Auditorium after alterations for CinemaScope exhibition.

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Auditorium after alterations for CinemaScope exhibition.

When CinemaScope was introduced, the Regents in Sydney and Melbourne had a new wide screen erected over the organ and orchestra lifts, hiding the original prosceniums. Melbourne’s was soon removed and the screen placed back on stage, but that in Sydney remained until the closure of the theatre. The Australian founded Hoyts Theatres was by this time a wholly owned subsidiary of Twentieth Century-Fox.

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DavidColes
DavidColes on December 22, 2020 at 9:29 pm

The side boxes were not just ornamental, and could be accessed from the side exit stairway. However, they were far too close to the screen for viewing a film. The stairway carried on to ground level where it exited into a private side laneway used as a parking area for Hoyts executives during the day (Their offices were located above the Plaza and Century theaters across the road).

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