Mandolin Cinema

150 Elizabeth Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

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Previous Names: Australian Hall, Phillip Theatre, Richbrooke Theatre, Rivoli Theatre, Dave's Encore Cinema, Mandarin Theatre

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the original hall

The Australian Hall was originally built in 1901 as the Concordia Club, a meeting place for the German community. It opened on 20th December 1911 as a live theatre, known as Australian Hall. It became the Phillip Theatre in 1961, when the Phillip Street Theatre moved into the building. It was later re-named Richbrooke Theatre. In 1974, it was converted into a cinema, known as the Rivoli Theatre, opening with Peter Sellers in “The Optimists of Nine Elms”.

Later name changes include Mandarin Cinema, screening Chinese films, and it was last operated as the Mandolin Cinema, screening independent and repertory films.

It was closed in the early-2000’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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John Gaspar
John Gaspar on February 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

It was Dave’s Encore Cinema for a few years from early 1981 to perhaps 1983 (?) Unfortunately there’s almost nothing online about Dave’s, just some archives newspaper articles. Sad.

John Gaspar
John Gaspar on February 24, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Oops, had the dates wrong. Dave’s Encore was there in the mid to late 1970s.

tedgz on September 23, 2013 at 6:07 am

Saw some great independent films here in the 1980’s and early 90’s. Good times.

Megalaxis on October 1, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Click on the “PHOTOS” tab (above)

davidcoppock on October 13, 2020 at 6:18 am

Heritage listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2/4/1999. Heritage listed on the Australian National Heritage List on 20/5/2008. The building is now owned and run by tne Metropolitan Aboriginal Association. The name Australia Hall is still on tne front of the building.

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