Boomerang Theatre

58 Carr Street,
Sydney, NSW 2034

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Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Bray's Boomerang Theatre

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Boomerang Theatre

Located in the outer southeast beach-side Sydney suburb of Coogee. Built in 1916 and known as Bary’s Boomerang Theatre, this was predominantly a vaudeville theatre when it first opened. It was taken over by Andy Kerr, a colourful Scots immigrant who was the city’s best known bookmaker. He was the manager, and partner Harry Clay booked the artists. The Boomerang Theatre offered a programme of films and stage shows with a resident orchestra.

It was rebuilt in 1928 with a Streamline Moderne style and the capacity dropped a little to 1,450, and it operated as a full time cinema. It was closed in October 1958. In December 1959, the local council approved plans for a motel to be built on the site and the Boomerang Theatre was demolished in the new year. Today an apartment block named Windsor Towers stands on the site.

One of the regular patrons at the Boomerang Theatre was twelve years old Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell who lived nearby. He later said this is where he got the urge to become an actor. Some state records list the theatre as the Boomerang/Star Theatre in later years.

Contributed by john gleeson

Recent comments (view all 3 comments)

Dererde_Vonhilfe on January 10, 2013 at 12:15 am

Located in Carr St cnr. Kurrawa Avenue.

rlamb2911 on November 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

I was born in Coogee in 1928 and have fond memories of the Boomerang theatre. I lived in Beach St around the corner from the theatre. I can remember attending the matinee session on Saturday. There was always two movies, an episode of a serial like “Tail Spin Tommy” and “Buck Rogers”. It was quite a treat for me. From memory, it used to cost about sixpence.

davidcoppock on June 6, 2018 at 2:18 pm

This cinema won’t be returning(like a boomerang i don’t think?

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