Hoyts Goulburn

263 Auburn Street,
Goulburn, NSW 2580

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Hoyts Goulburn

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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.

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.

Contributed by john gleeson

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darrenparlett on August 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I used work near this location and a KFC now occupies the location. Back in the early eighties, a billboard for the Village Drive In was set out as you drove its lot. Last posters were CATHOLIC BOYS & RED SONIA (both were on video at the time and never got to play coz the drive In had closed down and those posters faded over a 3 year period…sad really

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