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Tonight at O’Brien’s

Savvy theatre operators were quick to recognise the power of the local when it came to filling the house. Many cinemas employed cameramen to record local events, rapidly processed the films, which were then on the cinema screen within days – and people flocked to see themselves.

In this case O’Brien’s Empire Theatre, Dunedin’s De Luxe Picture House, filmed the 1921 Anzac Day Parade (25 April) and the unveiling of the North East Valley Memorial. By 28 April the Otago Daily Times carried the advertisement “Special Announcement Re Anzac Day. Pictures of the unveiling, the wreaths, the children, the parade of Anzacs, the councillors and the crowds etc would be shown that night at O’Brien’s”.

This was a remarkable achievement when you consider the necessary developing, printing, processing, editing and delivery that had to occur to make these events happen so quickly.

Year:1921

LocationDunedin, New Zealand

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Tonight at O’Brien’s

Savvy theatre operators were quick to recognise the power of the local when it came to filling the house. Many cinemas employed cameramen to record local events, rapidly processed the films, which were then on the cinema screen within days – and people flocked to see themselves.

In this case O’Brien’s Empire Theatre, Dunedin’s De Luxe Picture House, filmed the 1921 Anzac Day Parade (25 April) and the unveiling of the North East Valley Memorial. By 28 April the Otago Daily Times carried the advertisement “Special Announcement Re Anzac Day. Pictures of the unveiling, the wreaths, the children, the parade of Anzacs, the councillors and the crowds etc would be shown that night at O’Brien’s”.

This was a remarkable achievement when you consider the necessary developing, printing, processing, editing and delivery that had to occur to make these events happen so quickly.


Year: 1921

Length: 0:03:06

Production Company: O’Brien’s Empire Theatre

Source: Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Catalogue Reference: F10327 Anzac Day at Dunedin


Location: Dunedin, New Zealand

Tags: 1921, Anzac Day Parades, War Memorials, Boxer Service, Dunedin, Ōtepoti, O’Brien’s Empire Theatre, De Luxe Picture House, North East Valley Memorial, Otago Daily Times, WWI, World War One, RSA, New Zealand, New Zealanders

Subject: Anzac Day Parades, War Memorials, Boxer Service, Dunedin


The film shows the horse-drawn gun carriage, clad with bouquets. The accompanying escort is part of the “Boxer Service”. RSA (Returned and Services' Association) President Dr Ernest Boxer wanted the nation to adopt a nationwide observance, based on a symbolic re-enactment of a military burial.