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 11 comments)

porterfaulkner on June 12, 2004 at 10:34 am

This is the monstrosity that paved the way for the destruction of nearly 20 city cinemas when it was originally opened in 1976. Once it had proved itself as the way to the future of moviegoing all other cinema chains in Sydney disposed of their individual theatres and they were subsequently demolished.Most of those demoished were generally considered some of the prettiest and well maintained in Australia.

The Hoyts Entertainment Centre was built on the site of the Sydney’s art deco ballroom, The Trocadero, and when it opened in 1976 it consisted of 7 screens.All screens were equipped for 70mm but only 3 had screens of a size suitable for 70mm projection. The auditoriums had no decoration whatsoever apart from woollen curtains over the screen. The walls were bare concrete and there were no ceilings, just steel trusses left exposed. The foyer areas were hideous beyond belief, just to prove that Australians could manage to take shopping mall ugly, one step further! From the day it opened it started to deteriorate until it changed hands several times in the 80’s and 90’s. In an effort to make the monster pay for itself they started to economise in drastic ways like dividing cinemas, no maintenance, no trained projection staff,no foyer staff,no security, closing toilets etc until the point that most of the public refused to enter such a filthy, neglected place. It was then decided the place would be remodelled to incorporate the Greater Union complex next door and then show films from all 3 major exhibitors under one roof and split the costs.

Reopening with 17 screens,some have a 70mm capability but distributors won’t supply 70mm prints because of a lack of trained staff. Decoration is less vulgar but still tasteless.In many ways the whole complex is redundant as cinemagoing outside downtown Sydney is a thriving and more pleasant experience.

It may no longer be decrepit and filthy but it sure is the ugliest place in the city centre to see films and pretty much the only choice. All in all a depressing and dangerous place to find yourself for a night out!

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


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.

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


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 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 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 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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