Album: Sir Robert Kerridge; Sir Kerridge, Robert James; 1920 - 1940; A&D 0520 A&...


Album: Sir Robert Kerridge

About this object

Personal scrapbook compiled by Sir Robert James Kerridge, businessman, entrepreneur and theatre proprietor. Sir Robert James Kerridge began purchasing theatres in 1926 and went on to own one of the largest theatre chains in New Zealand, ‘Kerridge Odeon’. This album contains newspaper clippings, photographs and ephemera that provide a valuable insight into the technical and social aspects of New Zealand theatres and cinema-going between 1920-1940. Press and publicity clippings detail the leasing, licensing and construction of regional theatres, the introduction of ‘talkies’ and sound to New Zealand theatres as well as highlighting Kerridge’s entrepreneurial efforts outside of the film industry (mini-golf, ice skating rink, motoring, ‘Kerridge Commercial College’). Photographs depict billboards and film advertising efforts, revealing the lengths theatre managers went to to draw people into regional theatres. Film programmes adhered to the album also reflect the early American and English feature film titles that were on offer to the New Zealand cinema-going public at the time.


Sir Kerridge, Robert James

Maker Role

Theatre proprietor

Date Made

1920 - 1940

Place Made

New Zealand

Medium and Materials

Photographs, ephemera, press and publicity, adhered to a bound album.


45.4 x 32 x 7.5cm

Subject and Association Description

References are made to the following locations and theatres: De Luxe Theatre, Levin, Deluxe Picture Theatre, Hastings, Gaiety Theatre, Wairoa, The Palace Theatre / Regent Theatre, Majestic Theatre, Gisborne, Rotorua, Regent Theatre, Tauranga, De Luxe theatre, Opotiki, Regent Theatre, Thames.

Credit Line

Deposited by Kerridge Odeon, 1982

Object Type

Album / Scrapbook

Object number

A&D 0520 A&D

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

Matt 11 Apr 2013 07:50 AM,UTC

Hello - I would like to include some photos from this collection in a publication - the Cameo Theatre in Auckland particularly.

How should I go about making this request?


Diane 11 Nov 2012 20:13 PM,UTC

Hi Brianna, the album isn't for sale. It's a very important part of our documentation collection.

Brianna kerridge 26 Mar 2012 10:42 AM,UTC

Hi, is this for sale???

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