43-45 East Esplanade,
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The Embassy Theatre, located in the Sydney beachside suburb of Manly, opened on 25th August 1933, with seating for 1,800.
The theatre was decorated in a Spanish style, which was very popular in the 1930’s. When CinemaScope was later installed, the seating was decreased to 1,544 seats.
The theatre was initially operated by the Smythe family, and in 1944, the family made an arrangement with Greater Union Theatres for their subsidiary, Acme Theatres, to do film buying for the family. A few years later, in 1948, the GU chain purchased the theatre outright.
After the closure in January 1960, of the Odeon Theatre (former Rialto Theatre) located on The Corso, the name Odeon was transfered to the Embassy Theatre. As the 1980’s rolled on, every attempt was made to save the theatre from demolition, but it eventually closed on Wednesday, March 7, 1984 with Wendy Hughes in “Careful, He Might Hear You” and “Local Hero”. It was demolished some 12 months later.
An apartment block has since been erected on the site, which included space for a twin cinema. First operated by Greater Union as the Manly Twin Cinema, it is still in operation today as the independent Manly Cinemas.
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