Hoyts Town Theatre

303-305 Pitt Street,
Sydney, NSW 2001

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Hoyts Town Theatre

The smallest of Hoyts city theatres, this house was known as the Esquire Theatre in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, becoming the Town Theatre in 1965. Programming was mostly Fox second string films. Big star westerns that weren’t expected to do well were booked – films like “Broken Lance”, “Warlock”, “Track of the Cat”, and oddball films like “Modesty Blaise”.

Like the nearby Palace Theatre the Town Theatre had a small CinemaScope screen that didn’t do justice to outdoor sagas. As the Town Theatre it tried to go upscale with some foreign titles that would have gone to the Paris Theatre, now a home for blockbusters.

In the final years it ran X-Rated fare but closed and was demolished for a skyscraper with offices and a shopping arcade.

Contributed by john gleeson

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impalax327 on April 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm

A lasting pubescent memory of this theatre was during it’s final years. I think it must’ve been showing some of Russ Meyer’s work and adorned on the facade were a massive pair of fiberglass/ paper mache breasts, somewhere around 6 feet high. I regret not paying more attention now!

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