Odeon Rockdale

566 Princes Highway,
Sydney, NSW 2216

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Odeon Rockdale

Rockdale is nine miles south of Sydney’s cbd on the western shores of Botany Bay and was declared a City in 1995.

Films were shown at this address in 1915 and a proper theatre building was constructed in 1921, called the Acme Theatre. It was operated by Broadway Theatres Ltd. who also ran the Rockdale Rex Theatre.

In 1945 the Acme Theatre was refurbished with new seats and the building brought up to code with additional exits. Greater Union took over 1n March 1947, managing the theatre as a member of their Odeon circuit. The actual owners were Acme Theatres Ltd. who had ongoing clashes with GU over complaints about maintenance and safety matters affecting license renewals.

By 1969 Acme Theatres was gone and the new operator was GU’s Odeon-Kings subsidiary. This lasted until late-1973 when GU closed the theatre. It was sold after a few years and reopened as the Alfa Theatre only to be destroyed in a huge fire in April 1977.

Contributed by john gleeson

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johngleeson
johngleeson on August 24, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Australian humorist Clive James spent much of his youth at the Rockdale Odeon. http://www.clivejames.com/books/metcrit/violence

bogart
bogart on May 28, 2015 at 9:36 pm

The Rockdale Odeon… as a young boy I went to many matinees on a Saturday,I new all the kids in the area, we would go to Kogarah Mecca,Hurstville Savoy,and civic… what great times they were..nothing lasts forever.but it was great being part of it..

bogart
bogart on May 28, 2015 at 9:39 pm

If any one went to this cinema during the early1960’s as a kid would like to hear from you.my name is Dennis Carter…

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