Hoyts Town Theatre
303-305 Pitt Street,
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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.
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