Kings Cross Theatre

Darlinghurst Road,
Kings Cross,
Sydney, NSW 2011

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Kings Cross Theatre

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Located in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Kings Cross, at the corner of Darlinghurst Road and Victoria Street at the intersection with Bayswater Road. The Kings Cross Theatre was opened in April 1916. On 11th August 1928, American organist Joseph Wayne opened the newly installed Wurlitzer 2Manual/10Ranks organ. Other organists to play this instrument were Stanley Cummins and Denis Palmistra.

The Kings Cross Theatre underwent a remodeling in the 1937, and the organ was removed to the Savoy Theatre, Hurstville.

The Kings Cross Theatre was closed in 1963, and was converted into a discotheque. It was demolished in 1969, and today, the high-rise Chifley Hotel and some retail units now stand on the site.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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therowdyman
therowdyman on August 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

The discotheque in question was the famous Surf City. It ran form 1963 until 1965 and was the home ground for many popular groups including: Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, The Missing Links, Ray Brown & The Whispers and Chris Hall & The Torquays.

“In a few years Surf City was no more. That grand 5000 capacity theatre at the top of the Cross, where so much had taken place, was torn down. The Kings Cross underground raliway station sits directly beneath where Surf City stood, and above it one of the greatest pieces of ill-conceived, butt-ugly, cheap architectural sh*t ever built. The Crest Hotel, now the Capital. Tell me money didn’t change hads to make that sort of thing happen. Ask Juanita Nielsen!” – Billy Thorpe, 1998

http://www.milesago.com/venues/surf-city.htm

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