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The jazz singer: 'talking pictures' in Adelaide
Title : The jazz singer: 'talking pictures' in Adelaide The jazz singer: 'talking pictures' in Adelaide
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Source : News, 28 February 1929, p. 2
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Date of creation : 1929
Format : Newspaper
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Advertisement for the screening of The jazz singer staring Al Jolson, and other 'Cinesound presentations' at the Wondergraph, 'Adelaide's leading talkie theatre', from 2 March 1929.

In March 1929 talking pictures or 'talkies' came to Adelaide. On 2 March 1929 the Wondergraph Theatre in Hindley Street screened The jazz singer, starring Al Jolson singing a selection of his well-known songs and talking to an appreciative audience.

In competition, the Regent Theatre screened newsreels and featured The red dance, a film about the Russian revolution, accompanied by a musical soundtrack - not an actual 'talkie', which Wondergraph advertising was quick to point out: 'Be not misled'.

By early 1930, silent movies were outmoded, as most theatres in Adelaide and some in the suburbs were equipped to show 'talkies' using either Vitaphone or Movietone sound production systems.

Period : 1927-1939
Region : Adelaide city
Further reading :

'Marvels of the Movietone in Adelaide', The Observer, 9 March 1929, p. 54 col. d

'Talkies - Miracle of Speech and Melody', The Mail, 16 February 1929, p. 19; 2 March 1929, p. 1

'The Talkies Talk', The News, 1 March 1929, p. 13 col. b

'Talking Pictures for Adelaide', The Advertiser, 12 February 1929, p. 15 col. g

West & East End theatre: walking trail, Adelaide, South Australia, [Adelaide]: Adelaide City Council, 2003

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