Village Cinema City
545 George Street,
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Previously operated by: Village Theatres
Architects: Ron G. Monsborough
The 3-screen Village Cinema City opened on 25th April 1974 and was designed by architect Ron G. Monsborough. It was the first key city centre multiplex in Sydney, with seating provided for 650, 450 and 300.
Village Cinema City presented films distributed by Warner Bros aligned studios, Independent, Australian productions and Roadshow Film distributors. The cinemas first 70mm presentation on the Bauer U3 projectors was a film festival which included “Hello Dolly”, “Star”, “The Great Caruso”, “The Sound of Music”, “West Side Story”, “Sweet Charity” and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”.
Village Cinema City was expanded to five screens premiering “White Line Fever” after the adjoining building on the George Street south west wall was demolished to become two small auditoriums. Cinemas 4 and 5 opened on the 18th March 1976 and had seating for 250 and 200.
A sixth screen was added after the closure of the Village Ascot theatre on Pitt Street, opening on 5th February 1986 on the site of a demolished building off the Village Cinema City north eastern wall on Kent Street.
Village Cinema City closed in 2000 and was demolished for the construction of the Meriton Apartments.
Compiled by Peter Fraser. With thanks to David Coles and Peter Mason for their assistance.
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