188 Albert Street,
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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Empire Theatre, Hoyts St. James Theatre
Located near the corner of Albert Street and Queen Street. The Empire Theatre was opened as a vaudeville theatre in January 1911. Seating was provided in stalls and circle levels. It was equipped with a projection box and screened films as part of the vaudeville programme.
It was re-modelled in an Art Deco style in 1933 to the plans of architects George Rae and D.F. Cowell Ham and re-opened on 15th April 1933 as the St. James Theatre, becoming a full time cinema as part of the Hoyts Theatres chain. It was equipped with Todd-AO 70mm projectors and played “South Pacific”, “Around the World in 80 Days” and “Cleopatra”.
In 1965 minor alterations were carried out and it re-opened as the Paris Cinema with “The Sound of Music” on 28th July 1965. Hoyts Theatres continued to operate the Paris Cinema. Other big hits to play here were “My Fair Lady”, “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Last Tango in Paris” and “The Poseidon Adventure”.
The Paris Theatre was closed in 1980 and was demolished in 1986. Part of the Myer Centre now stands on the site.
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