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I remember seeing Davy Crockett with my Dad way back in the 50s at the Paris. later I can remember seeing Tom Jones ther ein the 60s when I was a teenager.
The Paris stopped being a movie house and became, briefly, a live theatre before it disappeared. I saw a Saturday matinee of a tw0-hander called Songs from Sideshwow Alley with Robyn Archer and Maggie Kirkpatirck. I think there were only 5 or 6 of us in the audience. The show was about nostalgia for the old days of Sidenshow Alley at the royal Easter Show and similar shows around the country. Now the Paris itself is part of the nostalgia.
I remmebr going to the Embassy in the 60s. It was where A Hard Days Night was shown. I think it was also where the second Beatles movie, Help, was shown.
We came to live in Sydney in 1953 and lived in Albion St, Surry Hills. So Old West, as I remember everyone calling it, was the local theatre. I really cannot remember anyone calling it the Odeon.
I can very clearly remember seeing some movies at this theatre. I particularly remember Calamity Jane with Doris Day and The African Queen with Hepburn and Bogart. I also remember Abott and Costello Go To The Moon!!! I am sure I saw many more movies but for some reason they are the three that come to mind most easily. We went very regularly on Friday and Saturday nights. After all, no TV in those days.
Every time I am in Sydney and drive along Oxford St I look at the building with great nostalgia. To this day I watch my DVD copie sof Calamity Jane and The African Queen. I guess going to the Odeon/Old West was part of my film upbringng.