. Playhouse Theatre, Loveday st, Braamfontein, later Jorrisen St, Braamfontein
  86. Plaza Cinema, Cnr Rissik and Jeppe St’s 
  87. Premiere, Jeppe St (Also the Jeppe Cinema)
  88. President Theatre, President Hotel
  89. Protea , Rosebank
  90. Regal Kinema, Appoliana St, Troyeville
  91. Regent, Queen St, Kensington (Became Fairway) - Some say just a few premises West of the Langermann Drive/Queen Street intersection.
  92. Ritz, Central Ave, Mayfair
  93. Rivoli Tea Room Theatre, President St
  94. Roxy Cinema, Mayfair West
  95. Roxy Tea Room Theatre
  96. Royal, 23rd St, Melville
  97. Royal Orange Grove
  98. Royal Cinerama, Louis Botha Ave, Orange Grove
  99. Royalty Tea Room Theatre, Pritchard St
  100. Roxy Bio Café, Kotze St, Hillbrow
  101. Savoy Cinema de Luxe
  102. Savoy, Roodepoort
  103. Scala Theatre, Mellville
  104. 7 Arts originally The Avenue, became the Rex, Grant Ave, Norwood
  105. Standard Theatre, Joubert St (Now Oppenheimer Park)
  106. Star Bioscope, Denver
  107. Starlite, President St
  108. Ster City, Claim st
  109. Ster Elite 1 and 2, Cnr Mooi and Marshall St’s
  110. Taj Cinema, 17th St, Fordsburg (Also known as the Avalon)
  111. Theatre Royal, Market St
  112. The Corlett, Birnam
  113. The Rehearsal Room, Dorkay House, Eloff Street Extension
  114. The Royal, Goldman Street Florida
  115. The Star, 20th St, Fietas
  116. Tivoli Theatre
  117. Valley Cinema, Bertrams
  118. Vaudette, Commissioner St
  119. Victory Theatre, Louis Botha Ave,  Orange Grove (see Grove Cinema)
  120. Village Theatre
  121. Windmill Theatre, 277 Bree St
  122. Windybrow Theatre, Nugget St, Hillbrow
  123. Wits Theatre (Great Hall)
  124. Yeoville Theatre

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