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Odeon Theatre (photo credit Cinema Treasures user johngleeson)

Odeon Theatre

Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

Original Theatre Opened: 1914

Reopened as an Atmospheric Theatre: 15th April 1930 (92 years ago)

Atmospheric Style: Italian Garden

Architects: Hassall and Stockham

Status: Demolished

Former Name: Empire Theatre

Address: 225 Auburn Street, Goulburn, NSW 2580 Link opens in new window


Overview

The theatre originally opened in sometime between June and October 1914 as the Empire Theatre. It was remodeled and reopened in April 1930 as the 2,295-seat Empire “Atmospheric” Theatre.

The auditorium was given a Venetian theme, with a Spanish Renaissance style being employed in the lobby/foyer. A souvenir booklet of the revamped grand theatre’s opening on 15th April 1930 describes the theatre as “surrounded by an old world wall and bound by careless creepers that radiate romance. Above, the deep star-spangled blue of the heavens, fleecy clouds float hazily past, through which the stars, the sentinels of the sky shed their misty light, the whole scene suggestive of a lingering hour spent in the land of dreams”. The Venetian garden interior featured stately cypress trees”, terraces, and balconies.

Taken over by Greater Union Theatres in 1948, it was known as the Odeon Theatre from 1950. It closed in July 1966 with a reduced seating capacity of 991, and was partially demolished in 1970, and the remains had gone by 1980. Goulburn Shopping Centre now stands on the site.

Further Reading

Online

Historic Photos & Documents
Exterior in 1928, courtesy <i>National Film and Sound Archive of Australia</i> (JPG)
Exterior in 1928, courtesy National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (JPG)
Auditorium from Balcony, courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>johngleeson</i> (JPG)
Auditorium from Balcony, courtesy Cinema Treasures user johngleeson (JPG)
Auditorium from Stage, courtesy <i>Goulburn Post</i> (JPG)
Auditorium from Stage, courtesy Goulburn Post (JPG)
Auditorium, courtesy <i>Goulburn Post</i> (JPG)
Auditorium, courtesy Goulburn Post (JPG)
Exterior, likely 1930s, courtesy <i>Goulburn Post</i> (JPG)
Exterior, likely 1930s, courtesy Goulburn Post (JPG)
Grand Opening Souvenir (cover only), courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>johngleeson</i> (JPG)
Grand Opening Souvenir (cover only), courtesy Cinema Treasures user johngleeson (JPG)
Lobby, courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>johngleeson</i> (JPG)
Lobby, courtesy Cinema Treasures user johngleeson (JPG)
Proscenium Closeup, courtesy Cinema Treasures user <i>johngleeson</i> (JPG)
Proscenium Closeup, courtesy Cinema Treasures user johngleeson (JPG)
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