Star Theatre, Darwin: Jedda Billboard
The Star Theatre in Darwin at night. The cinema billboard advertises the world premiere of Charles Chauvel's Jedda, starring Ngarla Kunoth and Robert Tudawali, in January 1955.
The Star Theatre opened on 14 September 1929 and was a partially open-air cinema – only the back rear rows and upper dress circle were under cover.
Cyclone Tracy destroyed the cinema on Christmas Eve 1974, though it is now commemorated by a plaque at the Star Village shopping arcade on Smith Street.
Notes by Stephen Groenewegen