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Cecil Masey, a famous cinema designer, was the architect of the small and elegant News Theatre, which opened August 22nd, 1938. It is situated in the basement of the Queens Hotel, Queens Building right next to the main Railway Station and it lasted as a news theatre until 1966.
Following a name change to Classic Cinema it became a regular cinema until 1969 when, like some other cinemas in the Classic chain it was rebranded the Tatler Cinema Club and began screening erotic films. In 1979 it reverted to the Classic name and more respectable programming.
It closed sometime in the 1980’s and became the Bondi Beach Bar. By the summer of 2007 this had closed and the building was boarded-up. It was converted into a lap-dancing club, but by 2019 it has been converted into meeting rooms & office space.
It is a Grade II Listed building.
(Not to be confused with the Tatler Theatre which has its own page on Cinema Treasures)
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