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Goulburn is 120 miles southwest of Sydney in the southern tablelands. It was home to the beautiful old Atmospheric style picture palace the Empire Theatre and the Art Deco style Ritz Theatre.
The architect for the Ritz Theatre was Aaron M. Bolot who had worked for Walter Burley Griffin and was influenced by him and Bruce Dellitt who designed the Liberty Theatre in Sydney. You can see the resemblance to the Liberty Theatre’s tall front in the Ritz Theatre and Bolot’s other Ritz Theatre, in the Randwick suburb of Sydney.
The interior reflected Bolot’s use of art with murals painted on canvas for the curved stairs. Streamlining effects included textured plaster with decorative details for the walls and ceiling carried out by G.R. Lumb & Sons.
The theatre opened in September 1936 and had a long run before closing in 1972.
It was demolished and a few nondescript small buildings occupy the site.
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