Event Cinemas

505-525 George Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Event Cinemas

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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 in 1976. The Hoyts Theatres had 7-screens and 4,382 seats. 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 screns. All these have now been 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 2009, it was re-branded Event Cinemas

Contributed by Jake Nowdy

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

astrid
astrid on May 14, 2006 at 2:22 pm

i need pictures of this cinema ASAP either in its current state or in its oringinal glory as the sydney trocadero

cheers!

bartman1
bartman1 on August 8, 2007 at 5:42 am

Greater Union now is the sole operator. Village left first and now Hoyts operate from their Entertainment Quarter and Cinema Paris.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 4, 2008 at 11:57 am

Here is a photo of Hoyts Cinema Centre dated 26 December 1976.

woody
woody on January 16, 2009 at 2:00 am

photos taken dec 2008, externally grim and internally a very standard multiplex interior very dark walls with dark marble effect tiled floor and very strong smell of popcorn but extremely busy

exterior
http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3200355666/
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/woody1969/3199505241/

80sOgre
80sOgre on March 26, 2009 at 8:30 am

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
80sOgre on September 13, 2009 at 5:54 am

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

Rogere
Rogere on January 5, 2010 at 9:17 pm

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 1:28 pm

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

Rogere
Rogere on December 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

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.

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