Hoyts Vogue Theatre

55-57 Parramatta Road,
Sydney, NSW 2140

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres, Western Suburbs Cinemas Ltd.

Architects: Charles Bohringer, L. J. Buckland

Styles: Neo-Classical, Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Homebush Theatre, Vogue Theatre

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Hoyts Vogue Theatre

Located in west Sydney suburb of Homebush. The Homebush Theatre was opened on 2nd April 1925 with Anna Q. Nilsoon in “Half-a-Dollar Bill” and Vera Reynolds in “Feet of Clay”, with 1,805 seats. It was taken over by Western Suburbs Cinemas circuit in the 1930’s and in 1939, the interior was modernised in an Art Moderne style by architect L. J. Buckland, and seating reduced to 1,497. It re-opened on 19th August 1939 as the Vogue Theatre, with Priscilla Lane in “Yes, My Darling Daughter” and Barry K. Barnes in “This Man Is News”.

Taken over by Hoyts Theatres in March 1944, it became Hoyts Vogue Theatre, and was closed on 19th December 1959 with Deborah Kerr in “Count Your Blessings” and Steve Brodie in “Here Come the Jets”.

It was converted into an ice skating rink, and this use lasted until 1980. After laying unused for several years, it was converted into a cabaret venue, known as the Night Rider Theatre Restaurant, which opened in 1986. It later became the Midnight Star Reception Centre, used as a banquet and dance hall. This closed in 1996, and since then the building has stood empty and unused and is available ‘To Let’.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davidcoppock on April 24, 2020 at 2:29 am

Squatters moved inside in february 2002, and renamed it the Midnight Star Social Centre, using it for raves,gigs, pirate cinema screenings, internet workspace and various artivist meetings. The police moved the squatters out in december 2002.

davidcoppock on April 24, 2020 at 2:43 am

The building(gutted inside) has been heritage listed by the local council(Strathfield Council). There some photos of the inside and outside of the building on the website www.pastlivesofthepresent.com

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