Astra Theatre

Macquarie Street & Marsden Street,
Sydney, NSW 2150

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Astra Theatre

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Located in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta, at the corner of Macquarie Street and Marsden Street. The Astra Theatre opened in November 1935. It was equipped with a Christie 2Manual organ, which comprised of pieces from other organs, and was opened by organist Penn Hughes. The console had an illuminated surround.

The Astra Theatre suffered a small fire in the stage area in 1938. The Astra Theatre continued to operate until 1977, then it was leased out and reopened in 1981, closing in 1986.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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GraemeEdwards on July 2, 2011 at 2:20 am

Hoyts accidently sold the property to an agent for Greater Union and they built a triple in the 80s which still stands and some screens converted to a Health Centre.

Astratrayboy on May 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I worked at the Astra as a “trayboy” for about 2 years in the early 60’s. The Astra was one of only 2 cinemas in Sydney to have the “TODD-AO” projection system with the massive curved screen & 6 track stereophonic sound.

We screened “Cleopatra” after it’s “roadshow” run at the Mayfair theatre in Castlereagh street in the city. We had reserved seating & phone reservations (how things have changed) & the film ran for several months.

I remember how exciting it was to hear the overture played with the beautiful gold cutrains still closed & then they opened to show that massive screen. Such wonderful memories for a teenager in those days.

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