Event Cinemas

505-525 George Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Event Cinemas

This multiplex cinema was originally shared between the 3 big cinema chains in Australia ‘Greater Union Cinemas’ ‘Village Roadshow Cinemas’ and ‘Hoyts Cinemas’ when it first opened on 8th January 1977. The Hoyts Theatres had 7-screens and 4,382 seats in their Entertainment Centre. Greater Union Theatres operated the Rapallo (ex Victory Theatre from the 1930’s) and Paramount Theatre (a conversion of a factory building into a cinema in the 1960’s). Village Theatres opened a newly built 3-screen complex, and later added another two screens. These were later demolished. The Greater Union Cinemas and the Hoyts Theatres were incorportated into the current complex.

Since renovation was completed in 2001, this cinema is now the busiest cinema in Australia doing 30 – 40 thousand admissions per week and 10 – 20 thousand in quiet weeks.

It is now operated by Greater Union Theatres. In 2010, it was re-branded Event Cinemas.

Contributed by Jake Nowdy

Recent comments (view all 15 comments)

80sOgre on March 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I dont know what to say now, I mean… I loved that movie theatre. I have heaps of great memories of playing the video games and smoking cigs up stairs in my early teenage years. Yes it was pretty plain and without frills but i loved the wide foyer and those stairs. Hard to get photos from its hay day in the 80s. I hope this doesn’t mean i will be black listed for this admission

80sOgre on September 13, 2009 at 1:54 pm

well i just got back from holiday in sydney and this complex is no longer hoyts but now greater union “ event cinemas”

Rogere on January 6, 2010 at 5:17 am

When it first opened the foyer was like an airport it was wonderful I even bought a second hand film book which I treasure.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Can it really be that Bad,sounds like a big dumping ground for movies.

Rogere on December 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Correction. Village opened with 3 screen complex with a further 2 planned screens at a later date which happend so it became a 5 cinema complex.

itinerama on June 19, 2016 at 6:15 am

The Village complex was later demolished and never became part of the Greater Union / Hoyts complexes when they were joined together.

FredtheHead on October 21, 2016 at 11:30 am

The Original Hoyts Entertainment Centre site (505-523 George St) is set to be demolished to make way for another residential skyscraper by Coombes property group in 2017. They have DA Approval from the Sydney City Council and all they are waiting on now is for the final design. The other part of the Event site, 525-527 (Old Paramount and Rapallo) and finally Greater Union on George is staying for the present but there are plans submitted to the SCC for another building to replace that site as well. What was once a great Cinema Strip between Bathurst and Liverpool st will soon be reduced to 1 Multiplex and the old Plaza. As for my self I have great memories of when “The Regent – Hoyts Entertainment Centre – Paramount – Rapallo and Village Cinema City” Took up the whole one side of George St between Bathurst and Liverpool. Great days in the 70’s and 80’s and even greater memories. Ed

FredtheHead on July 19, 2018 at 4:02 am

Good Afternoon. As of today a design winner has been chosen to build a 270m tower/apartment building on the site with demolition and construction to start in 2019/2020. Beginning of the end for the old Hoyts Centre. Fred

davidcoppock on May 7, 2019 at 10:19 am

Opened on 8/1/1977 on the site of the old Trocadero Ballroom with the World premieres of “Eliza Fraser” and “Barney” “The Eagle has landed” and the Australian prenieres of “Silent movie”, “The Pink Panther strikes again” and “Cousin, Cousine"and "The Omen. Opened with 4382 seats.

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