Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

69 Avoca Drive,
Avoca Beach, NSW 2251

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Avoca Beach Picture Theatre

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The Avoca Beach Theatre opened in December 1951 and is a charming single-screen cinema an hour and a half north of Sydney, Australia in the small village of Avoca Beach. It sits in a garden setting just 60 yards from a fantastic surf beach. The theatre, with originally 500 seats, runs all day, six days a week with mainly art house movies.

The building is free standing, with a funky foyer full of memobilia. French doors open onto a terrace and a view through to the sea, past the towering Norfolk pine. This is the prettiest cinema in Australia and one of a dying breed of single screens.

Sadly, the owners want to turn it into three screens, completely killing the existing charm. A spirited campaign is underway to stop this from happening. If you would like to help by writing a letter or arousing some overseas interest please email Mike Rubbo at .au

The Avoca Beach Theatre was closed in May 2006 and re-opened under new management in September 2006.

Contributed by Mike rubbo

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 8, 2008 at 12:04 pm

A December 2005 photograph of the charming Avoca Beach Theatre:
http://flickr.com/photos/jayjay04/182290677/
A view of one of the architects models, of proposals for remodeling the theatre, dated 2004:
http://flickr.com/photos/jayjay04/182349418/

johngleeson
johngleeson on March 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Foyer photo courtesy of Paul Brennan. At age 19 Paul leased the Avoca, then ruined and sodden from storm damage and saved it from demolition. He spent 17 years there turning it into a well maintained and loved local treasure. The foyer was filled with photos, posters and souvenirs from the glory days of theatres like the Plaza, the Summer Hill Grosvenor and the Capitol…souvenirs like the three red Metro seats.

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