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His Majesty's Theatre
Marshallstown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

COOK and COWEN: Architect
REID and KNUCKEY (PTY) LTD: Contractor

Style:Art Deco - Monolithic
Status:Adaptive re-use
Street:Commisioner/Eloff/Fox/Joubert Sts


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26°12'20.22" S 28°02'37.16" E Alt: 1762m

Address: 118,120,122,124 Commissioner; 51,53 Eloff; 117,119,121,123 Fox; 20,22 Joubert.

(SAB Jan 1938:60)

Transcription of Blue Plaque:



African Consolidated Theatres commissioned J.C. Cook & Cowen to
design a new theatre and office complex in 1937, to replace the
theatre of the same name which had opened in 1903. Construction
was interrupted by World War II and only completed in 1945.
Decorated with the plushness befitting royalty, His Majesty’s
Theatre became the venue for spectacular productions. The
theatre occupied the central block between the office towers
which were topped with steel crowns, lit up at night.
Advocate Joe Slovo, a leading communist and later
Chief of Staff of Umkonto we Sizwe in the
Anti-Apartheid Struggle, had chambers
in the office towers.

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