The Dracula play premiered in 1924, and by the time it was shown at the Palace Theater in Sydney – it starred Bela Lugosi. Only three years after this photo was taken, Bela would go on to star in the Dracula movie. The transition from stage to screen was such a trend, that the Theater Palace switched to motion pictures in 1930.
Source: “Dracula” (1929) by Sam Hood. State Library of New South Wales, public domain.