Hoyts Astor Burwood

Burwood Road,
Sydney, NSW 2134

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Hoyts Astor Burwood

Built on the site of the Burwood Palais Theatre in the Burwood district of Sydney. The Astor Theatre opened on Wednesday, August 5th, 1934 with ceremonies from Mayor Reed and a double bill of Errol Flynn in “Captain Blood” and Buster Crabbe in Zane Grey’s “Drift Fence”.

The Astor Theatre was not as opulent as other Western Suburbs Cinemas Ltd. theatres and sported a clean Art Deco style look in contrast to its stable mate, the Burwood Palatial Theatre.

It had no Wurlitzer either and tried community sing-alongs for a while. It did boast air conditioning and the innovative lighting designs that Arnold Zimmerman created for the circuit.

It became Hoyts Astor Theatre in 1944 along with all 24 theatres in WSC Ltd. which merged with Hoyts Theatres chain.

The Astor Theatre was rebuilt as Hoyts Burwood Theatre but was encased into the Westfield Burwood Shopping Centre after it closed in around 1984. The shopping centre & the theatre have since been demolished around 1999 to build a new Westfield Shopping Centre.

Contributed by john gleeson

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Sbrandonsmith on June 1, 2012 at 6:08 am

I don’t think the theatre was demolished in 1966 for the building of Westfield but was encased by the new centre. It may have been demolished since as I haven’t been there since 1979.

Casanoc on August 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm

No you’re right, it definitely wasn’t demolished and the Westfield (which itself is now demolished in favor of a brand new Westfield) encased it just like you said. The marquis and canopy remained intact as well as the interior. I am quite positive that the last movie to play there was Gandhi and it closed sometime in early 1984. The front was replaced by a Lowes (clothing) store. I too have been away from Sydney for many years but I know that this entire including what was left of the front of the old theatre was finally demolished sometime in late 1999 and 2000.

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