57 Macquarie Street,
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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres
Styles: Art Deco
Located in the western Sydney suburb of Parramatta, at the corner of Macquarie Street and Marsden Street. The Astra Theatre opened on 21st 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 on 10th September 1984.
It was demolished and Great Union Cinemas built and opened their Greater Union Movies 3 on the site which opened on 15th August 1985 with Michael J. Fox in “Back to the Future” (it has its own page on Cinema Treasures).
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