Can anyone help the pictures in the following gallery which were sent in by my informant Ian Calder Potts (whose family, we soon discovered, were very friendly with my mum’s family in East Griqualand). The scans came from a book of postcards and Ian is interested in getting a date for when the pictures were taken.
One item of particular interest is the view of West Street which shows the Electric Theatre near Payne Brothers. There is a mystery about this because the Electric, Durban’s first cinema, was always believed to have been on the site of the present Medwood Gardens and there are pictures of it there. Cinema history expert Mikhail Pappas says that he has seen a contemporary advert which refers to the West Street address so the cinema must have moved there quite early in its life. He is busy chasing down leads and will let us know when any more information comes to light.Share this: