Classic Cinema

9 Gordon Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3185

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Classic Cinema

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Originally built as the Elsternwick Public Hall in 1889. It was altered and converted into a cinema by architect Frank G. Richardson and opened in August 1911. The facade is classical style with three bays, each of which has a pediment on top. There are delicate stone mouldings over the entrance doors.

It operated as the Elster Theatre from opening until 1946 when it was re-named Esquire Cinema until 1967. Closed for a couple of years, it re-opened as the Sharon Cinema in 1969. From 1971 it was taken over by the current owners and re-named Classic Cinema when it had 442 seats. In recent years 4 new screens have been added to the right hand side of the original building. There is a cafe located in the foyer and it operates as a popular art house cinema, which also screens mainstream movies.

Contributed by KenRoe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 8, 2008 at 5:09 pm

A photograph of the rear of the 4-screen addition:

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on March 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

A set of photographs I took on a ‘day off’ from the Cinema Theatre Association(UK) visit to Australia that I organised in February 2006. The Classic Cinema was not part of the official visit:
Original Exterior
New and original exteriors
Original and new entrances
Original entrance

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