Gaelic Club

64 Devonshire Street,
Sydney, NSW 2010

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The venue was used from 1987 to 2000 as an independant cinema showcasing a repertory programme including 3-D films.

For decades prior to this, it functioned as a dance hall for the Irish National Association of Australia, who were the owners of the whole site.

In 2004 it was refurbished as a live music venue and renamed The Gaelic Club.

Contributed by Montaigne Fortenski

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Herrskipper on October 4, 2015 at 10:54 pm

It is sad that this entry deals with the Encore as if it is a going concern. The real Encore as noted above, closed in about 2000 to host bands at the Gaelic Club which was right next door.

The Encore was known as a small but humble arthouse cinema in the less than salubrious part of Sydney, right near Central. It ran a number of Twilight Zone nights. Small but cosy, it was a great place for a quiet Saturday night. It was close to the Oceanic Café, a haven for el cheapo meals.

I remember seeing a poster inside which stated that the owner had a bit part in the movie Ghandi, as a policeman near the end. Does anyone know what happened to the owner, or anything that verifies same?

Sal_Rotondo on October 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Herrskipper, from the “Sydney Cinemas Flashback” Facebook group…use their query function for past comments, photos and hyperlinks about this venue.… (1988 poster)…/new-cinema-opens…/ (1987 Herald);…/16/the-picture-show-man/ (1991 Herald);…/who-framed-felix-the…/…/1995/7/13/screen-unseen/ (1995 Herald);…/no-happy-ending-for…/ (2006 Herald); MGM’s Midnite Movies….Anonymous Jun 13, 2011 06:00 PM…. I saw some of these at a cinema in the 1980s called []s Encore Theatre in Devonshire St Surry Hills Sydney. I remember watching The Trip,Psych Out,Wild In The Streets and the Wild Angels there. It’s no longer there. Below some info about the cinema :– In []s Encore Cinema at 64 Devonshire St, Surry Hills which opened in 1987, operated for over ten years at this site. Previously, it resided in Sydney at Anzac House,[] , Hyde Park and Tom Mann Theatre, Central Station. As well as hosting live performances and various functions, the double-billed repertory programming was sourced from a 13,000 reel private collection of 16mm and 35mm film stored in the basement. A number of related items from the massive archive were dispersed in an estate sale in 2002. The significant collection of 3D prints provided sell-out showings of films like Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein. Other full houses were provided by monthly screenings of the latest Hindi and Tamil productions long before the western craze with all things Bollywood. Barrie Pattison’s Zombie Brigade received its east coast premiere here, too…. joe

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