Chatswood Kings Theatre

10 Railway Street,
Sydney, NSW 2067

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Previously operated by: Greater Union Theatres

Architects: Guy Crick, Bruce W. Furse

Firms: Crick and Furse

Styles: Art Deco

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Chatswood Kings Theatre

Located in the north Sydney suburb of Chatswood. The Chatswood Kings Theatre was built by and operated by the small chain of Kings Theatres around the Sydney suburbs. It opened on 24th July 1936 with Jack Oakie in “The Big Broadcast of 1936”. Seating was provided for 700 in the stalls and 300 in the circle. It was taken over by the Greater Union Theatres chain in May 1946.

The Chatswood Kings Theatre was closed on 24th March 1983 with Paul Newman in “Absence of Malice” and “Das Boot”(The Boat). It was demolished within days, despite a fierce campaign waged by a local student to save it.

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itsjohn on February 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I am indeed the “local student” referred to here who waged the campaign to save this beautiful cinema. The North Shore Times newspaper supported the ill-fated attempt to save what was a beautiful 1930s building, which has been replaced twice by ugly office slabs since the Kings was demolished. Many great afternoons for a young kid in the 1970s were spent inside this building. Just looking at this picture brings back all the memories.


465theavenue on November 25, 2013 at 6:11 am

Hi there, We have just opened a Bar/ Restaurant at the old Kings Theatre site. We would love to get a hold of any photos/ memorabilia from what looks like a magical space. Please contact us if you have any information about this theatre! we would love to know more about the history.

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