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Limelight Studios and Salvation Army Heritage Centre

City of Melbourne | C05

The building which houses the Limelight Studios in its attic was purchased by the Salvation Army after banks foreclosed on the original owner, the YMCA. The attic roof was raised to allow for a commercial photographic studio to operate under Captain Joseph Perry. In 1896, Commandant Herbert Booth assumed control of the AustralasianTerritory, the headquarters of which was at 69 Bourke Street. He encouraged Perry to produce and display motion picture films, and thus the Limelight Department was formed. Some 400 films were produced until its closure in 1909. The two most significant productions were ‘Soldiers of the Cross’ (a 2.5 hour costumed epic made in 1900) and the ‘Inauguration of the Commonwealth’ (a 45-minute documentary commissioned by the colonial Government in 1901). The Limelight Studio has survived intact, isolated on the roof, and now houses a museum.

Need to Know

  • Open: Thursday 3 & Thursday 1 January 10am - 4pm

  • Expect Queues: Yes

    Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: The Attic Film Studio and Museum

  • Tour Type: C05

  • Tour Details: Tours half-hourly from 10 am until 4 pm, running for 30 minutes, in groups of 20

  • Access: Fully accessible

  • Building Type: Cultural

  • Year Built: 1888

  • Transport: Stop 9: Spring St/Bourke St on routes 86 and 96


69 Bourke St, Melbourne 3000, VIC


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