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Some good news for now.
The proposed development has been put on hold for a few years.
Saw CYBORG there in August/September 1989.
It Closed not long after that.
As of today a design winner has been chosen to build a 270m tower/apartment building on the site with demolition and construction to start in 2019/2020.
Beginning of the end for the old Hoyts Centre.
After 4 months in my spare time redrawing the 5 Cinema design the Parent Firm says they still look to close to the Original Plans.
So I give up , and hopefully some photos will emerge in the future of this Multiplex.
All the Best.
A really unique Cinema.
1st time i went there was for Star Trek The Motion Picture.
I remember walking down a narrow Foyer to the cinema doors and thinking “this place will be tiny”. Once through the doors however my thoughts were “WOW This place is Huge”.
The Screen area was wide and watching Raiders of the Lost Ark there was an experience.
Even though its brick perimeter were 3 old buildings gutted , The Designers did a Great job with the interior.
I Was not that impressed with its replacement the “Greater Union on George”, It had 2 decent sized cinemas but not the nostalgia of The Paramount and Rapallo next door.
Another sad loss to Sydney.
The Original Hoyts Entertainment Centre site (505-523 George St) is set to be demolished to make way for another residential skyscraper by Coombes property group in 2017. They have DA Approval from the Sydney City Council and all they are waiting on now is for the final design.
The other part of the Event site, 525-527 (Old Paramount and Rapallo) and finally Greater Union on George is staying for the present but there are plans submitted to the SCC for another building to replace that site as well.
What was once a great Cinema Strip between Bathurst and Liverpool st will soon be reduced to 1 Multiplex and the old Plaza.
As for my self I have great memories of when “The Regent – Hoyts Entertainment Centre – Paramount – Rapallo and Village Cinema City” Took up the whole one side of George St between Bathurst and Liverpool.
Great days in the 70’s and 80’s and even greater memories.
Here is a link with 2 photos,1 of the Exterior and 1 of the interior of cinema 2.(Photos 3&4)
I will put up in a few months Floor Plans and Sections of the 5 Cinema Multiplex as it was in 1976 after i redraw them as i have been advised putting up the originals will breach copyright.