Sun Theatre

8 Ballarat Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3013

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jeremykewley on April 16, 2015 at 8:07 am

2 new screens were added in 2015, bringing the total number of screens at the Sun Cinemas to 8

ricjato on December 30, 2006 at 7:43 pm

The Sun Theatre has added two more screens. Named La Scala, 50 seats and Davis, 100 seats. The Davis is named after a local cinema identity Brian Davis, one time projectionist at the Sun.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 6, 2006 at 7:39 am

The Sun Theatre was designed by the architectural firm of Cowper, Murphy & Appleford. It was built for and operated by the Yeomans family who operated several Melbourne suburban cinemas, including the Westgarth Theatre in the district of Northcote.

It is accredited with being the first stadium design cinema in Australia with a parabolic floor (that is a floor which slopes down towards the screen, then reverses the slope upwards at the screen end).

In 1963 it was taken over by Cosmopolitan Motion Pictures and dropped normal release films in favour of Greek language films. It closed in 1977 and lay empty and boarded up for 18 years during which time the ceiling collapsed and most of the Art Deco decoration was destroyed.

In 1965 Michael Smith was looking for a building in which to base his company which manufactures cinema screens and curtains. Instead of turning it into a factory he brought in volunteers from the Sun Film Society who helped clean the place up and installed second-hand seats and in 1996 they began to screen classic and cult movies.

After a huge AU$1.5Million investment it was converted into a 4-screen cinema which opened on 23rd May 2003. Much of the decorative plasterwork has been re-created on the side walls, but the ceiling has still not been replaced.

The screens are named after former theatres in the area, the Grand, the Barkly, the Trocadero and the Lyric and have seating for 200, 170, 95 and 40.