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The plaque commemorates the Wintergarden Theatre which pioneered the 'talkies' in suburban theatres in 1929. 

The plaque commemorating the introduction of 'the talkies' at the Wintergarden Theatre, Rose Bay, was unveiled on 19 March, 2018 on the footpath outside 614-622 New South Head Road, Rose Bay, the site of the former Wintergarden Theatre, demolished in 1987.

On 10 June 1929, the first public screening of a 'talkie' (sound synchronous motion picture) in a Sydney suburban cinema took place at The Wintergarden Theatre, Rose Bay. The event was the first public demonstration of the Australian Raycophone sounds system, and helped pave the way for the rapid take up of a new technology by the cinema industry in suburban and regional secto

The Woollahra Council Plaque Scheme honours exceptional people or events associated with our local government area, that have made a significant impact on life in the area or Australia as a nation.


Address:614 - 622 New South Head Road, Rose Bay, 2029
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.870831
Long: 151.267121
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 19th March, 2018
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Woollahra Municipal Council 

Wintergarden Theatre

Pioneering "the talkies" in suburban theatre on 10 June 1929.
Celebrating Our History

Source: Woollahra Council
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