159 Beamish Street,
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Orion Function Centre (Official)
Previously operated by: Greater Union Theatres
Architects: P. Gordon Craig
Styles: Art Deco
Located in the south-western Sydney suburb of Campsie. The Orion Theatre was opened on 3rd April 1936. It was named after the bright constellation, and was known as the ‘Theatre of the Stars’. It was independently operated until 1953, when it was taken over by Greater Union Theatres.
Last operating as as Fridays and Saturdays only operation, it was closed on 31st January 1959. It was purchased by the local council in 1964, and converted into an indoor market.
In 1984, it was refurbished, and still owned by the local council, is in use as a banqueting hall and community centre.
The Wurlitzer 3Manual/15Rank organ originally in the Capitol Theatre, Sydney city centre, has been installed into the Orion Theatre, and is now played at regular concerts organised by the Theatre Organ Society of Australia (TOSA), New South Wales Division.
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