Embassy Cinema

75 Katoomba Street,
Katoomba, NSW 2780

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Architects: Guy Crick, Bruce W. Furse

Firms: Crick and Furse

Functions: Restaurant, Retail

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: Empire Picture Palace

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Embassy Cinema

Originally opened on 16th January 1915 as the 1,000-seat Empire Picture Palace. It was re-modelled in 1936 in an Art Deco style by noted architectural firm Crick & Furse, who were also working on the new Savoy Cinema just along the road. It re-opened as the Embassy Cinema on 17th December 1937.

The Embassy Cinema was closed during the worst of the winter months each year, and hardly ever played to full houses except during peak holiday periods in the summer’s, when visitors flock to this town located in the beautiful World Heritage Listed, Blue Mountains area.

It was closed in March 1954 and was converted into a Coles convenience store. It continues in other retail use today, and the remains of the auditorium decorations still exist above the false ceiling which has been inserted.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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davidcoppock on October 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

The builing is now(on the ground floor) a clothing store(Rivers), an Indian restaurant(3 Sisters Spice), and an atm(Westpac)nin between. Unknown when the Coles Variety Store closed down.

davidcoppock on April 22, 2020 at 8:22 am

The Empire Theatre opened on 16/1/1915 with 1000 seats. Renamed(after a remodel of the theatre building) as the Embassy Theatre on 17/12/1937 with 843 seats.

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