African Theatres

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Colloquial name for African Consolidated Theatres. Also known by its acronym: ACT.

Founded as African Theatres Trust in 1913 by I.W. Schlesinger and A.H. Stodel (Harry Stodel), this empire eventually grew to encompass the cinema industry as well and was renamed African Consolidated Theatres. Soon the company became central to the development of professional theatre and film in the country, and remained so till its demise. Between 1920 and 1960 virtually no-one could play the cities without the support and involvement of African Consolidated Theatres, or at least utilizing their facilities.


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