Annandale Royal Theatre

124 Johnston Street,
Sydney, NSW 2038

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Previous Names: Annandale Theatre

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Annandale Royal Theatre

Located in the west Sydney suburb of Annandale. Owned and operated by independent Edgar Rein who also operated the Olympia Theatre in Annandale and the Strand Theatre in nearby Leichhardt, it opened in 1925 as the Annandale Theatre in a handsome brick building.

A fire damaged the interior in 1927, and the rebuilt theatre opened in 1928 as the Annandale Royal Theatre. It did well as the only cinema operating in north Annandale. The Annandale Royal Theatre was closed in August 1960.

The property had been purchased by Shell Oil, and they demolished it to build a gas station.

Contributed by john gleeson

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IreneClayton on September 1, 2012 at 6:57 am

Would love to make contact with John Gleeson. Iam the great grand daughter of Edgar Rein and chief family historian. Would love to chat.

johngleeson on September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Hi Irene, you can reach me at

Marghanita on February 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm

Hi Irene and John,

On 13th April, I am guiding a walk entitled “1920s Annandale” of which the Royal Theatre in Annandale is the centre piece, which brought me to this site.

I have published some material on the Theatre and the Reins at

Perhaps also of relevance to the cinema treasures website is information about Raycophone

There are some more recent memories of the Royal and Olympia theatres at


I plan to write up the walk as a book – 1920s Annandale: A Short Walk. I would love to add more about the family or the theatre.


IreneClayton on February 10, 2014 at 8:56 pm

How exciting!!!! please tell me how I can contact you

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