Crest Theatre

157 Blaxcell Street,
Sydney, NSW 2142

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Cinemas

Architects: Christopher A. Cowper

Firms: John W. Roberts & Associates

Functions: Community Center

Styles: Art Deco, Quonset Hut

Previous Names: Hoyts Crest Theatre

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Crest Theatre

Located in the Sydney suburb of Granville, near Granville South. The Crest Theatre opened at Easter, 27th March 1948 with “The Swordsman” and “Dangerous Years”. It was designed by architect Christopher A. Cowper and architectural firm John W. Roberts & Associates. It had an imposing corner entrance, that had a slender fin-tower feature. Inside the auditorium, the seating was on a stadium plan, with a raised stepped section at the rear, instead of an overhanging balcony. Operated by the Hoyts Theatres chain for its entire cinematic life. In it last years, it was only open one day a week, on a Saturday. The final closing date was Saturday, 24th August 1963.

After closing as a cinema, it was used as a ballroom and bingo hall. The building is currently used as a public hall.

It is Listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

Contributed by Lost Memory, Ken Roe

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Nice photo Chuck.

David Wilson
David Wilson on August 7, 2011 at 2:55 am

Another photo of the Crest can be found on this page.

Skinny on January 14, 2013 at 1:58 am

Back in the late 1960’s the Crest was a regular venue for dances which featured local and national bands.
Who remembers the names of some of the bands that played there?

rivest266 on July 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm

March 27th, 1948 grand opening ad in photo section.

HAL9000 on August 7, 2021 at 1:01 am

It was used as the exterior for a cinema in the 2018 film ‘Ladies in Black’, set in Sydney the late 1950s.

davidcoppock on July 10, 2022 at 9:42 am

The film “Ladies in Black” is set in 1959.

davidcoppock on July 10, 2022 at 9:49 am

The last single screen Hoyts cinema built in New South Wales.

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