Hoyts Castle Theatre

57-61 South Street,
Sydney, NSW 2142

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Located in the Granville district of Sydney. Originally on this site was the open-air Granville Castle Cinema, which opened in 1911 to 1923. The Castle Theatre opened on December 26, 1947 with Gene Kelly in “Living in a Big Way” and Glenn Ford in “Paula”. Seating was provided for 636 in the stalls and 270 in the lounge, a raised seating area at the rear of the auditorium. The Art Deco design took advantage of the Quonset system developed during the war. It was the first cinema to be built in a Quonset style in Australia, and was operated by Western Suburbs Cinemas Ltd.

The Castle Theatre closed on 23rd October 1959 with Bing Crosby in “Going My Way” and a featurette documentary “on the Barrier Reef”. It was converted into a supermarket, and then a reception center in 1986, which is open today with the name Grande Royale.

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