LIBERTY THEATRE AKA: SAVOY [1917-1993]

LIBERTY (des. Alfred Luttrell.)

50 Cathedral square
seating 1,400
8 Sep' 1917 - 1953
continuous policy-
31 Oct. - 16 Dec 1922
sound 10 Jun 1929
continuous policy
14 Jan 1935 - 9 Jun 1939
renamed
SAVOY (des. H. Francis Willis)
seating 1,287
16 Dee 1953 - 1977
reduced to 1,120
rebuilt as -
SAVOY ONE (des. R. Monsborough and Gavin Willis)
seating. 385
SAVOY TWO (des. R. Monsborough and Gavin Willis)
seating 525
25 Aug 1977 - 30 Sep 1993
demolished - site now Warners Bier Garden, which includes an outdoor screen and video projector for sports and the occasional movie screening.
Cinema Image
The Bier garden with the remaining wall of the Savoy.

Cinema Image
The outdoor screen.

History: The cinema was intended to act as a buffer between the (Warners) hotel and the Lyttelton Times building to abate the habitual problem of printing press noise which kept guests in Warner's awake at night.
Jenny May Our Environment: Issue 15 Winter 1998

Equipment: DP70.com records that two DP70 (2206 - left and 2209 - right) were moved to the cinema from the State, but not used for 70mm.

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