De Wicht Zaal - Wicht Memorial Hall
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De Wicht Zaal (The Wicht Hall) of the Nieuwe Kerk (NG community Tamboerskloof) was in later years the Alabama Cinema, but was demolished in 1985 because the funds necessary for renovations could not be found. The community sold it in 1946 for £13 300 to the Nasionale Pers who used it as a store. According to the cornerstone it was built in 1889/1890. In earlier years it was used as a Sunday school church and cultural gatherings. A member of the Nieuwe Kerk community, Mrs. Elizabeth Johanna Wicht, made the funds available for the building.
When Rennie inspected it in 1977, it was the Alabama Cinema.
Single storey, Victorian with parapet, cornice and entrance pediment (extensively modified during a replastering). Granite steps, encaustic tiled threshold, hipped bituminous felt covered roof. (Possibly the work of architect G. M. Alexander)
(The Argus 16 Jun 1984:8; Pryce-Lewis list item 2 304)
All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.
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