Event Cinemas

505-525 George Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Hute on July 12, 2021 at 6:57 am

Some good news for now. The proposed development has been put on hold for a few years.


CorusFTW on October 22, 2020 at 2:27 pm

I think this cinema held the premiere of “The Wiggles Movie” on December 18, 1997, as it was the only movie theatre in the City Centre at the time.

P on April 23, 2020 at 8:52 pm

The redevelopment is pending approval

P on April 23, 2020 at 8:51 pm

It may be re-developed into a 7 screen cinema.




P on July 5, 2019 at 4:12 am

There are now only 15 cinemas inside (since the 2 boutique cinemas occupy a large space). The new combined seating capacity (overall) is 3347 seats.

davidcoppock on May 7, 2019 at 5:19 am

Opened on 8/1/1977 on the site of the old Trocadero Ballroom with the World premieres of “Eliza Fraser” and “Barney” “The Eagle has landed” and the Australian prenieres of “Silent movie”, “The Pink Panther strikes again” and “Cousin, Cousine"and "The Omen. Opened with 4382 seats.

Hute on July 18, 2018 at 11:02 pm

Good Afternoon. As of today a design winner has been chosen to build a 270m tower/apartment building on the site with demolition and construction to start in 2019/2020. Beginning of the end for the old Hoyts Centre. Fred

Hute on October 21, 2016 at 6:30 am

The Original Hoyts Entertainment Centre site (505-523 George St) is set to be demolished to make way for another residential skyscraper by Coombes property group in 2017. They have DA Approval from the Sydney City Council and all they are waiting on now is for the final design. The other part of the Event site, 525-527 (Old Paramount and Rapallo) and finally Greater Union on George is staying for the present but there are plans submitted to the SCC for another building to replace that site as well. What was once a great Cinema Strip between Bathurst and Liverpool st will soon be reduced to 1 Multiplex and the old Plaza. As for my self I have great memories of when “The Regent – Hoyts Entertainment Centre – Paramount – Rapallo and Village Cinema City” Took up the whole one side of George St between Bathurst and Liverpool. Great days in the 70’s and 80’s and even greater memories. Ed

itinerama on June 19, 2016 at 1:15 am

The Village complex was later demolished and never became part of the Greater Union / Hoyts complexes when they were joined together.

Rogere on December 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Correction. Village opened with 3 screen complex with a further 2 planned screens at a later date which happend so it became a 5 cinema complex.

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Mike Rogers on March 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Can it really be that Bad,sounds like a big dumping ground for movies.

Rogere on January 6, 2010 at 12:17 am

When it first opened the foyer was like an airport it was wonderful I even bought a second hand film book which I treasure.

80sOgre on September 13, 2009 at 8:54 am

well i just got back from holiday in sydney and this complex is no longer hoyts but now greater union “ event cinemas”

80sOgre on March 26, 2009 at 11:30 am

I dont know what to say now, I mean… I loved that movie theatre. I have heaps of great memories of playing the video games and smoking cigs up stairs in my early teenage years. Yes it was pretty plain and without frills but i loved the wide foyer and those stairs. Hard to get photos from its hay day in the 80s. I hope this doesn’t mean i will be black listed for this admission

woody on January 16, 2009 at 5:00 am

photos taken dec 2008, externally grim and internally a very standard multiplex interior very dark walls with dark marble effect tiled floor and very strong smell of popcorn but extremely busy


bartman1 on August 8, 2007 at 8:42 am

Greater Union now is the sole operator. Village left first and now Hoyts operate from their Entertainment Quarter and Cinema Paris.

astrid on May 14, 2006 at 5:22 pm

i need pictures of this cinema ASAP either in its current state or in its oringinal glory as the sydney trocadero


porterfaulkner on June 12, 2004 at 1:34 pm

This is the monstrosity that paved the way for the destruction of nearly 20 city cinemas when it was originally opened in 1976. Once it had proved itself as the way to the future of moviegoing all other cinema chains in Sydney disposed of their individual theatres and they were subsequently demolished.Most of those demoished were generally considered some of the prettiest and well maintained in Australia.

The Hoyts Entertainment Centre was built on the site of the Sydney’s art deco ballroom, The Trocadero, and when it opened in 1976 it consisted of 7 screens.All screens were equipped for 70mm but only 3 had screens of a size suitable for 70mm projection. The auditoriums had no decoration whatsoever apart from woollen curtains over the screen. The walls were bare concrete and there were no ceilings, just steel trusses left exposed. The foyer areas were hideous beyond belief, just to prove that Australians could manage to take shopping mall ugly, one step further! From the day it opened it started to deteriorate until it changed hands several times in the 80’s and 90’s. In an effort to make the monster pay for itself they started to economise in drastic ways like dividing cinemas, no maintenance, no trained projection staff,no foyer staff,no security, closing toilets etc until the point that most of the public refused to enter such a filthy, neglected place. It was then decided the place would be remodelled to incorporate the Greater Union complex next door and then show films from all 3 major exhibitors under one roof and split the costs.

Reopening with 17 screens,some have a 70mm capability but distributors won’t supply 70mm prints because of a lack of trained staff. Decoration is less vulgar but still tasteless.In many ways the whole complex is redundant as cinemagoing outside downtown Sydney is a thriving and more pleasant experience.

It may no longer be decrepit and filthy but it sure is the ugliest place in the city centre to see films and pretty much the only choice. All in all a depressing and dangerous place to find yourself for a night out!

PAULB on January 3, 2004 at 6:51 am

Repulsive in every way. It even was in 1976 when it opened and public disgust made the owners in the 90s clean it up. Today it is just one big gaudy rabbit warren of horrible boxes that show crap movies.