Avalon Cinema Centre
39 Old Barranjoey Road,
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Avalon is one of the northernmost of the Northern Beaches, about 22 miles from Sydney at Broken Bay. Movies were shown in a tent theatre until the Avalon Theatre was built in August, 1955. The debut feature was 20th Century Fox’s “There’s No Business Like Show Business”, and it looked good on the theatre’s wall to wall CinemaScope screen.
The owners, Arnold and Joan Spry, hired architect Bruce Furse to design a very contemporary theatre. It featured great splashes of color on the walls with a rippled ceiling, no proscenium and aboriginal motifs on the curtains.
The Sprys operated the theatre until 1985 when they sold to Mike Walsh’s Hayden Theatres of Cremorne Orpheum fame. He reopened it with a new look of softer, earthy colors as the Hayden Cinema Centre with four screens.
Four years later it was sold to United Cinemas
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