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Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne
Town Hall, 333 Bay Street, Port Melbourne

A Silver Anniversary

Hoyt's Eclipse Theatre, Port Melbourne, Ca 1940s. Harold Paynting Collection, State Library of Victoria
Hoyt’s Eclipse Theatre, Port Melbourne, C1940s. Harold Paynting Collection, SLV

The Hoyt’s Eclipse Theatre in Port Melbourne almost missed its silver anniversary according to an article in the Argus newspaper from 1949.

The story goes, a woman living in the neighbourhood found a newspaper from November 1924 under her lino that described the opening of “new and modern movie house”.  She passed the paper onto the manager in time for him to organise a gala week to celebrate the milestone.

It was noted in the Argus that three of the ushers, Ernest and Richard Kulken (brothers) and Thomas Diggerson had worked at the Eclipse for all of its 25 years up to that point.

The Eclipse is now long closed and a Seven Eleven convenience store occupies the site where it once stood.


1949 ‘Clue gave cinema gala week.’, The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957), 28 November, p. 18, viewed 24 February, 2014,

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Acknowledgement of Traditional Custodians

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we meet and work, the Bunurong Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.