Wallis Cinemas


Wallis Cinemas

Wallis Cinemas is a South Australian company that operates cinema complexes, cinemas and drive-ins in the city of Adelaide and its suburbs.

History

This family-owned company was established as "Wallis Theatres" by its founder, Hugh Wallis, in 1956 with the opening of the Blueline drive-in theatre at West Beach in South Australia. The Blueline was the state's first drive-in theatre. Wallis Theatres expanded rapidly, opening drive-in theatres throughout South Australia over the next decade. The company operated the following drive-in theatres in Adelaide:
* Blueline, West Beach
* Oceanline, Christies Beach
* Mainline, Gepps Cross
* Parkline, Mitchell Park
* Valleyline, St Agnes
* Harbourline, Outer Harbour
* Hi-line, Panorama
* Hollywood, Salisbury Downs

Wallis Theatres also catered for country South Australia, with drive-in theatres established in the Riverland, Barossa Valley and mid-north. Wallis' six country drive-ins were:
* Bonneyline, Barmera
* Murrayline, Berri
* Northline, Clare
* Riverline, Loxton
* Groveline, Renmark
* Barossaline, Tanunda

The company opened South Australia's first multi-screen cinema in 1971 when the single-screen Glenelg Ozone was purchased and transformed into what is now the Glenelg Cinema Centre. In 1972, Wallis Theatres saved the Chelsea Cinema at Marryatville from demolition. This cinema is now heritage-listed. The company's growth continued when Wallis Theatres purchased a warehouse in Hindmarsh Square, Adelaide, and converted it into a twin cinema. A further three screens were built in 1980, and the complex was named Academy Cinema City.

Wallis Theatres purchased the single-screen Forum Cinema at North Adelaide in 1983. This location was redeveloped into the Piccadilly Cinemas, although the company sought to maintain the heritage and architecture of the building. The company built and opened the five-screen Noarlunga Cinema Centre in 1991, the Mt Barker Cinemas in 2003, and the Mitcham Cinemas in 2007.

Wallis Theatres had closed and sold most of their country and suburban drive-ins by the early 1990s. Of their remaining drive-in locations, the Blueline closed in 1998 and the Valleyline in 2003. However, Wallis continues to operate the Mainline drive-in.

The company closed their single-screen Oxford Cinema at Unley in 2001. In 2007, faced with dwindling audience numbers, Wallis Theatres also closed down their five-screen Academy Cinema City complex.

In 2005, Wallis Theatres changed their branding for all public advertising purposes to "Wallis Cinemas". Officially, however, the company was still known as Wallis Theatres. This changed in late 2007 when officially it was changed to the new name Wallis Cinemas.

Locations

* Piccadilly Cinemas, North Adelaide (3 screens)
* Chelsea Cinema, Marryatville (1 screen)
* Glenelg Cinema Centre (3 screens)
* Mount Barker Cinemas (7 screens)
* Noarlunga Cinema Centre (5 screens)
* Mitcham Cinemas at Mitcham Square Shopping Centre(7 screens)
* Mainline Drive-in, Gepps Cross (1 screen)

Other activities

Besides operating their cinemas, Wallis Theatres owns and operates Big Screen Advertising. This subsidiary company is involved in the distribution and screening of advertisements at cinemas. Big Screen Advertising has supplied pre-film advertising to all of Wallis' cinema locations since 2004, when Val Morgan Cinema Advertising (Wallis' previous advertising agent) was absorbed by rival cinema chain Hoyts.

Wallis Theatres owns and operates Auchendarroch House and the Wallis Tavern, both located at Mount Barker adjacent to Wallis' cinema complex. Auchendarroch House is an 1800s mansion that has been restored by Wallis to serve as a function centre.

Wallis also provides services to independent cinema operators in South Australia (including the Capri Theatre and Victor Harbor theatre), such as programming.

ee also

* Greater Union - competitor
* Hoyts - competitor
* Reading Cinema - competitor

outh Australian cinema articles

* Capri Theatre
* South Australian Film Corporation

External links

* [http://www.wallis.com.au Wallis Theatres website]
* [http://www.bigscreenadvertising.com.au Big Screen Advertising website]
* [http://www.wallis.com.au/ah Auchendarroch House and Wallis Tavern website]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Village Cinemas — Type Subsidiary Industry Cinema Founded …   Wikipedia

  • Chelsea Cinema, Marryatville — Chelsea Theatre General information Architectural style Art Deco Town or city Kensington Road, Kensington Park (Adelaide), South Australia Country Australia …   Wikipedia

  • Hoyts — Infobox Company company name =The Hoyts Group company company type = Private foundation = 1926 location = Sydney, Australia key people = Delfin Fernandez (Group CEO), Robert Slaviero (CEO Hoyts Distribution), Graeme Yarwood (CEO Val Morgan) area… …   Wikipedia

  • Capri Theatre — Infobox Modern building name = Capri Theatre location town = 141 Goodwood Road, Goodwood (Adelaide), South Australia location country = Australia builder = R J Nurse architect = Chris Smith completion date = 1941 style = Art DecoThe Capri Theatre …   Wikipedia

  • Mount Barker, South Australia — Mount Barker South Australia The southern entrance to the Mount Barker Central mall …   Wikipedia

  • Mitcham Square Shopping Centre — Coordinates: 34°58′31″S 138°36′39″E / 34.9753°S 138.6107°E / 34.9753; 138.6107 …   Wikipedia

  • Jerry Lewis — For other people named Jerry Lewis, see Jerry Lewis (disambiguation). Jerry Lewis Jerry Lewis in 2009 Born Joseph Levitch March 16, 1926 (1926 03 16) …   Wikipedia

  • Drive-in theatres in Australia — Drive in theatres (also known as Drive In Cinemas or Drive ins) were once very popular in Australia. Although considered an American invention there is evidence of outdoor cinemas in Western Australia where some patrons attended in their cars as… …   Wikipedia

  • Warner Bros — Warner Bros.  Cet article traite de la Warner Bros. Pictures et de la Warner Bros. Entertainment plus généralement, pour les autres acceptations, voir Warner …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Warner Bros. —  Cet article traite de la Warner Bros. Pictures et de la Warner Bros. Entertainment plus généralement, pour les autres acceptations, voir Warner  …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.