Odeon Campsie

283 Beamish Street,
Sydney, NSW 2194

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Odeon Campsie

Located in the Campsie district west of Sydney. Began as an open-air theatre in 1906. This was roofed over in 1912 and ran until 1923 when it was rebuilt as the Excelsis Theatre, re-opening on 1st February 1923.

Greater Union Theatres took over in 1948, a year in which many theatres were to be christened Odeons, the western suburbs equivalent of the Kings circuit. The design by Guy Crick featured a large, plain but commanding facade and an unusual flowing Streamline Moderne style for the interior.

The last film shown was Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” on 20th January 1972. The Odeon was demolished and replaced by a shopping arcade, the Campsie Mall.

Contributed by john gleeson

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davidcoppock on August 11, 2017 at 7:03 am

Opened as Campsie Palace Pictures(1911 to 1922) and demolished. Rebuilt and called Excelsis Theatre(opened on ½/1923 and closed in 1945! Opened as Odeon Campsie in 1946 and Closed on 20/1/1972. The theatre was demolished(date unonown?) and the site is now a bank(Commonwealth Bank, 255 Beamish Street).

davidcoppock on August 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

Anyone know the name of the old theatre building(257 Beamish Street, Campsie) next door(to the right) of the Commonwealth bank building(there now), now a butcher shop(Campsie Best Meats, also called Mister Butcher(i think?)). The theatre sign(still there) is inreadable(i think?)).

davidcoppock on August 11, 2017 at 3:54 pm

Correction – Excelsis Theatre opened on first of February, 1923.

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