State Newsreel Theatrette

49 Market Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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The Newsreel space today

A sliver of the eastern side of the magnificent State Theatre’s basement became the State Newsreel Theatrette in late-1931. Owners Greater Union saw the huge popularity of the “Fox Movietone” weekly newsreels, one with local content, one with international content. Using their feature production subsidiary, Cinesound, GU premiered the “Cinesound Review”.

Like most newsreel theatres, the State Newsreel Theaterette had a long, narrow auditorium with no effort made to reflect the architectural splendor of the mothership above.

When TV put the newsreels out of business, it began to run feature films and was known as State Theatre 2. After long periods of not being used, it was eventually converted to the Statement lounge and bar in 2009.

Contributed by john gleeson

Recent comments (view all 2 comments)

brucek on January 13, 2014 at 12:55 pm

I think I’m correct in saying that the National Film & Sound Archives here in Canberra have several rows of the seats from the State Newsreel theatre, for use in their own theatrette.

popcorn_pete on February 15, 2018 at 11:25 am

The bar has now closed and the space is used by the Q Hotel as a private function area.

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