Hoyts Newtown Theatre

218-222 King Street,
Sydney, NSW 2042

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Previously operated by: Hoyts Theatres

Architects: William Thomas Leighton

Functions: Housing, Restaurant

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Hub Theatre

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Hoyts Newtown Theatre

Located in the Sydney inner-city district of Newtown. The building was constructed in the 1890’s as the Newtown Swimming Baths and Winter Skating Rink. It was converted into a department store in the early-1900’s.

On 30th December 1914 it was converted into a cinema, known as the Hub Theatre with 882 seats. Later taken over by the Hoyts Theatres chain, it was re-modeled in an Art Deco style by architect William T. Leighton in 1934, and re-named Hoyts Newtown Theatre.

Hoyts Newtown Theatre was closed in September 1959, a casualty of the introduction of television in 1956. It was gutted internally and became a community centre.

In the the late-2000’s, it was converted into apartments, with a restaurant operating in the former entrance foyer area. The attractive Art Deco style facade remains on King Street.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Two photographs of the former Hoyts Newtown Theatre that I took in March 2010:

brucek on January 13, 2014 at 12:28 pm

I recall seeing “The Cult Of The Cobra” here in the mid 1950s.

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