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Opened 29 Sep 1928 with Dolores Costello in “Glorious Betsy”, it was designed by noted American theatre architect John Eberson. The local architects were Bohringer, Taylor and Johnson. The Ambassadors Theatre was equipped with a Wurlitzer organ which was opened by organist Les Waldron. Originally built for Union Theatres, it was taken over by Hoyts Theatre in the 1930’s, and over the years they removed many of the statues and other decoration. The Wurlitzer organ was removed in 1946, to be installed in the Regent Theatre, Melbourne, which had been destroyed by fire.
This beautiful theatre closed without any fanfare on 2 Feb 1972 with Sean Connery in “Diamonds Are Forever”, and was demolished. Wanamba Arcade was built on the site, and this included the 750 seat, Hoyts Cinema Two, which opened in 1973.
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