Century Theatre

586 George Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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davidcoppock on June 6, 2018 at 2:28 am

Site is now an office building.

rivest266 on July 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm

This opened as Crystal Palace on June 24th, 1912 and reopened as Century on January 25th, 1938. Both grand opening ads for these cinemas are in the photo section. My Fair Lady opened on July 28th, 1965.

itsjohn on February 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

I remember the last movie I ever saw featured on the marquee here was the surf title Summer City, starring a very young Mel Gibson. Late 1977 / early 1978. The Arcade next door had the soundtrack specialists Ava and Susans for years as well.

Glenn Fraser
Glenn Fraser on May 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hey Ian, do you have any info on the Star at Bondi Junction? Thanks!

Ianinsydney on April 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

The Century theatre was altered for cinemascope in 1954. There was a slight increase in widening the proscenium as a result. In 1938,the theatre posessed an early electroninc Hammond organ. The console was located left side of the stage in a niche column that portuded out in front of the prosecnium. It was demolished in 1954,no one knows what became of the organ. Stanfield Holiday appeared there for the opening,follwed by Penn Hughes.

Ianinsydney on April 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm

Projection equipment in the Century Theatre was Cinemeccanica Victoria 8 35/70mm with Ascraft arcs. The plant was installed for the Sydney season of “MY FAIR LADY” in 1965. However,the long narrow auditorium did not really enhance the 70mm movies. The screen was only 36ft wide. Xebex zenon lamphouse replaced the ashcraft in 1974.

Projectors sold to Campbelltown Dumaresque Street twin in 1980.

les on November 1, 2005 at 7:41 pm

Muggo, check your Newcastle City Library for a copy of “Front Stalls or Back: A History of the Newcastle Theatres” by Les Tod (me) and Kevin Cork. Or a 2nd hand bookshop. It covers all the theatres in Newcastle city and suburbs.

muggo on September 28, 2004 at 3:45 am

does anybody know anything about the century theatre at broadmeadow in newcastle new south wales australia it was demolished after the earthquake I would love any info or floorplans